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Bill Clinton hours before 9/11: I ‘could have killed’ Osama bin Laden

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WASHINGTON -- An audio recording of former President Bill Clinton saying -- hours before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks -- he "could have killed" Osama bin Laden has been uncovered.

"And I'm just saying that, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden -- he is a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once. I nearly got him. And I could have gotten him -- I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn't do it."

Clinton said those words on Sept. 10, 2001, speaking to a small group of business people in Australia.

The recording is just now being made public after it was obtained by the Sky News Australia program "Paul Murray Live."

The man in the audience that day who made the recording says Clinton was answering a question about terrorism.

A number of books -- along with the 9/11 Commission Report -- have acknowledged the Clinton administration considered a December 1998 strike on bin Laden but scrapped the plan over possible collateral damage.


  • Duke Paulsen

    “Shoulda, woulda, coulda” just doesn’t cut it. You knew then, you blew-off the opportunity and now you have to live with that (lack of) decision for the rest of your life. What makes you look bad about this?? It took one bad Muslim (BHO) to KILL another bad Muslim. Go figure . . .

  • Anonymous

    It wouldn’t have mattered, the plan was already 98% complete. Plane tickets purchased, box knives hidden…it was too late.
    And I’m not a Clinton fan at all, but in this case, he made the right decision. AFTER the towers collapsed, killing 300 innocents may have been acceptable, but not before.

  • "Hours"? Really?

    How could Clinton have killed OBL “hours before 9/11”? Unless he has some secret military in his pocket, he could not have used the US military to order a strike as a ‘retired’ President.

    • Juan Moore Illegal

      He fired a couple of cruise missles during his presidency that missed their mark. They then had intelligence on OBL’s whereabouts but did not strike again because the collateral damage would have been too high in a pre-911 world.

    • Duke Paulsen

      “Hours B$ “9/11???” More like several weeks at the least. Lest we forget, 9/11 happened on GWB’s Watch. (See my comment above) Whaaaahhh, Whaaaahhh — Cry Baby Clinton

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