A Lady's Ruminations

"Jane was firm where she felt herself to be right." -Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Thursday, August 18, 2005

This is no surprise

Fox News: Documents Show State Department Warned Clinton About Bin Laden---

WASHINGTON — The State Department warned the Clinton administration in July 1996 that Usama bin Laden's (search) move to Afghanistan would give him more fertile ground to spread radical Islam, according to newly declassified documents.

The documents, released by the legal advocacy group Judicial Watch on Wednesday, say that bin Laden would feel comfortable moving from Sudan to Afghanistan, which "has become an even more desirable location for extremists. Afghanistan may be an ideal haven as long as bin Laden can continue to run his businesses and financial networks."

In the top-secret assessments that summer, State Department intelligence analysts said bin Laden's "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.
Here are the documents for your perusal.

Of course, I can't find anything about this on CNN's front page or politics page, though there is a headline about State Department memo warned of post-war 'planning gaps'. Big surprise that the Clinton-stupidity story is absent.

Nor does MSNBC.com.

Nor the New York Times.

Too bad Bill Clinton was too busy playing games on the golf course and with Monica Lewinsky to actually snuff out Osama bin Laden.