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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    First, I agree with Riv. The people “to blame” for 9/11 are the people that planned, funded, and executed 9/11. You don’t blame a rape victim for getting raped, you don’t blame a president for his country being attacked.

    Second, you can however point to actions that helped enable it or increased the risk for such events to happen. Clinton is responsible for a large number of such things. While yes, Bush followed Clinton’s precedence, Clinton was physically in office and in power for the 1993 WTC bombings, the Khobar tower bombings, the Embassy bombings, and the U.S.S. Cole bombings giving him thorough and direct experience with these things multiple times. It was under him that the Gorelick Wall truly came into prominence, causing intelligence not to be shared between cases. It was him in the Commander and Chief position during Mogadishu. And while I understand the hesitance of believing a terrorists statements these statements mixed with previous ones by Bin Laden that, given their context, read more as actual belief than simply propaganda gives credence to the notion that they had largely viewed us as weak willed when it came to military matters.

    Is this to say that the actions of Clinton are the ONLY ones that helped open up the situation to happening, or that Clinton is the only politician or President to have not taken it seriously or performed actions that exacerbated the situation? Absolutely not. Its undeniable our continued presence in the middle east and support of Israel angered Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. One could argue our support of the rebels in Afghanistan during the cold war directly lead to their gain in power which lead to 9/11. One could also argue that those were “Good” actions that contributed to the end result while Clinton’s were “bad” actions, hell I’d say I’m more in that line of thinking then the other ways.

    What one can’t say however is that Clinton and his policies were directly, and seemingly through the implications primarily or solely, responsible for creating the situation in which 9/11 occurred. I do personally believe he had a large hand in it, but the blame for the climate that allowed it to happen can be spread amongst many people even if Clinton is one of the larger ones in that grouping.

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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    They are partially responsible if they failed to elminate the threat.
    I disagree that anyone is responsible for someone elses actions.

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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    The nonsense is blaming ONE president for 9/11 like you are doing all the while taking the word of a terrorist over any other analysis. Classic


    Uhm did you read the whole thread? I think you should.
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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    Uhm did you read the whole thread? I think you should.
    I have, and you blaming Clinton for 9/11 is pathetic at best. Your blaming Clinton for 9/11 is the definition of partisan hackery.

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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNextEra View Post
    I have, and you blaming Clinton for 9/11 is pathetic at best. Your blaming Clinton for 9/11 is the definition of partisan hackery.
    So your not going to notice where i said bush up until sept 10th dropped the ball or acknowledged the two presidents before were no help either?


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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    So as we can see, Inaction by the Clinton administration fueled the confidence of Osama and AQ. This is not actually news to some of us. We often state that one needs to respond harshly to these attacks....


    Appeasment and timidness, led directly to the 911 attacks.

    Please enlighten us all, between January 20, 2001 - Sept. 11, 2001, what steps exactly did W. take to take out Bin Laden and AQ?

    I mean, with the memo 'Bin Laden determined to strike in US' you'd think he would have done something, right?

    Appeasement and timidness, indeed.

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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    Appeasment and timidness, led directly to the 911 attacks.
    See, here's where I think you're wrong. I think that did in part help lead to it, but not directly. Why?

    Because stubborness and displays of power also helped lead to it. Take for example our support of Israel despite knowing it inflamed the radicals, our remaining in the midst of the middle east following the Iraq War, and our exertion of our influence and power in the puppeting of the rebels in afghanistan. None of those three acts could be considered appeasement nor timidness yet all also had a hand in leading to the inevitable attacks.

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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by hazlnut View Post
    Please enlighten us all, between January 20, 2001 - Sept. 11, 2001, what steps exactly did W. take to take out Bin Laden and AQ?

    I mean, with the memo 'Bin Laden determined to strike in US' you'd think he would have done something, right?

    Appeasement and timidness, indeed.
    Reading, it does a body good. And by "does a body good" I mean "doesn't make you look foolish"

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    So your not going to notice where i said bush up until sept 10th dropped the ball or acknowledged the two presidents before were no help either?
    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    I don't think Bush had a clue on sept 10th.
    (In regards to Bush not doing anything more than Clinton)
    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    He should have.... NEXT!!!!!!
    Also, you should try to speak to people in the intelligence community. Especially ones without a large agenda or wanting to get their names recognized. Warnings of imminent of potential attacks are hardly uncommon, nor routinely acted upon directly by a President. Simply because one got leaked that seems OBVIOUS strictly out of hindsight means absolutely nothing, especially when you refuse to have the intellectual honesty to view it objectively from a pre-9/11 stand point and have the inability to view it in the full panoramic view that would be the entirity of the Presidents briefs of potential threats.

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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Why are people still talking about what Bin Laden thinks? The guy is obviously dead. We haven't seen a video recording of him in years, and the only "evidence" are murky audio recordings that are probably being done by his peons. The less cred we give this guy by talking about his former existence, the less his stupidity will proliferate.

    The 9/11 attacks were the fault of Al Qaeda, but there were still things the U.S. admin at the time could have done differently. Hindsight is 20/20 as they say, so it's easy to nitpick now. I do think, based on how leaders (such as the Saudi King) were being flown out of the country in advance, that there was some degree of advanced alert within the intelligence community.

    So, we can definitely blame Al Qaeda for the actual attack, but I think the White House did a poor job at damage control. My sister's friend in Toronto at the time received a recording from others in the Muslim community telling them that if they or anyone they know are planning to go to NYC in the fall, that they should avoid it; also, if they know people there, they should tell them to get out. I think the CIA had more than enough heads up.
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    Re: Bin Laden had 'no clue' about Sept. 11 retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Reading, it does a body good. And by "does a body good" I mean "doesn't make you look foolish"
    I respond to one post at time, Zyph, ol' pal.

    Beginning with the OP -- I question Rev's understanding of history regarding who did what with AQ.

    Now, if Rev wants to backpedal..um, er..elaborate on his OP throughout thread, good for him, showing some intellectual honesty. We need more of that around DP.

    However, to start an odviously partisan Clinton/Dem bashing thread, then start adding footnotes as you go along... Pretty lame, Rev.

    Pret-ty LAME.

    Why not get all your thoughts collected in one OP before you press that little button at the bottom?

    I read, I responded.

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