Monday, January 02, 2006

'The Truth' About Clinton's "secret meetings" with Col. Kadhaffi

In his book about Lying Liars, Franken told us that Bill Clinton was serious about combating terrorism. His evidence was a report written by Barton Gellman for the Washington Post. However, as research showed, Gellman's report not only did not vindicate Bill Clinton against Republican charges that he was ineffective against terrorism , but that Clinton and his entire cabinet were guilty of gross negligence, incompetence, and ignoring the terror threats from abroad.

In his new book, ironically titled The Truth, Franken would have his readers, mostly liberals anxious to read anything that paints President Bush negatively and Bill Clinton positively, that it was Bill Clinton's policies – carrot and stick- with Libya, that convinced the Libyan dictator to give up his weapons of mass destruction, and not President Bush's “get tough on terrorism” approach which was being employed against Iraq.

On page 57, Franken quotes Rudy Giuliani from his address at the 2004 Republican convention: They heard from us in Libya and without firing a shot Gadhafi abandoned weapons of mass destruction.

Franken then footnotes this quote with the following:

This, by the way, is a complete misrepresentation..... As Flynt Leverett, who served on Bush's National Security Council, explained in a January 23, 2004, New York Times op-ed, Libya gave up its WMD not because of the war in Iraq, but because of negotiations that began in secret during the Clinton administration. In fact, Leverett pointed out that Libya's story was an argument against Bush's foreign policy approach, because Libya was offered a carrot (lifting of sanctions and normal diplomatic relations) and not just a stick. As Leverett wrote, “Until the administration learns the real lessons of the Libyan precedent, policy toward other rogue regimes is likely to remain stuck in the mud of ideology.”
Qadhafi was playing his cards brilliantly by agreeing to disarm just days after Saddam was captured- all of a sudden, he went from evil rogue dictator to poster boy for the war in Iraq. If, after reading this footnote, you're still skeptical, Google “Flynt Leverett” and “why Libya Gave Up on the Bomb.” Then write me a nice note of apology......


So, per Franken's suggestion, I googled the column and found that Franken once again took license in selecting certain portions of Leverett's column including Leverett's own background and his association with the Bush administration which Franken had us all believing that he was a part of the Bush team:

As Flynt Leverett, who served on Bush's National Security Council,...

Distortion #1

As Flynt Leverett, who served on Bush's National Security Council,...

Let's dispose of this deception first. Franken creates the impression that Leverett was part of Team Bush, one of his advisers. Yet according to the very column Franken insisted we “skeptics” google, Flynt Leverett is a visiting fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Politics at the Brookings Institution. And for those of you not familiar with either Saban Center at the Brookings, it is a very liberal think tank. In fact the Saban center is named after Chaim Saban, a mega multi-billionaire donor to Bill Clinton and the Democrat Party. But I suppose if Franken had included that in his footnote, it may not have sounded as convincing as having us believe that Leverett was a “Bush guy.”

Distortion #2:

Libya gave up its WMD not because of the war in Iraq, but because of negotiations that began in secret during the Clinton administration.

But here is what Leverett actually wrote in his column ( That Franken insisted we google... then could write him a note of apology).

“The roots of the recent progress with Libya go back not to the eve of the Iraq war, but to the Bush administration's first year in office. Leverett continues, “Indeed, to be fair, some credit should even be given to the second Clinton administration.”

Let's contrast what Franken wrote that Leverett wrote regarding Clinton's role in causing Qadhafi to have a change of heart about being a rogue leader versus what Leverett actually wrote.

First, what Franken claimed Lever wrote:
Libya gave up its WMD not because of the war in Iraq, but because of negotiations that began in secret during the Clinton administration.

Now what Leverett actually wrote:
“The roots of the recent progress with Libya go back not to the eve of the Iraq war, but to the Bush administration's first year in office. Indeed, to be fair, some credit should even be given to the second Clinton administration.”

How, or better, why does Al “I hold myself to impossibly high standards” Franken continue to play this game of defending Bill Clinton by citing credible sources then actually having the chutzpah to insist we verify his sources which give no credence to back his very strongly worded claims?
If Leverett wants to “give some credit” to Clinton, that's fine, after all they were both funded by the same person.

And the reason, according to Leverett, that Clinton might get some credit, was not because of “secret negotiations,” as Franken wrote, but because Clinton insisted that there could be not talks until Libya met its responsibilities regarding their role in the Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie. Not exactly hard nosed diplomacy by team Clinton, merely telling Libya what the rest of the world expected from them.

Distortion #3:
In fact, Leverett pointed out that Libya's story was an argument against Bush's foreign policy approach, because Libya was offered a carrot (lifting of sanctions and normal diplomatic relations) and not just a stick.

Again, a deception from Franken. According to Leverett, the only thing offered to Qadhafi for turning over two of its agents who were involved in the bombing of the civilian airliner was an agreement to lift UN Sanctions. Not as Franken wrote, “.... and normal diplomatic relations.”

According to Leverett, the United States (under the Bush administration) assured Libya of the possibility of “normalized relations” only after he agreed to a full dismantling, verification, and inspection of his WMD sites. Saddam Hussein, on the other hand was playing cat and mouse with the UN inspectors for years after it had agreed, pursuant to the 1991 surrender, to allow UN agents unfettered access to all of its weapons sites. Qadhaffi agreed to the terms, Hussein did not.


Of course the rest of Leverett's column is sheer liberal poppycock, best left for another discussion or column. What is important is to once again expose America's #1 liberal radio talk show host and yet to be announced US Senate Candidate as a fraud and intentional misrepresenter of facts.

In his footnotes, Franken concluded, “ If, after reading this footnote, you're still skeptical, Google “Flynt Leverett” and “why Libya Gave Up on the Bomb.” Then write me a nice note of apology......” Al's email address is, afranken@aol.com. I invite all of you to take Franken up on his offer and send him a nice note with a copy of this rebuttal.

Note: His email address is public domain so I do not feel like I am invading his privacy. Secondly, his good friend and partner, David Brock of the left wing smear site, Media Matters, always posts email addresses and phone numbers of his targets, which I can tell you from personal experience can be very annoying when hundreds of people use it.

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