Monday, August 22, 2005

On wagging the dog - or, um, on not doing that

Okay, so I'm all kinds of busy today (and I hate that), so today you're just getting one of those heavily linked "Heh. Indeedy" posts. Seeing the Forest looks at the New York Times's take on Clinton and bin Laden. The article is titled "State Dept. Says It Warned About bin Laden in 1996," and Dave pulls out this quote:
"The thinking was that he was in Afghanistan, and he was dangerous, but because he was there, we had a better chance to kill him," Mr. Scheuer said. "But at the end of the day, we settled for the worst possibility - he was there and we didn't do anything." [emphasis mine]

which contrasts nicely with this 1998 Telegraph article titled, interestingly enough, Clinton strikes terrorist bases:"
THE United States launched cruise missile strikes in Afghanistan and Sudan yesterday against centres allegedly linked with the terrorist bombings of two American embassies.

and even with this Times article titled, also interestingly, "U.S. Cruise Missiles Strike Sudan and Afghan Targets Tied to Terrorist Network:"
With about 75 missiles timed to explode simultaneously in unsuspecting countries on two continents, the operation was the most formidable U.S. military assault ever against a private sponsor of terrorism.

... Clinton and his national security team linked both sites to Osama bin Laden, the exiled Saudi millionaire tied by U.S. intelligence to the twin bombings on Aug. 7 in Kenya and Tanzania. The bombings killed 12 Americans and nearly 300 Africans.

... The president made no apologies for ordering the strikes without permission from Afghanistan or the Sudan, saying, "Countries that persistently host terrorists have no right to be safe havens."

... Clinton presented several reasons for the decision to act swiftly and forcefully, rather than to punish bin Laden through the means of diplomacy and law. Repeatedly he said bin Laden presented an imminent threat, quoting his pledge this week to wage a war in which Americans were "all targets."

'cept none of that counted, 'cause he was just wagging the dog.

Heh. Indeedy.

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