Capt Ed notes that Newsweek (ugh) has apparently caught Slick in another (I’ve lost count) lie.

“It appears that Bill Clinton may have exaggerated his record when it came to strategizing against Osama bin Laden. Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Mark Hosenball take a look at the Inspector General’s report of the pre-9/11 intelligence failures at the CIA and find an interesting nugget. Despite Clinton’s angry assertion to Chris Wallace in last year’s controversial Fox interview, he never gave the CIA an assassination order regarding bin Laden.”

The Newsweek excerpt (note they don’t get to this until page three of their essay):

“The report also criticized intelligence problems when Bill Clinton was president, detailing political and legal ‚Äúconstraints‚Äù agency officials felt in the late 1990s. In September 2006, during a famous encounter with Fox News anchor Wallace, Clinton erupted in anger and waived his finger when asked about whether his administration had done enough to get bin Laden. ‚ÄúWhat did I do? What did I do?‚Äù Clinton said at one point. ‚ÄúI worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since.‚Äù

Clinton appeared to have been referring to a December 1999 Memorandum of Notification (MON) he signed that authorized the CIA to use lethal force to capture, not kill, bin Laden. But the inspector general‚Äôs report made it clear that the agency never viewed the order as a license to ‚Äúkill‚Äù bin Laden‚Äîone reason it never mounted more effective operations against him. ‚ÄúThe restrictions in the authorities given the CIA with respect to bin Laden, while arguably, although ambiguously, relaxed for a period of time in late 1998 and early 1999, limited the range of permissible operations,‚Äù the report stated. (Scheuer agreed with the inspector general‚Äôs findings on this issue, but said if anything the report was overly diplomatic. ‚ÄúThere was never any ambiguity,‚Äù he said. ‚ÄúNone of those authorities ever allowed us to kill anyone. At least that‚Äôs what the CIA lawyers told us.‚Äù A spokesman for the former president had no immediate comment.)”

As I said they spend the majority of the article pinning the thing on Bush and Hayden (Jamie Gorelick?), but the fact remains that Clinton didn’t do squat because they didn’t see Bin Laden as important as keeping his ass from being removed from office – it’s that simple. Oh, and let’s not forget that he also refused an offer by the Saudis….oh, never mind.