I think the same defence would hold true for Clinton... I guess Bin Laden did the bulk of planning during Clinton's presidency, but how it is debatable about the level of intelligence at his disposal. I am sure that Bin Laden was scheming up some plans during the Bush Senior presidency.
I would say that CIA failed, not an individual person. Presidents change, the people responsible for collecting information about incoming threats do not.
I really beg to differ. Bin Laden was behind the bombing of the WTC in 1993, the African embassy bombings in 1998, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000 & the Khobar Towers bombing in 1995. And what was Clinton's response to these attacks?? Aside from the embassy bombings, nothing!.
As for the embassy bombings, the only reason why Williw Jeff fired off those missiles was b/c of all the problems he was having with the missile in his pants.
Point taken, but Bin Laden is a slippery individual to catch. Five years after 9/11 and he still around. To play the role of devil's advocate, one could argue that if/when Bin Laden strikes again, that G.W. Bush didn't do enough either and that invading Iraq distracted the US from the more important target.
Bin Laden was also linked to a 1992 bombing in Yemen (pre Clinton). No Americans died, but still...
Clinton did launch cruise missile attacks against Afghanistan in 1998 in response the bombings and I believe he also signed an assassination order. At the time, it was deemed to be an appropriate response. Had Clinton and the CIA known about the WTC 3 years later, maybe there would have been a stronger response perhaps with ground troop support. Hard to look into the crystal ball.
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