I don’t get it.

In Buzz Patterson’s book, Dereliction of Duty, An Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised America’s National Security, describes how “Clinton stalled and lost the opportunity to launch a direct strike on Osama bin Laden at a confirmed location.”

An F-14 Tomcat (left) launches from the waist catapult as four F/A-18 Hornets wait to launch from the bow catapults of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65)


While Clinton was agonizing over a televised golf tournament, advisers were telling him to his face about Osama bin Laden’s location and that a strike force was ready for launch on an aircraft carrier to take him out. It was a time-critical situation and Clinton treated the opportunity as if it was a foul intrusion upon his right to enjoy a golf telecast. By the time Clinton’s attention could be pealed away from the television so that he could devote his full attention to the matter, enough time had slipped by to render the target stale. Osama bin Laden had slipped away and the opportunity was lost.


Then we have Secretary of Defense Donald H.Rumsfeld and General Franks who decide there were not enough troops on the ground to pursue OBL. On top of that our tropps would have had to cross Pakistan borders without Pakistan’s permission to continue the pursuit.

One gets a pass while the other gets a full Senate report.

I don’t get it.

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