Katherine Harris Made My Grandchildren Safer
Regardless of what the Republican Party does about Katherine Harris in Florida this year, I will support her and give her my vote. If it were not for her courageous and rightful actions in 2000, we would undoubtedly be awash in Islamofascist terrorist acts all across the United States. Thousands more Americans would be dead. 9/11 would have seemed to be a picnic. Why do I say this? Because Al Gore would have been President during 9/11, and the sorry record on terrorism compiled by the Clinton-Gore administration would have been continued.
Excerpts from a recent article by Louis Freeh, former FBI Director:
“Ten years ago today, acting under direct orders from senior Iranian government leaders, the Saudi Hezbollah detonated a 25,000-pound TNT bomb that killed 19 U.S. airmen in their dormitory at Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. The blast wave destroyed Building 131 and grievously wounded hundreds of additional Air Force personnel. It also killed an unknown number of Saudi civilians in a nearby park…..
It soon became clear that Mr. Clinton and his national security adviser, Sandy Berger, had no interest in confronting the fact that Iran had blown up the towers. This is astounding, considering that the Saudi Security Service had arrested six of the bombers after the attack. As FBI agents sifted through the remains of Building 131 in 115-degree heat, the bombers admitted they had been trained by the Iranian external security service (IRGC) in Lebanon's Beka Valley and received their passports at the Iranian Embassy in Damascus, Syria, along with $250,000 cash for the operation from IRGC Gen. Ahmad Sharifi.
We later learned that senior members of the Iranian government, including Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Spiritual Leader's office had selected Khobar as their target and commissioned the Saudi Hezbollah to carry out the operation. The Saudi police told us that FBI agents had to interview the bombers in custody in order to make our case. To make this happen, however, the U.S. president would need to make a personal request to Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.
So for 30 months, I wrote and rewrote the same set of simple talking points for the president, Mr. Berger, and others to press the FBI's request to go inside a Saudi prison and interview the Khobar bombers. And for 30 months nothing happened. The Saudis reported back to us that the president and Mr. Berger would either fail to raise the matter with the crown prince or raise it without making any request. On one such occasion, our commander in chief instead hit up Prince Abdullah for a contribution to his library. Mr. Berger never once, in the course of the five-year investigation which coincided with his tenure, even asked how the investigation was going.” Opinion Journal
Many other major terrorist acts were committed against Americans and American interests on the Clinton-Gore watch and were essentially ignored. Among them include the attempted destruction of the World Trade Towers on 2/26/1993, the bombing of American servicemen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 11/13/1995, the above mentioned Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia on 6/25/1996, the simultaneous bombings of our embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 8/7/1998 and the attack on the USS Cole on 10/12/2000.
Forgive me if I thank God each day that George Bush was President during 9/11, and on his watch, we have taken the fight to the enemy – with the result, so far, of no further terrorist acts on American soil or against American interests. What the treachery of the New York Times will do to this record I do not know.
Forgive me also if I laugh again when former President Clinton repeats for the nth time that he would really have accepted the offer to capture or kill Osama bin Laden if he had just been “sure”.