Path to Chris Wallace- "Ten Lies told by Bill Clinton in his Interview on Fox News Sunday"
Bill Clinton Lie #1 " There is not a living soul in the world who thought that Bin laden had anything to do with black hawk down or was paying any attention to it or even knew al Qaeda was a growing concern in October of 1993."
FACT CHECK> 1998 Indictment against Bin Laden
"At various times from in or about 1992 until the date of the filing of this
Indictment, USAMA BIN LADEN and other ranking members of Al Qaeda stated
privately to other members of Al Qaeda that the United States forces stationed
in the Horn of Africa, including Somalia, should be attacked"
"Beginning in or about early spring 1993, Al Qaeda members began toprovide training and assistance to Somali tribes opposed to the UnitedNations intervention in Somalia;"
Clinton Lie #2 "I authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill him. CLINTON: What did I do? I worked hard to try and kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him."
FACT CHECK> Bill Clinton Speech February 2002>
"So I could have, on any given night, ordered an attack that I knew would kill
200 women and children that had less than a 50 percent chance of getting
him....Although I take full responsibility for it."
Clinton Lie #3 "Did you ever ask that? " It was a perfectly legitimate question but I want to know how many people in the Bush administration you asked this question"
FACT CHECK: On March 28, 2004 Chris Wallace grilled Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for 30 minutes about IRAQ & Pre 911 efforts against Terrorism. During the interview, Chris Wallace said to Sect. Rumsfeld:
"Mr. Secretary, it sure sounds like fighting terrorism was not a top priority. "
Clinton Lie #4 " I want to know how many you asked why did you fire Dick Clarke"
FACT CHECK: Richard Clarke was not fired he resigned as a NSC Special Advisor in January of 2003.
Clinton Lie #5 "And you came here under false pretenses and said that you'd spend half the time talking about.... (Clinton Global Initiative)"
FACT CHECK: Chris Wallace had 10 Questions written to ask Bill Clinton . 5 questions were strictly designed towards his Clinton Global Initiative. Bill Clinton decided to go off on a tear about the Sole Bin Laden Question.
Clinton Lie #6 "people on my political right who say didn' t do enough spent the whole time I was president saying why is he so obsessed with Bin Laden. And that was wag the dog when he tried to kill him."
FACT CHECK: On August 21, 1998, the top level Republicans in House & Senate went on record commending and supporting President Clinton's response to the US Embassy Bombings.
"I think the president did exactly the right thing," House
Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said of the bombing attacks. "By doing this we're
sending the signal there are no sanctuaries for terrorists."
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) called the attacks "appropriate and
just," and House Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) said "the American
people stand united in the face of terrorism."
"In the past I was worried that this administration didn't take this threat seriously enough, and didn't take Osama bin Laden seriously enough; I'm going to support him, wish him well and back him up." Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah)
"This administration for the last seven months has neglected compelling national
security threats besides this," said John McCain, a member of the Armed Services
Committee. "I cannot say that they've been neglected because of Monica Lewinsky,
but I can say unequivocally that they have been neglected."
Clinton Lie #7 "after the Cole I had battle plans drawn to go into Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban, and launch a full scale attack search for Bin Laden."
FACT CHECK: Richard Clarke background briefing August 2002
" I think the overall point is, there was no plan on Al Qaeda that was
passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration."
"There was never a plan in the Clinton administration to use ground forces. The military was asked at a couple of points in the Clinton administration to think about it. Um, and they always came back and said it was not a good idea. There was never a plan to do that."
Clinton Lie #8 "And if I were still president we'd have more than 20,000 troops there trying to kill him. Now I never criticized President Bush and I don't think this is useful. But you know we do have a government that think Afghanistan is 1/7 as important as Iraq"
FACT CHECK: Bill Clinton never once ordered Military ground troops in either Afghanistan or IRAQ the entire time of his Presidency. Bill Clinton signed a Federal Law in 1998 to remove Saddam from Power. In 1999 the FBI placed Bin Laden on the Most Wanted List. Now ask yourself did Bill Clinton ever use Ground troops anywhere during his Presidecy?
FACT CHECK: From the first day following 911, the War in Afghanistan to remove the Taliban & Al Qaeda was a coalition of NATO Forces. NATO took command and co-ordination of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in August 2003. As of February 2005, ISAF currently numbers around 8,204 troops from 36 NATO, nine partner and two non-NATO / non-partner countries. The USA represents 1% of the NATO forces in Afghanistan clearly marking the huge coalition efforts.
Clinton Lie #9 "All I'm asking is if anybody wants to didn'tI did't do enough, you read Richard Clarke's book."
FACT CHECK: Richard Clarke background briefing August 2002 "
And then changed the strategy from one of rollback with Al Qaeda over the course
of five years, which it had been, to a new strategy that called for the rapid
elimination of Al Qaeda. That is in fact the timeline."
Clinton Lie #10 "But at least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all the right wingers who are attacking me now. They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try and they didn’t….. I tried."
FACT CHECK: Bill Clinton had 2922 days in office to catch or kill Bin Laden following the 1993 WTC Bombing, The 1993 Mogadishu Blackhawk Down, The 1995 Operation Bojinka Terrorist Plot, The 1996 Khobar Towers bombing, the 1998 US Embassy bombings in Tanzania & Kenya and the 2000 USS Cole Bombing.
Comparatively, the Bush administration had 233 days to deal with terrorism prior to 911 and according to Richard Clarke the man Bill Clinton cited 10 times during the interview>
"the Bush administration decided then, you know, in late January (2001).... And then changed the strategy from one of rollback with Al Qaeda over the course of five years, which it had been, to a new strategy that called for the rapid elimination of Al Qaeda. That is in fact the timeline....that process which was initiated in the first week in February, uh, decided in principle, uh in the spring to add to the existing Clinton strategy and to increase CIA resources, for example, for covert action, five-fold, to go
after Al Qaeda."