Michael Isikoff of Newsweek, has caught Bill Clinton in a lie: He never authorized the killing of Osama bin Laden. In a heated exchange with a television reporter Clinton boasted he had ordered Bin Laden killed. According to just released documents from the CIA, this was not the case. All politicians lie, and the difference between a partisan and a moron is believing that only the other side lies.
Citing a recent CIA inspector general report, Isikoff and Mark Hosenball reported:
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. ‘What did I do? What did I do?’ Clinton said at one point. ‘I 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.’
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’s report made it clear that the agency never viewed the order as a license to “kill” bin Laden—one reason it never mounted more effective operations against him. “The 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,” the report stated. (Scheuer agreed with the inspector general’s findings on this issue, but said if anything the report was overly diplomatic. “There was never any ambiguity,” he said. “None of those authorities ever allowed us to kill anyone. At least that’s what the CIA lawyers told us.” A spokesman for the former president had no immediate comment.)
In poker, they call it a tell whenever someone lies and makes a gesture or shows some visible sign that he is lying. If you are ever playing poker with him and he wags his finger bet on the opposite of whatever he’s swearing to – and you’re going to win big. According to reports former President Clinton has collected over 30 million from the Arab country of Dubai so he’s got some serious cash to play with.
I actually like the guy, he seems like fun and I could probably wingman with the guy and get a stray fit chick. And even if he didn’t order a hit, I am pretty sure he ordered pizza, and lots of other tasty processed food items.
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