August 22, 2005
Bill Clinton is busy trying to re-shape his image before Hillary runs for president and, he hopes, give him a better notice in the history books.
One of his many revisions is about how he dealt, or rather didn't deal, with Osama Bin Laden.
Recently he claimed that if the FBI and CIA were able to speak with each other when he was president, he might have been able to get Bin Laden and head-off terrorist attacks against America.
It has just been revealed that State Department analysts warned the Clinton administration in 1996 that Bin Laden's move to Afghanistan would give him an even more dangerous haven as he sought to expand radical Islam "well beyond the Middle East."
But newly declassified documents show the Clinton administration chose not to deter the move.
Not recognizing a threat when it stares you in the face is a big mistake.
I wonder if we recognize it now, not only from Bin Laden, but from Islamic fundamentalism which has already begun World War III.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C. Watch his television show, After Hours with Cal Thomas, on the Fox News Channel, Saturdays at 11 p.m. Eastern Time.