Bill Clinton has been busy as of late mostly promoting his Clinton Global Initiative, where in he gathers many leaders of industry, politics, and the like who are interested in making world-bettering changes. As part of the PR push, he’s made his rounds on a dispearte number of venues: The Daly Show, Meet the Press, Fox News Sunday….
And that’s where the latest hullabaloo is staged. Slated to talk half the time about the Initiative and half answering any questions Fox News Channel wanted to ask, here’s the question that was posed:
Chris Wallace: When we announced that you were going to be on FOX News Sunday, I got a lot of email from viewers, and Iâ€™ve got to say, I was surprised most of them wanted me to ask you this question: Why didnâ€™t you do more to put Bin Laden and al Qaeda out of business when you were President? Thereâ€™s a new book out which I suspect youâ€™ve read called The Looming Tower. And it talks about how the fact that when you pulled troops out of Somalia in 1993, Bin Laden said, “I have seen the frailty and the weakness and the cowardice of US troops.” Then there was the bombing of the embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole
Bill Clinton: Okayâ€¦
CW: â€¦May I just finish the question, sir? And after the attack, the book says Bin Laden separated his leaders because he expected an attack and there was no response. I understand that hindsight is 20/20â€¦
BC: No, letâ€™s talk aboutâ€¦
CW: â€¦but the question is why didnâ€™t you do more? Connect the dots and put them out of business?
As you can imagine, that really lit a fire under Bill, but instead of playing diplomat and taking it, he came out swinging with a well articulated and fact-filled response. And here in age of broadband, we don’t have to just read the transcript — you can watch the video for yourself.
About damn time, is all I have to say. ^_^
(Big time hat tip to Crooks and Liars)