Clinton at his worst
Former President Bill Clinton, angrily defending his efforts to capture Osama bin Laden, accused the Bush administration in an interview to be broadcast Sunday of doing far less to stop Mr. bin Laden before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.This is really pathetic and childish. It is this kind of "the buck never got here" attitude that really marks the Clinton legacy. Never once has President Bush blamed Clinton for the failures of his policies on terrorism, even though there is abundant evidence on the record to suggest that catching or killing bin Laden was not a high priority for Clinton.
In the interview for “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Clinton defended the steps he took after the bombing of the destroyer Cole in 2000 and faulted “right-wingers” for their criticism of his efforts to capture Mr. bin Laden, the Qaeda leader.
“But at least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all of the right-wingers who are attacking me now,” Mr. Clinton said when asked whether he had failed to anticipate the full threat from Mr. bin Laden. “They had eight months to try; they did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed.”
The Sept. 11 attacks occurred almost eight months after President Bush succeeded Mr. Clinton in January 2001.