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Mike wrote:Once again, a call from the fundamentalist fringe!
Mike wrote:Give me a break Bill, are you honestly going to compare the presidency of Clinton and Bush?
Mike wrote:But you are correct when you say that with Dubbya, what we see is what we get. And I'll tell you, that's not too impressive.
Mike wrote:At the very least, could we have a president who haves some mastery over the English language
Mike wrote:You hate Clinton because he lied to the American Public about an affair that really is none of their collective business?
Mike wrote:You don't put much faith in polls because this one doesn't fit your arguement that the majority of those polled have lost their faith in our president, and rightfully so.
Mike wrote:I don't want a president who follows his convictions, that's like having a manager of a baseball team who constantly plays on "feeling". As the world's most superior military might, and strongest economic icon in the world, it would be nice if we based things on something a little more scientific. Being the scientist yourself, I'm kind of surprised at you for that belief.
Mike wrote:I think my poem is a little closer to the truth.
Mike wrote:I hate Bush becuase he has put us into a war that has no end in sight for oil
Mike wrote:has glorified the death of almost 2000 young men and women
Mike wrote:has ignored the the suffering of millions of Americans while he spends over 2 billion a week on this war
Mike wrote:has personally destroyed the economic gain of the 1990s
Mike wrote:ignored the people during the worst natural disaster in US history
Mike wrote:ignored the warning signs of numerous terrorists
Mike wrote:hired incompetent people to run important agencies
Mike wrote:How about I hate Bush because he hasn't done the job he was put into office to do
Mike wrote:I'll have to take a few business courses and see what I'm missing.
MR. RUSSERT: The former director of the FBI, Louis Freeh, his new book, "My FBI," after this station break.
MR. RUSSERT: And we are back with the former director of the FBI, Louis Freeh.
Welcome back to MEET THE PRESS.
MR. LOUIS FREEH: Morning, Tim.
MR. RUSSERT: Your new book, "My FBI," has created a lot of debate with some of the comments you've made about the investigation regarding Khobar Towers. Let me remind our viewers, Khobar Towers, June 25, 1996, tragic scene, 19 Americans killed when car bombers blew up a facility where American servicemen were staying.
On September 24, President Clinton met with then Crown Prince, now King Abdullah--there there are in the Rose Garden--and at that meeting, President Clinton insists that he asked the crown prince for cooperation in terms of the investigation you were conducting on who did Khobar Towers and why. And you write: "The story that came back to me from `usually reliable sources'"--in quotes--"as they say in Washington, was that Bill Clinton briefly raised the subject only to tell the crown prince that he certainly understood the Saudis' reluctance to cooperate. Then, according to my sources, he hit Abdullah up for a contribution to the still-to-be-built Clinton presidential library."
MR. FREEH: Look, the president's entitled to his denials. This is a president that makes public denials from time to time. We know that. Let me just give you what we would call corroborating evidence, which is what investigators and prosecutors talk about.
For over two years--over two years--I pressed the president, his national security advisor, to pursue one simple request with the crown prince. And the request was to get FBI agents into prison cells in Saudi Arabia, where three of the detainees who had actually performed the bombing--these are members of the Saudi Hezbollah, which is an agent of the Iranian government. An extraordinary request. FBI agents had never been in Saudi Arabia, Tim, let alone in a prison debriefing Saudi nationals. For two and a half years, we got no movement on that request. We would write the talking points for the president. The Saudis would tell us they didn't raise it. They didn't raise it seriously. And nothing happened for two and a half years.
Then on September 26, at my request, former President Bush, with the same set of talking points, met with the crown prince in the Saudi residence out in McLean, Virginia, and made the simple request. FBI agents need to get into that prison. President Bush called me after the meeting, and he said, "I think you'll be hearing from the Saudis." The following Tuesday at 1:00, myself, our ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Wyche Fowler, and Dale Watson, the head of my counterterrorism division, who, by the way, will confirm the information about the source, were summoned out to the crown prince's residence. And the crown prince, referencing his meeting with President Bush, not with President Clinton, said, "I approve your request." Turned to his ambassador and said, "Direct my brother, the interior minister, to get the FBI agents in there." Within four weeks...
MR. RUSSERT: But...
MR. FREEH: ...excuse me, within eight weeks, FBI agents were in that prison.
MR. RUSSERT: But President Clinton met with the crown prince on the 24th. Vice President Gore met with him on the 24th. Former President Bush on the 26th. They all could have been effective in help bringing about that result.
MR. FREEH: Well, look, it's what we would call circumstantial evidence. I think it's very powerful circumstantial evidence. But there are a lot of other things going on here, too. What do you say about a president and a national security advisor who, for two and a half years while the Khobar investigation is going on, which the president tells the American people is a critical investigation, no stone will be left unturned. What do you say about a president who never asked me for a status on the case? They never asked me, "Louis, what's going on? Any progress by the FBI?" Absolutely no interest in the case.
When I finally came back to Sandy Berger and told him we now had evidence that the Iranian government had murdered 19 Americans--killed, wounded over 300, his first reaction was, "Who knows about this?" And his second reaction was "Well, that's hearsay." This was an administration that was not interested in finding out that the Iranian government had blowed up--had blown up Khobar Towers.
Would it be fair to retain them as "persons of interest" when they weren't American citizens?
Bill Glasheen wrote:I know how you and Gene and chewy think. Your views are pretty well known.
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