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Bill Clinton and His Tall Tales

Monday, 25 September 2006 12:00 AM

Bill Clinton and Richard Armitage are two inveterate story tellers who have never made a mistake in their lives - and who love to blame any and everybody but themselves.

Bill Clinton's performance on Sunday morning's Fox newscast was a rare look into the mean, defensive, and small man who was a total disaster as president. Dick Morris — a long-time pal of Bill Clinton — says in private that Bill Clinton knows he is a phony — and lives in mortal fear of "being found out."

Everything about him is phony: his "compassion," his "marriage," and his "devotion to helping people."

In effect, Bill Clinton remains what he has always been: a smart-ass, attention-starved motor-mouth who is never wrong.

Blaming the CIA and the FBI and the military for his failure to get Osama bin Laden is ridiculous: As president of the United States, the CIA, FBI and Joint Chiefs of Staff reported to him!

He had the power to either convince or order them to do what he wanted regarding retaliation for terrorist attacks on American forces and territories (U.S. Embassy attacks and the USS Cole). So to see Clinton blaming them for his failure to even attack Osama bin Laden is a peek into how this man's mind works.

"That depends on what your definition of ‘is' is," was — before this sure-to-be-notorious Fox interview — the perfect example of Clinton's hair-splitting. But now it is his portrayal of his utter powerless-ness to get his subordinates to attack Osama. If he truly wanted to get Osama, he could have gotten those attacks done.

The head of the bin Laden Desk at the CIA, Michael Scheuer, has made it clear that his unit (since disbanded by the Bush administration) was ready and willing to go into Afghanistan and hit Osama's camps. But the order never came from above.

Clinton is clearly stung by ABC's "The Path to 9/11" — and his inability to get Hollywood to change something to his liking. It must have been a huge shock to him that his base — the Hollywood left — couldn't or wouldn't bend to his demands and scrap the movie.

Instead, "The Path to 9/11" correctly showed Clinton as "out to lunch" and distracted by Monica. Oh, by the way, why doesn't someone ask Clinton this question: Why did Monica Lewinsky spend more time in the Oval Office with Clinton than did the director of Central Intelligence?

What does that say about his commitment to national security?

Now, while Clinton is trying to refurbish his damaged image, we have the spectacle of another long-time D.C. insider who seems to be at the epicenter of two of the biggest stories of our time: former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage.

First, Armitage comes forward with crocodile tears and apologizes for inadvertently leaking Valerie Plame's name in the CIA leak case. He claims to have leaked it "innocently" and in an off-handed manner to columnist Robert Novak.

The so-called mainstream media reports this — with nary a jaundiced eye. But, then, Novak comes forward and totally contradicts Armitage's recollection of the entire episode.

Then this past week it is revealed tha Armitage allegedly threatened the Pakistani government after 9/11 that the U.S. "would bomb you back to the Stone Age" if they didn't cooperate with us.

Armitage now denies using the Stone Age language; but the Pakistani government is certain of it — and was offended by it.

There are two huge stories — the post-9/11 war plan in Afghanistan and the intelligence leading to the war in Iraq — and Armitage is smack dab in the middle of both. And his take does not fit the memory of anyone else.

Curious, isn't it?

Either he is right and everyone else is wrong or mistaken — or he indeed is a dissembler of the first degree.

I have dealt with Armitage on the POW issue in Vietnam and Laos. He is one of the most dishonest people I have ever met.

Isn't it amazing how someone like Armitage just remains involved in every big story — in multiple administrations?

Both Clinton and Armitage are good examples of all that is wrong with our government: They are both self-serving egomaniacs who can't tell the truth even when it helps them.

Oh how we need some new blood in D.C.

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