Emmett Tyrrell

 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- I see that the convalescing Bill Clinton is about to leave his Chappaqua infirmary to hit the campaign trail for Democratic presidential candidate Jean-Francois Kerry. Reportedly, the reinforcements will arrive next week.

 Most likely the ex-Boy PRESIDENT will not hit the campaign trail too thunderously. Having recently undergone quadruple bypass surgery, he remains a bit tender. But he will put in a good word for the whole Democratic ticket that now strains to save America from the Bush Madness. You know the Democrats' line: an economy reminiscent of Herbert Hoover's, the Bible Belt threatening our easygoing hedonism, Bush's legions brutalizing all the peace-loving peoples of the Middle East.

 Boy Clinton with characteristic obliquity has spoken from both sides of his mouth on the war in Iraq, but those of us who follow his cavortings fastidiously recall that he and his lovely wife Bruno were the first Democrats to say that ousting Saddam was a "diversion" from the war on terror.

 Thus began one of the liberal Democrats' favorite dodges from taking resolute action against America's enemies -- to wit, they call out their intellectualoids to bog us down in tendentious arguments about the nature of our enemies, their whereabouts, their true intentions and the proper way to pacify those enemies. Both the Clintons and Kerry would deal with them ferociously though at the United Nations, the Hague or why not the Cannes Film Festival?

 My guess is that Clinton will not get terribly detailed in his criticism of President George W. Bush's war on terror or even his war in Iraq. His record on terror is not terribly good.

 In his mammoth autobiography "My Life" (the wags call it "My Lies"), Clinton heaves off precisely one paragraph on airport security during his administration, though he had ample warning that threats were afoot similar to the assault that came on Sept. 11, 2001. For instance, on Dec. 4, 1998, according to The 9/11 Commission Report, the president received a Presidential Daily Brief whose headline read: "Bin Laden Preparing to Hijack U.S. Aircraft and Other Attacks."

 Last July 23, the New York Post noted chillingly that the Dec. 4 briefing "cited information indicating that bin Laden and his allies were preparing an aircraft hijacking and other attacks in the United States to free three jailed Arabs, including the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef, and 'Blind Sheik' Omar Abdel-Rahman." The Playboy President did nothing.

Emmett Tyrrell

R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. is founder and editor in chief of The American Spectator and co-author of Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House.
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