Speaking to an audience at a fundraiser at Torrens University in Australia, only hours before the deadliest terror attack on American soil, former President Bill Clinton bragged about how he “nearly got ’em” Osama bin Laden, “I coulda got him,” he told the crowd as they laughed. “I shoulda got ’em,” the folksy Clinton told the audience.
“I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I just didn’t do it,” Clinton explained, only moments before Osama bin Laden killed over 3,000 women, children and innocent men in the United States.
Like most scandals that involve the Clinton’s, there’s apparently more to the story than the version our fearless former president shared with the public…
In a new bombshell documentary, “The Longest War,” former CIA agents are telling an unnerving story about what really happened behind the scenes during Bill Clinton’s presidency, and how he could’ve taken him out, but he didn’t have the balls to do it.
“Bin Laden was constantly moving, and we were using Afghan tribal networks to report on his travels and his whereabouts,” Bob Grenier, then-CIA station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, says in the film.
The Daily Beast reports – When the Afghan tribal networks uncovered that a caravan carrying bin Laden would be traveling along a certain route, they suggested U.S. forces bury a cache of explosives along it to eliminate the infamous terrorist. But Grenier told them they’d be “risking jail” if they did, and that was all thanks to President Clinton.
“The CIA had a so-called ‘lethal finding’ [bill] that had been signed by President Clinton that said that we could engage in ‘lethal activity’ against bin Laden, but the purpose of our attack against bin Laden couldn’t be to kill him,” Grenier explains in the film. “We were being asked to remove this threat to the United States essentially with one hand tied behind our backs.”
According to director Greg Barker, “It’s hard to believe now, but back in the late ‘90s, most of the Washington national security establishment—including President Clinton, the State Department, the Department of Defense—simply did not view Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda as a serious threat. The handful of U.S. officials who saw the looming threat clearly—and there were some, mostly mid-level officers at the CIA’s bin Laden unit and the counter-terrorism branch at the FBI—tried in vain to raise alarm bells at the highest levels, but were often ignored and even ridiculed.”
“There’s enough blame to go around, and I think the film hands it out evenly,” EP Alex Gansa tells The Daily Beast. “Bill Clinton didn’t have the balls to do what was necessary before 9/11, George Bush didn’t take the threat seriously enough when he came into office and then grievously overreacted when that threat was realized, and Obama didn’t do what he promised during his campaign—namely, end the wars.”
The exclusive clip above ends on a haunting coda, courtesy of Marty Martin, a CIA counterterrorism officer at the time.
“The threat was real,” he says. “And if President Clinton had taken action and killed Osama bin Laden, there wouldn’t have been a 9/11, and if there wouldn’t have been a 9/11 there wouldn’t have been an Afghanistan, and if there wouldn’t have been an Afghanistan there wouldn’t have been an Iraq. What would the world be like?”
Since leaving office, former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush have curiously aligned themselves in the Clinton-Obama camp, shamelessly joining them in their efforts to freeze out President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. When George W. Bush left office in 2008, many believed he would continue to help the GOP win future elections—they couldn’t have been more wrong. Over the weekend, Democrats and their allies in the media praised former First Lady Laura Bush for her appearance with Michelle Obama at an online WHO fundraiser following President Trump’s decision to temporarily cut their funding.