Bill Clinton Could Have Killed Osama bin Laden Before 9/11 -- Here’s Why He Didn’t

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Politicians have made some surprising admissions over the years, but perhaps none will startle Americans as much as the recent revelation about President Bill Clinton. Today, reports surfaced that just 10 hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, he told a group of Australian businessmen that he had a chance to kill terrorist Osama bin Laden but declined to take it. Of course the immediate question that comes to mind is "Why?" For some, the explanation will be unsettling.

In a recording, the former President said:

I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden -- he’s a very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him ... And so I didn’t do it.

Of course he had no idea the weight those words would carry one day. Though now it's bone chilling to hear when you think about bin Laden's vicious attack on American soil. Some 2,753 souls were taken during the plane bombing of the Twin Towers. The attack on the Pentagon took 125 more.

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Living here in New York at the time was indescribable. I had been in the city just two years when it happened, and it was a terrifying place to be. We didn't know if more was to come in the days immediately following. We felt as though we were risking our lives just by hopping on the subway or walking near a landmark. And the rubble. The memory of that pile of twisted steel and debris still gives me nightmares. 

So to think that Clinton could have taken that monster out! How would our world have been different if he had? Would all of those lives have been spared? Would the old New York landscape still be intact? Would all of those devastated families still be whole?

Though, I must admit, Clinton was a very smart, adroit leader and I have every confidence he did what he felt was right. As he said, killing all those innocent people in Kandahar would have been its own form of terrorism I suppose.

Even if he had chosen to assassinate bin Laden, that was no guarantee that the 9/11 attacks would not have happened. As the saying goes in the world of terrorist cells, cut off the head and another one grows in its place.

What do you think about Clinton's admission?


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luvmy... luvmybubs

So what you are saying is it's OK to slaughter innocent people as long as it's them and not us. That is why there is terrorism and war.

NatAndCo NatAndCo

All that would've happened is we would've been searching for a man with a different name. There will always be someone to take his place.

Freela Freela

Hindsight is perfect, it is easy to make decisions in hindsight. Obviously Clinton could not foresee 9/11. That said, why are the lives of those 300 citizens of Kandahar worth less than those you imply Clinton might have saved? They were also innocent people, going about their daily lives. You speak of the trauma that New Yorkers went through after 9/11... the rubble, the wreckage, the fear of attack, the bereaved families... this wouldn't have been any less for the people of Kandahar and the surrounding areas. The idea that a certain amount of collateral damage is acceptable in pursuing a military target is loathsome when you recognize that those 'acceptable losses' are not number, but actual human beings, like you, like me, like our children. It sounds as though Clinton was cognizant of this when he made his decision and made the most moral decision he could under the circumstances with the information he had at the time.

iicar... iicarmerin

What he did was honorable, he didn't want the deaths of 300 innocent people on his hands. There was no way he knew what was going to happen on 9/11. Maybe if more politician thought about protecting innocent people so much tragedy and death would be avoided.

nonmember avatar American Expat

Indeed, taking out Bin Laden back then while kill 300 villagers probably would not have prevented 9/11, and may have led to something worse.

The leader of the Haqqani network has said repeatedly he LOVES American drones strikes, they are by far his best recruitment tool, he says no one is easier to manipulate into committing acts of terror than grieving fathers, sons, husbands, and brothers.

Fondue Fondue

luvmybubs--she said nothing of the sort. She even agreed that it would be its own form of terrorism. Re-read the post and work on your reading comprehension skills, please.

nonmember avatar Zoe

fondue did you have a bad day and feel like attacking strangers on the internet would make you feel better about yourself? Meditation and deep breathing are much better releases.

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