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Thursday, September 28, 2006


My apologies for being unable to publish Note from a Madman last night. -NG


Clinton on Fox

(The "question" below from Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace, the "respectable one" at Fox, has been edited to remove President Bill Clinton's attempt to actually answer the question. Wallace wanted to ask the question as it appears below. No words have been edited into his questionable "question" below. -NG)

WALLACE: When we announced that you were going to be on "Fox News Sunday," I got a lot of e-mail from viewers. And I've got to say, I was surprised. Most of them wanted me to ask you this question: Why didn't you do more to put bin Laden and Al Qaeda out of business when you were president?
There's a new book out, I suspect you've already read, called "The Looming Tower." And it talks about how the fact that when you pulled troops out of Somalia in 1993, bin Laden said, "I have seen the frailty and the weakness and the cowardice of U.S. troops." Then there was the bombing of the embassies in Africa and the attack on the Cole.
And after the attack, the book says that bin Laden separated his leaders, spread them around, because he expected an attack, and there was no response.
I understand that hindsight is always 20/20, but the question is, why didn't you do more, connect the dots and put them out of business?

Questions to world dignitaries are usually asked without a preamble, Mr. Wallace. Terms like "Some people think..." and "Most of (the emails) wanted me to ask you this question: Why didn't you do more..." are really code for "We, here at Fox News editorialize this about you..." in order to give their thoughts and "editorials" the air of legitimacy.

There can be no doubt that Fox News Channel not only has a Right Wing slant, but is a tool of the Right Wing. That's why real journalists won't be seen on their "panels" and instead have to rely on agenda-driven editorial writers and washed-upped actors to be on those "panel". (Does anyway remember Wayne Rogers, formerly of MASH? He is, what Fox News calls a "frequent contributor" when identifying him to the viewers.)

A questing should be one or two lines at most, not a self-serving story. Anyone who doesn't know the story of 9/11 and al-Qaeda by now isn't watching your Sunday morning Show, Chris.

CLINTON: I authorized the CIA to get groups together to try to kill him.
The CIA, which was run by George Tenet, that President Bush gave the Medal of Freedom to, he said, "He did a good job setting up all these counterterrorism things."

At first, the Bushies, which include the likes of you, Mr. Wallace, blamed the 9/11 attacks on the intelligence community failures. Today, with a very important mid-term election coming up, the Bush pass-the-buck-blame-game is attempting to shift the burden of proof to Bill Clinton and, by proximity, the rest of the Democratic party which might nominate Senator Hillary Clinton as their presidential nominee in 2008.

PRESIDENT CLINTON: The country never had a comprehensive anti-terror operation until I came there.
Now, if you want to criticize me for one thing, you can criticize me for this: After the Cole, I had battle plans drawn to go into Afghanistan, overthrow the Taliban, and launch a full-scale attack search for bin Laden.
But we needed basing rights in Uzbekistan, which we got AFTER 9/11.
The CIA and the FBI refused to certify that bin Laden was responsible while I was there. They refused to certify. So that meant I would've had to send a few hundred Special Forces in helicopters and refuel at night.
Even the 9/11 Commission didn't do that. Now, the 9/11 Commission was a political document, too. All I'm asking is, anybody who wants to say I didn't do enough, you read Richard Clarke's book.

By now we all know that President Clinton beat down his accuser Wallace. Wallace's attempt to blame Clinton for 9/11, and have the former president admit his "failure" was an attempt best made by a smarter man to a less-smart man. One wonders if Wallace's attempt wasn't made toward the goal of having Clinton cry, "It's all my fault," as he begged for forgiveness.

The proof of the Wallace-Fox ambush actually came ADTER the ambush. Fox put together one of their famous "panels" to discuss the interview in its aftermath. There were four "panelists", all with hard right conservative credentials to their names. Their only job: Spin. But we all knew.

It took a couple of days for the Republicans to get their act together and attack Clinton. The truth is that Clinton has much more credibility than all of them. Condoleezza Rice said that the Clinton administration offered no plan to the Bushies as they entered office, and then went out to speak of a "plan", euphemistically, as Jon Stewart noted on his Daily Show, by calling it "ideas" and such. Again, we all know better.

Bill Clinton pointed out that" we tried" to get Osama bin-Laden, and proved that the Bushies had other priorities, Wallace had no answer. There wasn't any to be had, even by the Bush apologist.

