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Clinton Memos On Bin Laden: Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda

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It appears as if a batch of recent declassified documents shows that the Clinton administration knew about Bin Laden, was warned that he was a growing threat, and didn’t stop his move from Sudan to Afghanistan.

From the New York Times comes more about Clinton and Osama

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 – State Department analysts warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Osama bin Laden’s move to Afghanistan would give him an even more dangerous haven as he sought to expand radical Islam “well beyond the Middle East,” but the government chose not to deter the move, newly declassified documents show.

In what would prove a prescient warning, the State Department intelligence analysts said in a top-secret assessment on Mr. bin Laden that summer that “his prolonged stay in Afghanistan – where hundreds of ‘Arab mujahedeen’ receive terrorist training and key extremist leaders often congregate – could prove more dangerous to U.S. interests in the long run than his three-year liaison with Khartoum,” in Sudan.

A bunch of right-wing blogs are jumping on this one, and I can’t say that I blame them. The liberal blogs definitely trumpeted memos like the amazingly accurately titled, “Osama Bin Laden Deteremined To Strike In US”, so turnabout is fair play.

But let’s all remember, that while we can keep focusing on the past and pointing fingers at this person and that, it seems that everybody dropped the ball on this one, otherwise those planes never would have hit the towers.

(HT: memeorandum)