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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Bill Clinton and Bin Laden - Missed Opportunities UPDATED!

ABC airs "The Path to 9/11" this evening in a two-part mini-series. The Clintonites are going crazy over the "lies" they claim are portrayed in the movie. I would say ABC should not mix fact with fiction, if that's what they have done. However, there have been first hand accounts of Clinton's miss opportunities to get bin Laden.
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I have written more than once about Lt. Col. Buzz Patterson who carried the "nuclear football" for Clinton during a portion the Clinton's presidency. Patterson's position puts him up close and personal into daily activities of any President.
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One of the main thrusts in ABC's "docudrama" is the Clinton administrations failure to kill Osama bin Laden when they had the opportunities. In Patterson's "Dereliction of Duty" the Clinton administration has bin Laden in their sites during the fall of 1998 and had a two-hour window to eliminate him.
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Here is what Patterson explained as a missed opportunity to get bin Laden:
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The first missed opportunity occurred when Clinton was engaged in watching a golf tournament and became irritated when Patterson approached him. After Patterson's third attempt to get Clinton to return Sandy Berger's urgent phone calls, Clinton gave Patterson a cool response he would phone Berger on his way back to the White House. The defeated Berger knew that the opportunity was gone.
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Berger was told by a military watch officer "Sir, we've located bin Laden. We have a two-hour window to strike." After Clinton did not return phone calls from Berger for over an hour, Clinton then wanted more time to study the situation. Dereliction of Duty reveals "We 'studied' the issues until it was too late-the window of opportunity closed."
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Clinton was told fighter jets were running on an air craft carrier and needed to take off. Preoccupied with golf Clinton refused to listen to Patterson, the jets idled until the fuel levels were to low for takeoff and bin Laden remains alive.
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While the Clintonites protest, Patterson comments on his screening of tonights movie:
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"I have seen the ABC mini-series. It is right on the money. I was there with Clinton and Berger and watched the missed opportunities occur. Anything to the contrary is political spin ."
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The DNC, Howard Dean, Harry Reid and their ilk are only good at one thing and that's political spin.
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UPDATE!
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A former military aide to President Clinton who claims he witnessed several missed opportunities to capture or kill Osama bin Laden says the producer of the ABC mini-series "The Path to 9/11" came to him in frustration after network executives under a heavy barrage of criticism from former administration officials began pressing for changes to the script.
xxx In an interview with World Net Daily, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson said producer and writer Cyrus Nowrasteh called him the morning of Sept. 1, explaining he had used Patterson's book "Dereliction of Duty" as a source for the drama.
xxx Later that day, Nowrasteh brought a preview copy of "The Path to 9/11" to Patterson for him to view at home. Patterson, who says he has talked with the director seven or eight times since then, also received a phone call from an ABC senior vice president, Quinn Taylor.
xxx Patterson told WND he recognizes the television production conflates several events, but, in terms of conveying how the Clinton administration handled its opportunities to get bin Laden, it's "100 percent factually correct," he said.
xxx "I was there with Clinton and (National Security Adviser Sandy) Berger and watched the missed opportunities occur," Patterson declared.
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Full Story --->>> World Net Daily

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3 Comments:

Anonymous A friend from Europe said...

Path to 9/11 is not the only inaccurate and misleading docudrama.
The movie United 93 is described as "meticulously researched" and "based on fact", but there is not any indication that the German passenger Christian Adams was indeed a coward and appeaser and tried to stop the American heroes from storming the cockpit as the movie shows. The Guardian's film critic writes: "The film United 93 finds old Europe literally standing in the way of US derring-do. The only trouble is, it didn't happen that way."
Perhaps you are interested in my take on this in the Atlantic Review: German 9/11 Victim Defamed in "United 93" Movie.
Thanks.

9/10/2006 01:21:00 PM  
Blogger Liberally Conservative said...

Coming from the Guardian I would question it's accuracy from a tabloid is consistently anti-America.

I cannot vouch for the the accuracy of the film United 93 except for it's claims.

On the other hand Lt. Col. Patterson was an eye witness and expressed his concerns about a President and White House staff who were anti-Military, especially demands from the First Lady that "no military uniforms be worn in the White House." How dare her!

I will, however, read your story and comment if appropriate.

Thank You for commenting.

9/10/2006 01:36:00 PM  
Blogger Liberally Conservative said...

I read the Atlantic Review but realize it is one-sided defending one of their own.

I can't rely on their opinion because they are simply upset and asserting the anti-American attitude of Europe.

The previous German government was weak-kneed and your ex-prime minister is now in bed with Putin and demonstrating his pro-Saddam Hussien rhetoric was based on future business dealings surrounded by Russian, German and Hussein Iraq contracts.

9/10/2006 01:42:00 PM  

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