- Is it Fair to Blame the Clinton Administration?
Is it fair to blame The Clinton administration for all the warnings they
ignored during their eight years in the white house concerning the need
to take decisive action against Iraq for their complicities in terrorist
strikes against us?
When shortly after the first World Trade Center attack, when Clinton's
adviser on Iraq for his 1992 campaign, Dr. Laurie Mylorie, brought a
grave "What if" to the administrations attention, can anyone truly
fault them for not recognizing the danger and resolving to address it?
Born of what Dr. Mylorie deemed signs negligent to ignore, her "what if"
was in reference to the strong probability that there was Iraqi
involvement in the first World Trade Center terrorist hit as well as in
After investigating, writing, and commenting on her concerns for a
number of years, June of 2001 found her authoring in the Middle East
Intelligence Bulletin, "Iraqi Complicity in the World Trade Center
Bombing and Beyond. In this article, while she elucidates the
indications that lead her to conclude thus, in one of the closing
paragraphs she states, "It is highly probable that Iraqi intelligence is
working with bin Ladin."
Dr. Laurie's concerns of Iraqi involvement in the WTC bombing were first
heightened in 1993 by reporting found in, New York Times, by Thomas
Friedman suggesting as much. As her investigative efforts since then
indicate, that report galvanized her into an in-depth painstaking
combing-through of the case transcripts, documentation, and evidence,
which included telephone records, passports, airline tickets and other
raw data, once it became available to the public.
In so doing, Iraq surfaced, too many times for her to turn a blind eye
The bomb-builder of the WTC 1993 attack, "Ramsey Yousef, a.k.a. Abdul
Basit Karim, entered our country traveling on an Iraqi passport. Was
known amongst his New York fundamentalist friends as "Rashid, the
Court documentation revealed over four thousand dollars worth of
phone calls placed from the bombers New Jersey apartment during the bomb
planning time, the majority of the calls to one of the defendants PLO
terrorist uncle living in Baghdad.
Shortly after the 1993 WTC attack, Abdul Rahman Yasin-- co-builder of
the WTC bomb-- led the FBI to the bombers vacated apartment. Then while
they sought to attain a search warrant, Abdul fled the country. To
Jordan, to the Iraqi Embassy, and later on home to Baghdad.
Still, is it fair to fault the Clinton administration for refusing to
confront these indications decisively? When one considers, the attack
was, even back then, known to have failed to succeed in it's intended
extent of destruction. Only six killed in that attack. Not the tens of
thousands marked for destruction that day. Albeit, about 1000 were
Although there was a letter that was found shortly after the bombing in
which the attackers claimed they would strike the WTC again and the next
time do so with improved accuracy; when Dr. Mylorie and others warned of
"the train wreck to come" if Saddam Hussein was behind the first
attack and not found and held accountable for it, can we truly blame
the then in-office Democratic administration for not taking these
warnings with a greater measure of gravity?
Further information, one could reason, that would have been needed
resoluteness to pursue such an investigation was that which proceeded
the 1995 arrest of Ramsey Yousef, stating he was planning yet more
attacks against us.
Those plansThe Bojinka Plot--were found in "Yousef's'" Manila
apartment-cum-bomb-brewing-laboratory, on his personal computer. The
Bojinka Plot delineated plans to use airplanes as weapons. Bear in mind,
the plotter of those plans, "Ramsey Yousef-- the holder of an Iraqi
passport-- said to be the mastermind behind the 1993 WTC attack.
Mull all the above with statements made in a February 2003 csmonitor.com
article "Iraq to outsource counterattacks". This article states that
many Iraq Embassies abroad were now again doing as they had done back
during the first Gulf War: Organizing and aiding in "terrorist-type
attacks on American and allied targets."
The Manila embassy amongst them.
The goal was to fulfill Saddam Hussein's threat "to bring the war to
Americans where ever they lived."
This CSM article reported one such plot occurred in Manila in 1991.
An Iraqi met an unfortunate end when he and his co-bombing Iraqi partner
were attempting to plant a bomb at the Thomas Jefferson Cultural Center
According to Philippine government reports on the accident that the
Monitor states they have seen, it was an Iraqi embassy car that dropped
off the two intended-bombers at the TJCC.
When not all went according to plan and the bomb blew prematurely,
killing one of perpetrators, found in one of the pockets of the
surviving would-be killers was the calling card of, Muwafak al-Ani, an
Iraqi diplomat in Manila.
When one does considering all these indications of Iraqi involvement
with terrorist strikes against the US, one can understand the
disinclination of the last-in-office- Democratic administration to heed
the compelling from Dr. Mylorie and others to address the problem with
Now, in view of the tough-sledding decisive action against Iraq has
proven to bejust as it was forecasted to.
It promised to be tough.
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