"bin Laden declared himself to be dedicated to the killing of Americans, wherever they were. In response, President Clinton declared that bin Laden was as dangerous an enemy as any sovereign state; unlike George Bush, Bill Clinton was always good with words in such circumstances....
Most of his rise to malignant eminence took place while Bill Clinton was in the White House. During those years, bin Laden developed a contempt for America's military strength, concluding that it was vitiated by American moral weakness. While Mr Clinton was president, that was a plausible argument...."
I deplore any partisan politics here. There absolutely should be unity in this situation.
I don't care if it was Reagan, or Nixon, or Eisenhower himself, I would still examine our past actions in the light of this act of infamy.
The American Continental Congress itself on many occasions during our War for Independence called for exactly the same thing.
From the Journals of the Continental Congress, March 20, 1779:
"Whereas, in just punishment of our manifold transgressions, it hath pleased the Supreme Disposer of all events to visit these United States with a destructive calamitous act, through which His divine Providence hath, hitherto, in a wonderful manner, conducted us, so that we might acknowledge that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong: and whereas, there is but too much Reason to fear that notwithstanding the chastisements received and benefits bestowed, too few have been sufficiently awakened to a sense of their guilt, or warmed our Bosoms with gratitude, or taught to amend their lives and turn from their sins, that so He might turn from His wrath. And whereas, from a consciousness of what we have merited at His hands, and an apprehension that the malevolence of our disappointed enemies, like the incredulity of Pharoah, may be used as the scourge of Omnipotence to vindicate his slighted Majesty, there is reason to fear that he may permit much of our land to become the prey of the spoiler, and the Blood of the innocent be poured out that our borders to be ravaged, and our habitations destroyed:
That the several states to appoint a day of fasting, Thanksgiving, humiliation, and prayer to Almighty God, that he will be pleased to avert further impending calamities which we have but too well deserved: that he will grant us his grace to repent of our sins, and amend our lives, according to his holy word: that he will continue that wonderful protection which hath led us through the paths of danger and distress: that he will be a husband to the widow and a father to the fatherless children, who weep over the barbarities of a savage enemy...." http://memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/hlaw:@field(DOCID+@lit(jc01373))
Clinton's moral weakness persists in breeding contempt. Today a story has been "leaked" that in the waning days of his Presidency Bill Clinton "tried" to kill bin Laden. But, missile attacks on his motorcade failed. This story was leaked to burnish the ever-more rapidly tarnishing image of Bill Clinton. If this story is true: (1)it is undoubtedly classified Top Secret (at least) (2)if bin Laden didn't know who sponsored the attacks, he knows now If the story is not true, . . . well it's just some more lying on the part of Clinton's lackeys .