As the former president pointed out, Fox News Channel has never asked the Bushies to face any of the tough questions that should be asked. After all, the news channel which gave the Bush administration their press secretary Tony snow has the kind of access to the president that all of the other networks wish that they had. Fox used this access to spin the Bush's statement as best they can.

In the final analysis, you have to ask yourself this question: Who are you going to believe? Fox News channel or your own eyes, ears and common sense?

-Noah Greenberg

"Junior" Allen for... President?

According to CNN.com, George Allen has been mentioned as a possible presidential candidate in 2008.

So just what is the problem here? Senator Allen (R-VA), a (very) hopeful presidential candidate used the "N-Word" once or twice. Big deal. He's a SOUTHERN senator, after all, I bet there are lots of people that sued that word in casual conversation. Respectable people like David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan who once ran as a party brethren of Allen's as a senatorial nominee himself.

Why, I bet even Confederate states of America President Jefferson Davis used the word a couple of times himself.

And as far as the rumor by his former classmate and teammate, Dr. Ken Shelton, a radiologist in North Carolina, that "Allen, a former University of Virginia quarterback, once stuffed the severed head of a deer into a black household's oversized mail box," goes.. well.. boys will be boys, I guess. It isn't like he donned a white robe and burned a cross on the family's lawn or anything.

"The story and his comments and assertions in there are completely false. I don't remember ever using that word and it is absolutely false that that was ever part of my vocabulary."
-Sen. Allen

Never? You never used the word "Nigger"? It isn't even part of your vocabulary? This guy is so full of crap his eyes are brown! After all... that's all which you can see from under his white robe.)

"Shelton said Allen asked the other teammate where black families lived in the area, then stuffed a female deer's head into the mail box of one of the homes."
-CNN.com, http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/09/25/virginia.senate.ap/index.html

"George insisted on taking the severed head, and I was a little shocked by that,"
"This was just after the movie 'The Godfather' came out with the severed horse's head in the bed,"

The problem with this story isn't whether Allen actually did what Shelton accuses him of. The problem is that there is no one who doesn't believe this might have happened. And the reason for that is Allen's recent racial remarks and apologies that are anything but apologies.

I don't believe that this guy who "forgot", or just simply refused to believe, that his Jewish mother was actually Jewish; the guy who used a racial remark ("Macaca") toward an Indian-American has never EVER used the "N-Word", and neither do you.

Allen might have said something like this:
"I don't remember using the "N-Word", but I don't believe that anyone couold say they never-EVER used a particular word. I would never want to embarrass myself, my family or anyone else by saying something that stupid. It isn't the man I am today."

But a statement by "The Macaca Man" like that one would never come out of his mouth.

What will Allen run for in 2008? What does he want to be the president of? Is it the Confederate States of America?

-Noah Greenberg and Eddie Konczal

In response to "An AOL Poll", David W. writes:

The funniest thing about the AOL poll is that AOL is notoriously biased towards the GOP. So for Clinton to be trashing Wallace in an AOL poll across the nation, that must mean 90% of all other Americans are probably burning effigies of Wallace in the streets!

In response to, "My question is this: How much do we trust the Saudi secret service, the French memo and the Bush administration?" Pat Thompson writes:

I don't trust the Saudi secret service and the Bush administration -- I have no reason not to trust the French memo. Bush didn't want to kill Osama -- he might need him again someday, in case the Bush crime family needs "another Pearl Harbor" to scare the American people into another war. Yes, sure, it is too hard to imagine that our government would allow 3000 people to be killed. Think again; these people are capable of anything. Bush had close ties to the Saudis (and 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudis) to the Taliban, and to the bin Laden family. Why else did he allow them to fly out of the country before any commercial flights could take off after 9/11?

In response to, "The easiest way (to get our personal data from Bush's Commerce Department) is by stealing a portable computer with the correct information on it. And the commerce department has lost, or had stolen, 1,137 of them since 2001. By coincidence, that's the same time the Bush administration took over," Pat Thompson writes:

Why isn't that publicized? When the Bush administration took over from the Clintons, they made a big deal about typewriters with certain letters removed from the keyboard -- now who was using typewriters in 2001? And lots of other hype about destruction, theft of gifts and furniture. Anything to add to the sleaze they were throwing at Clinton.

In response to, "Hopefully, this will, at the very least, take away (Sen. George Allen's) presidential aspirations. At the most, I hope it helps Allen become a private citizen," Pat Thompson writes:

Yes, yes, yes. That man shouldn't serve as dogcatcher, much less a US Senator, or God forbid, the President. Showing his true colors just in time.

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-Noah Greenberg