"I worked hard to try to kill him. I authorized a finding for the CIA to kill him. We contracted with people to kill him. I got closer to killing him than anybody has gotten since." -- William Jefferson Clinton, Sept. 24, 2006
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Now there's a passage for the next edition of "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations"! It was a stunning, blatant confession -- made in the midst of a heated exchange on FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace -- that as president, Clinton sanctioned the assassination of Osama bin Laden. To put this little piece of braggadocio in context, it should be noted that no other American head of state -- sitting or former -- has ever before admitted to such a serious violation of law. Though assassination is specifically forbidden as a course of action open to U.S. officials -- including presidents -- no one seems to have taken notice -- perhaps because they were so caught up with the theater of what was happening on the screen -- and not listening to the words being said.
Over the course of the past week there is hardly a talk show in America that hasn't run the tape of the Clinton tirade and then proffered instant analysis of the former president's performance. One jabber-jawed host even asked a guest after playing the clip, "Who won that exchange between Wallace and Clinton?" as if he were interviewing the judges at the Friday Night Fights.
Yet, not one of the "experts" has, as yet, observed that in all of this, the biggest losers weren't on screen -- it's the American people. The tape of a former president, arrogantly proclaiming on international television that he personally authorized the killing of a foreign foe may be great stuff for the screenplay of "Rambo V" -- but it's specifically forbidden by U.S. and international law. Over the course of fighting the jihad being waged against us, Clinton's intemperate words will come back to haunt us many times over. And of course, he won't be the one to pay the price.
Apparently neither violations of law nor increasing the vulnerability of the American people seem to matter much to Clinton, his political cronies or his allies in the media. The silence has been deafening from the barons of bombast and political potentates who went nuts last year when Rev. Pat Robertson suggested that Venezuela's tin-horn dictator Hugo Chavez should be "eliminated." Then, there were calls for an investigation of Robertson. Not so for Clinton.
For the record, Clinton proudly claimed to have broken a long series of U.S. law:
Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.