In an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Monday night, Jeb Bush attacked Bill Clinton, saying that by not theating Osama bin Laden as a national security problem, the former president did not approach correctly the terrorism issue.
According to CNN, all this talks happen after an interview of Clinton talking in 2002 about claims from Sudan’s government that it offered up bin Laden to the United States in 1996 was aired.
Another mistake of the Clinton administration
“I think the Clinton administration made a mistake of thinking bin Laden had to be viewed from a law enforcement perspective. Similarly, President Obama’s policies seemed to be focused on that as well.”, Jeb Bush reacted.
Jeb Bush suggested that U.S. should have taken charge early on and described terrorism as “a war against Western civilization, and without the United States’ leadership, this will be a problem for generations to come. And I think we need to be much more forceful, both here to protect the homeland as well as overseas.”
A 9/11 Commission investigation in 2004 found no evidence of such offer. According to FactCheck.org, there were several reports indicating that the Clinton administration did consider indicting Bin Laden, but it had no reference to a Sudanese part.
Clinton had an answer back in 2006
“At least I tried. That’s the difference in me and some, including all the right-wingers who are attacking me now. They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed. When I failed, I left a comprehensive anti-terror strategy and the best guy in the country, Dick Clarke, who got demoted.”, said Clinton in a 2006 Fox News interview, trying to dodge the accusations.
This wasn’t the first time Jeb Bush makes this type of statement in the past several days. After Donald Trump accused Geoge W. Bush of letting 9/11 happen under his watch, Bush intervened to defend his older brother.