Man Without Qualities

Monday, August 05, 2002

UPDATE: TIME'S UP! ... Notes From All Over!

AND ANOTHER UPDATE: CyberAlerts has still more, and Crooow Blog also writes to say that Sean Hannity is showing a video of Mr. Clinton's confession noted by Newsmax. [CORRECTION: Hannity played an audio of Mr. Clinton's address on the radio show, not a video.]


FURTHER UPDATE And now this.


There seems to be a growing number of problems with reporting behind the most recent TIME anti-Bush hatchet piece.

Foxnews reports (link via Croooow Blog):

The Clinton administration had no "plan" outlining detailed assessments of the threat from the terrorist network and offering ideas on how to counter Al Qaeda ... White House spokesman Sean McCormack said. "We were briefed on the Al Qaeda threat and what the Clinton administration was doing about it. These efforts against Al Qaeda were continued in the Bush administration." .... [Present] Administration officials said they moved as quickly as possible to assemble a plan for eliminating Al Qaeda. The review took eight months to complete and was finalized only a week before the Sept. 11 attacks, for which Al Qaeda is blamed.


Officials said that action items given to the Bush administration were proposed to the Clinton administration in 1998. The Clinton White House had two years to come up with a plan encompassing the proposals but did not.

The suggestions offered to the Bush administration, according to an administration official, proposed a three-to-five-year plan to "roll back" the threat coming from Al Qaeda.

Furthermore, a senior official told Fox that it would have been irresponsible not to take a fresh look at any proposals left on the table by a previous administration. The last time an administration blithely adopted an existing plan without a fresh analysis, this official argued, was the Bay of Pigs fiasco.

Croooow Blog also finds this Newsmax reminder that from 1998 on, Mr. Clinton had personally declined to order a plan drawn up to accomplish the same set of action points which seem to be the basis of the TIME report, and that Mr. Clinton has personally admitted as much.

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