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Saturday, July 24

Clinton Did Not Wag The Dog

According to the AP: "The Sept. 11 commission's final report says there's
no evidence
suggesting President Bill Clinton ordered airstrikes on Osama bin Laden targets to distract attention from his affair with Monica Lewinsky."

The commission says strikes may have been too aggressive in Sudan and Afghanistan.

"The report said everyone involved in the decision to strike were aware of Clinton's problems.

"He [Clinton] told them to ignore them," the report said. Berger recalled the president saying to him "that they were going to get crap either way, so they should do the right thing."

While the commission said it found no reason to doubt the motivation of Clinton and his advisers, their report stated: "The failure of the strikes, the 'wag the dog' slur, the intense partisanship of the period and the nature of the al Shifa evidence likely had a cumulative effect on future decisions about the use of force against bin Laden. Berger told us that he did not feel any sense of constraint.""

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