Friday, September 27, 2002
Krauthammer fisks Gore: Most everyone agrees taht Al Gore's speech was a joke, full of half-truths, distortions and outright lies. The Washington Post's Charles Krauthammer takes a stab at the Gorebot in a column today.
The tone of the speech is best reflected in Gore's contemptuous dismissal of the U.S. victory in Afghanistan as "defeating a fifth-rate military power." If the Taliban were a fifth-rate military power, why didn't the Clinton-Gore administration destroy it and spare us Sept. 11?
It is not as if, during Gore's term, al Qaeda had not declared itself or established its postal address. It declared war on the United States, blew up our embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and attacked the USS Cole. What did Gore's administration do? Fire a few missiles into the Afghan desert and a Sudanese pharmaceutical factory, then wash its hands and leave the problem to its successors.
Why didn't the Clinton-Gore administration go after this fifth-rate military power? This is a question that even Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked. In an interview with the German newspaper Bild shortly after Sept. 11, Putin recounted having talked to the Clinton administration about Osama bin Laden: "They wrung their hands so helplessly and said, 'The Taliban are not turning him over, what can one do?' I remember I was surprised: If they are not turning him over, one has to think and do something."
Exactly. Clinton/Gore failed to act -- and it got us 3,000 dead in New York City. We identify another danger to America (Saddam Hussein and Iraq) and here's Gore again urging us not to react.
Been there. Done that. Got blown up.