President Clinton commented to Chris Wallace that 'conservatives' and 'neo cons' opposed and ridiculed his efforts to catch/kill Bin Laden. This contention has gone un examined by the MSM, they just dutifully report his comments, Were his comments true or just more CYA BS? Here are comments from republicans and neo cons at the time: from Newt Gingrich 8-20-96 "Well, I think the United States did exactly the right thing. We cannot allow a terrorist group to attack American embassies and do nothing. And I think we have to recognize that we are now committed to engaging this organization and breaking it apart and doing whatever we have to to suppress it, because we cannot afford to have people who think that they can kill Americans without any consequence. So this was the right thing to do." CNNĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s Candy Crowley reported on August 21, 1998, the day after cruise missiles were sent into Afghanistan: With law makers scattered to the four winds on August vacation, congressional offices revved up the faxes. From the Senate majority leader [Trent Lott], Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Despite the current controversy, this Congress will vigorously support the president in full defense of AmericaĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s interests throughout the world.Ă˘â‚¬ Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“The United States political leadership always has and always will stand united in the face of international terrorism,Ă˘â‚¬ said the powerful Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee [Jesse Helms]. The Atanta Journal-Constitution reported the same day: Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“Our nation has taken action against very deadly terrorists opposed to the most basic principles of American freedom,Ă˘â‚¬ said Sen. Paul Coverdell, a Republican member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“This action should serve as a reminder that no one is beyond the reach of American justice.Ă˘â‚¬ Former vice president Dan Quayle was quoted by CNN on August 23, 1998: I donĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t have a problem with the timing. You need to focus on the act itself. It was a correct act. Bill Clinton tookĂ˘â‚¬â€ťmade a decisive decision to hit these terrorist camps. ItĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s probably long overdue. Richard Perle, wrote the following in an August 23, 1998, op-ed published in the Sunday Times: "For the first time since taking office in 1993, the Clinton administration has responded with some measure of seriousness to an act of terror against the United States. This has undoubtedly come as a surprise to Osama Bin Laden, the Saudi terrorist believed to have been behind the bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, and to the regimes in Afghanistan and Sudan who provide him with sanctuary and support. Until now they, along with other terrorists and their state sponsors in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya and North Korea, have manoeuvred, plotted, connived and killed with confidence that the United States would do little or nothing in retaliation. So ThursdayĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s bombing is a small step in the right direction. More important, it reverses, at least for now, a weak and ineffective Clinton policy that has emboldened terrorists and confirmed that facilitating terror is without cost to the states that do it. " So Clinton continues as the master politican, wagging his finger and lying. IMO this was a caculated gambit to raise hos visibility among the left wing base and help Hillary who has been falling out of favor with the base. IMO this was a brillant move from a master politican and connsumate liar & revisionist.