Radio Clown Mark Levin Shows Disdain For Clintons, Truth
Radio Clown Mark Levin was in rare form tonight.
The subject was Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) -- or as Levin so "humorously" puts it "Her Thighness" -- and her defense of what husband Bill Clinton said during an interview with Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace.
Levin didn't really care what Sen. Clinton had to say. He made up his mind long ago that President Clinton was a failure fighting terrorism. Why?
"Your husband was too busy taking a dip in the intern pool," he said.
It's such a predictable statement from fact-challenged conservative ranters. Levin really isn't interested in the truth, but "truthiness." And if he can get in a couple of cheap, nasty shots against the Clintons, all the better. Name-calling is commonplace for Levin; it's the best the radio clown can do to get laughs from his fringe conservative audience.
But don't take my word for it, or even President Clinton's. Take the word of the bipartisan 9/11 Commission Report, which says on Pages 117-118:
9/11 COMMISSION REPORT: At the time, President Clinton was embroiled in the Lewinsky scandal, which continued to consume public attention for the rest of that year and the first months of 1999. As it happened, a popular 1997 movie, Wag the Dog, features a president who fakes a war to distract public attention from a domestic scandal. Some Republicans in Congress raised questions about the timing of the strikes (against Al Shifa, a Khartoum pharmaceutical plant, which intelligence reports said was manufacturing a precursor ingredient for nerve gas with Osama Bin Ladin's financial support. CIA Director George Tenet concluded the strikes probably missed Bin Ladin by a few hours.)
... Everyone involved in the decision had, of course, been aware of President Clinton’s problems. He told them to ignore them. (National Security Advisor Sandy) Berger recalled the President saying to him “that they are going to get crap either way, so they should do the right thing.” All his aides testified to us that they based their advice solely on national security considerations. We have found no reason to question their statements.
The failure of the strikes, the "wag the dog" slur, the intense partisanship of the period, and the (inconclusive) nature of the Al Shifa evidence likely had a cumulative effect on future decisions about the use of force against Bin Ladin. Berger told us that he did not feel any sense of constraint.
Levin might have been confused, of course, because the recent ABC "docudrama" Path To 9/11 suggested Clinton was distracted by intern Monica Lewinsky. And that in turn has caused reporters from the mainstream media to get the story wrong.
The New York Times wrote in its Sept. 8 review of Path To 9/11: "The Sept. 11 commission concluded that the sex scandal distracted the Clinton administration from the terrorist threat." (It corrected the error in the following edition.)
And last week, Reuters incorrectly cited Clinton as saying he was too distracted by the "Lewinsky scandal to confront the Islamic militant threat that culminated in the September 11 attacks." That unnecessarily created an artificial debate on the subject. Reuters should have cited the report as a definitive source.