Now on paper, in print, the question host Chris Wallace posed to Mr. Clinton, in an interview taped last Friday and broadcast this past Sunday on Fox News, looks straightforward and one that any journalist would ask.
But what it doesn’t capture is the smug, accusatory tone Wallace asked “Why didn’t you do more to put Bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business?", and followed with a longer set-up to drive home the point he was apparently trying to establish, being that September 11th was Mr. Clinton’s fault.
For that, Mr. Clinton was described as “crazed” and the he “freaked out”.
To which Mr. Olbermann offers;
Olbermann then lays out the case against Bush and his “gang that couldn’t lie straight” Administration, and the escorted, free pass the Congress and media of this country has given our great Decider.
Moreover, for the last five years one month and two weeks, the current administration, and in particular the President, has been given the greatest “pass” for incompetence and malfeasance in American history!
Olbermann then added that Bush was “our worst presidency since James Buchanan” before heralding former President Clinton with “He told the great truth untold about this administration’s negligence, perhaps criminal negligence, about bin Laden.
Now followed by the Wallace/Fox News slap, and, apparently today, or very recently (with Olbermann holding up a folder or book), an increase in RNC Talking Points pointing at
But funny thing, as detailed in an earlier story of the same broadcast, the news of the National Intelligence Estimate report that cites it was and is the Bush-led invasion and occupation of Iraq that is fueling terrorism, not what was sold to this country (and the world) that we had to go into Iraq to get the terrorists.
With Bush and his Administration still tying in Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda (and they do it so deftly, as earlier in the day, on Hardball with
“We have,” Olbermann lamented to President Bush, near the end of his Special Comment, “nothing but your word, and your word has long since ceased to mean anything.”
Perhaps Mr. Olbermann, or better yet, our Congress, will stand up and get the answers, and hold those accountable for their actions.
It never was “bad intelligence" and it always has been, and, frighteningly, continues to be “bad ideology”.
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