All together on three. Waaaah! It’s Clinton’s fault! (via The Washington Post):
Almost eight years after al-Qaeda nearly sank the USS Cole with an explosives-stuffed motorboat, killing 17 sailors, all the defendants convicted in the attack have escaped from prison or been freed by Yemeni officials.
Some bleeding heart lieberuls might think the fact that Clinton left office three months later would make finding and prosecuting the terrorists the responsibility of the next president. Not so!
Some officials acknowledged that pursuing the Cole investigation became less of a political priority with the passage of time. A new administration took power three months after the bombing. Then came Sept. 11.
Got that? Three whole months. That’s like … forever. If you’re eight years old. Or a coke addict. And then there was NinEleven and there was no way the U.S. could conduct two whole investigations at the same time!
“During the first part of the Bush administration, no one was willing to take ownership of this,” said Roger W. Cressey, a former counterterrorism official in the Clinton and Bush administrations who helped oversee the White House’s response to the Cole attack. “It didn’t happen on their watch. It was the forgotten attack.”
All together on three: “O.K. You covered your ass.”