Typical NYT hogwash. The 9/11 hijackers were already here busily learning how to fly planes (in a USA presided over by Bill Clinton) long before the 2000 election even began to heat up. Democrats were too busy campaigning for planet earth and Al Gore, and helping him try to sue his way into the White House to pay much attention to national security. Bill Clinton was too preoccupied giving serial adultery tips to Gore's running mate, John Edwards, and negotiating the enormous bribe required for him to pardon the FBI's then-most-wanted fugitive, Mark Rich. Finally, Hillary was too buys plotting the theft of White House furniture and china (and a senate seat from New York) to focus on Osama bin Laden.