VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Rudy Giuliani charged yesterday that former President Bill Clinton made a "big mistake" when he failed to see the first World Trade Center attack as an act of terror rather thana mere crime - one that set the stage for even bigger and bolder attacks culminating with 9/11.We also didn't send hundreds of thousands of troops to a land that had nothing to do with terrorism, terrorist attacks, or frankly anything at all to kill hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
"The United States government, then President Clinton, did not respond," Giuliani said, ticking off terrorist attacks that followed, including the bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa and the USS Cole in 2000. "[Osama] bin Laden declared war on us. We didn't hear it."
Bill Clinton stopped an additional 19 terror attacks by treating that bombing as a crime. Period. He kept the Pope alive. He stopped the Milennium Bomb plot. He kept the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels into New York City from being destroyed.
He stopped a plot to hijack seven planes over the Pacific and crash them, as well as a plot to hijack ONE plane and fly it into a building, CIA headquarters.
Failure of imagination, Condoleeza Rice called the inability to prevent the September 11 attacks, and yet, we managed to do it once, already, under a different president.
Bill Clinton rolled up a terror cell in New York City, and reached into Saudi Arabia and brought to justice a high level Al Qaeda operative there.
Was Bill Clinton lax in responding to the bombings in Africa in 1998? No. It was the Republican
A smart man, who wasn't running for any office, once said, "The idea of trying to cast blame on President Clinton is just wrong for many, many reasons, not the least of which is I don't think he deserves it."
His name? Rudy Giuliani. Maybe you ought to listen to that feller?