Today’s Times has an article that the Clinton Administration really was trying to kill Osama bin Laden in August’s cruise missile attack against Afghanistan. This flat-out contradicts months of assurances that this was not a U.S. goal.
But even more worrisome is that Presidential lawyers have concluded that this sort of political assassination attempt doesn’t fall under the 1975 Executive Order banning political murder. The same President who says sex isn’t sex is now saying that assassination isn’t assassination. He’s once again splitting legal hairs and lying to the American people when caught.
Who Clinton sleeps with is his business.
But who he tries to assassinate is the business of all of us. And it’s our business when he breaks U.S. law to do so. And our business when his Administration goes on a concerted, coördinated campaign to lie about a military mission’s goals. The bombings ratcheted up the anti-U.S. anger in the world. It violated the sovereignty of two nations. It cost over a hundred million dollars. The United States is a democracy and the people need to be involved in making such far-reaching decisions. We need to be fully informed.
The President must be held accountable to U.S. law. And he must be told that creative legal definitions aren’t acceptable in a democracy.