“…so I didn’t do it.”
As the adage proclaims, hindsight is 20/20; however, some actions — or failures to act — are later proven to have literally world-changing repercussions. One such case involves then-President Bill Clinton’s ability to take out the terrorist mastermind behind the deadliest attack in U.S. history.
Sky News host Paul Murray recently presented never-before-heard audio of Clinton defending his decision to let bin Laden continue planning his terror plots in an Australian address given mere hours before the planes crashed into multiple targets, killing nearly 3,000 individuals.
Murray explained that Clinton had “a chance to change history but he chose not to — and the result was thousands of people who died.”
He went on to charge that the Democrat, only months removed from the White House, “almost brags about not killing the person who took so many lives.”
Former Australian Liberal Party President Michael Kroger had possession of the audio tape, only recently realizing the potential merit of the clip Murray played for his audience. He explained that Clinton was speaking before a group of Australian business leaders when he made the ominous statement.
“Ten hours before the planes hit the World Trade Center,” Kroger recalled, “Bill Clinton was answering a question from a member of the audience about terrorism … and he made some extraordinary remarks which have hitherto remained in my vault.”
Speaking about Bin Laden, Clinton confirmed that he had a clear shot at wiping out the menace, then residing in Afghanistan.
“I nearly got him,” he said, “and I could have killed him; but I would have had to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent children. And then I would have been no better than him; so I didn’t do it.”
Kroger cited the magnitude of Clinton allowing bin Laden “to continue with his terrorist activities,” explaining that the comment was not forgotten among those present for the meeting.
“He tells the business people in Australia this on Sept. 10,” Kroger said, “and of course in the days after that, Paul, everyone’s ringing each other, saying ‘Oh my God, do you remember what he said at the meeting that he could have killed bin Laden and he didn’t?’”
The result, he concluded, is that “the world changed, and of course we’ve never been the same since.”
Murray added that, in light of what happened hours later, Clinton likely tried to distance himself from that decision.
“What’s very definite,” he said, “is I’m pretty sure he’s dropped that part of the anecdote from the after-dinner speaking circuit in the past couple of years. Best not to talk about it, methinks.”