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    Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.[W:351]

    The day before the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, former President Bill Clinton told a group of businessmen in Australia that he "could have killed" the man behind those attacks, Osama bin Laden, in 1998, but he decided against launching a strike out of concern for civilian casualties.

    It's a startling and tragic bit of irony that remained hidden until Wednesday, when Michael Kroger, the former head of the Liberal Party in Australia, released the audio during an interview on Sky News. Mr. Clinton knew he was being recorded, but the audio was never released because Kroger said he'd forgotten about it until last week.

    Clinton was speaking to Kroger and about 30 other businessmen in Melbourne for a paid gig on September 10, 2001, when he was asked about international terrorism.
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    "I'm just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden - he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him - and I nearly got him once," said Clinton, who'd departed the White House earlier that year. "I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn't do it."
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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Crazy huh, to be put in such a terrible situation of "this versus that, and oh, by the way, no matter which choice you choose you're probably going to have a huge plummet in popularity because if you kill Osama Bin Laden and 300 innocent people everyone's going to call you a murderer since 9/11 didn't happen and people weren't paranoid. If you Don't kill Osama Bin Laden everyone is going to hate you because 9/11 will have happened."

    My question is, did he know that Osama Bin Laden was planning such an attack on the Twin Towers? How could he have known, for all he knew he could have killed 300 innocent beings to get a guy who would only go to suicide bomb 15 civilians.

    There was no information, and because of that, I just can't have anything against Clinton in that regard, I simply cannot hold anything against him, as terrible as 9/11 was no one could have known.
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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Nothing new here, anyone who read the 9-11 Commission Report already knows that Clinton had a chance to get Bin Laden but passed on it.

    Clinton's anti-terrorist policy was that terrorism was not a national security issue but a law enforcement issue.

    When G.W. Bush became POTUS he stuck with Clinton's failed terrorist polices. But after 9-11-01 Bush didn't spend eight years blaming Clinton failed couner terrorist policies.

    What the article left out, while blowing up an aspirin factory Clinton also blew up the Chinese Embassy.

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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Nothing new here, anyone who read the 9-11 Commission Report already knows that Clinton had a chance to get Bin Laden but passed on it.

    Clinton's anti-terrorist policy was that terrorism was not a national security issue but a law enforcement issue.

    When G.W. Bush became POTUS he stuck with Clinton's failed terrorist polices. But after 9-11-01 Bush didn't spend eight years blaming Clinton failed couner terrorist policies.

    What the article left out, while blowing up an aspirin factory Clinton also blew up the Chinese Embassy.
    Clinton didn't do anything from his office in the WH, funny you. Did you think that Clinton told the pentagon to target the Chinese embassy?
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Quote Originally Posted by Van Basten View Post
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    Read the full story HERE.
    Never a good thing to kill innocent civilians. If that's the TRUE reason he declined, good on him.
    Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy

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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Quote Originally Posted by Montecresto View Post
    Never a good thing to kill innocent civilians. If that's the TRUE reason he declined, good on him.
    While I can understand why he didn't at the time, I doubt if knowing now what he did then if he'd pass up the opportunity.

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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Nothing new here, anyone who read the 9-11 Commission Report already knows that Clinton had a chance to get Bin Laden but passed on it.

    Clinton's anti-terrorist policy was that terrorism was not a national security issue but a law enforcement issue.

    When G.W. Bush became POTUS he stuck with Clinton's failed terrorist polices. But after 9-11-01 Bush didn't spend eight years blaming Clinton failed couner terrorist policies.

    What the article left out, while blowing up an aspirin factory Clinton also blew up the Chinese Embassy.
    That was no accident.

    Nato bombed Chinese deliberately | World news | The Observer

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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    You guys are so desperately partisan it's hilarious. I can't believe you guys are in here basically backing the slaughter of 300 innocent people in a single strike to preemptively take down Osama bin Laden when 9/11 would still have happened being that he didn't even orchestrate it. Osama's role in 9/11 was being in charge of al qaeda when 9/11 happened and gave it his approval to happen. He didn't make it up. So 9/11 would most likely still have happened.

    You insane partisans for the laughs.
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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Quote Originally Posted by APACHERAT View Post
    Nothing new here, anyone who read the 9-11 Commission Report already knows that Clinton had a chance to get Bin Laden but passed on it.

    Clinton's anti-terrorist policy was that terrorism was not a national security issue but a law enforcement issue.

    When G.W. Bush became POTUS he stuck with Clinton's failed terrorist polices. But after 9-11-01 Bush didn't spend eight years blaming Clinton failed couner terrorist policies.

    What the article left out, while blowing up an aspirin factory Clinton also blew up the Chinese Embassy.
    9/11 was a DECADE in the making, killing Osama wouldn't have prevented 9/11 Jesus with the hyperbole.

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    Re: Bill Clinton: "I could have killed" Osama bin Laden.

    Quote Originally Posted by poweRob View Post
    You guys are so desperately partisan it's hilarious. I can't believe you guys are in here basically backing the slaughter of 300 innocent people in a single strike to preemptively take down Osama bin Laden when 9/11 would still have happened being that he didn't even orchestrate it. Osama's role in 9/11 was being in charge of al qaeda when 9/11 happened and gave it his approval to happen. He didn't make it up. So 9/11 would most likely still have happened.

    You insane partisans for the laughs.
    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    9/11 was a DECADE in the making, killing Osama wouldn't have prevented 9/11 Jesus with the hyperbole.
    It doesn't matter. At the time, Bin Laden was the head of the organization that attacked us on 9/11. You can't really say what the effect that would of had on the organization in terms of morale, if the top guy is taken out.

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