How rich that after my Clinton VLOG FLOG I would have the opportunity to interview Dick Morris. If anyone knows Clinton it's Morris.
One Jerusalem. org once again sets up the penultimate Clinton interview with Ann, Boker tov, Boulder, John, Gateway Pundit Alan, One Jerusalem Jerry, Israpundit, Broadsword, Liberally Conservative.
Here is the audio, it runs about 25 minutes. Download dick_morris_92706.wav
Mr. Morris has had a varied public career. He has earned a reputation for being one of America's leading political commentators and experts in the art of politics. Mr. Morris is best known as a central strategist in Bill Clinton's re-election campaign for President of the United States.
Last week, Mr. Morris and Eileen McGann published a critical article about the Clinton's that the Main Stream Media largely ignored. Entitled "Emir's A Gusher for Bill and Hillary" the op-ed charges that Bill Clinton and those in the inner circle of both Clintons have enjoyed large financial benefits from Clinton's relationship with Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. This story involves the controversial Dubai ports deal. NY POST OpEd here
Since publication of this largely ignored column the news media has been hotly debating President Clinton's handling of the hunt for Osama bin-Ladin. Did he do enough or didn't he? Did Senator Clinton know that her campaign consultants were on the payroll of the Sheik?
Today on ABC News— - Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich believes former President Clinton's blow up during an interview on "Fox News Sunday" -- and the escalating war of words over whether he or President Bush mishandled opportunities to catch or kill Osama bin Laden before the Sept. 11 attacks -- was premeditated to shore up support for Democrats ahead of the November midterm elections.
"I think that as the most experienced professional in the Democratic Party, he didn't walk onto that set and suddenly get upset," Gingrich said. "He probably decided in advance he was going to pick a fight with Chris Wallace."
This, Gingrich said, may have been a good strategy.
"I think as a calculated political decision, it's reasonably smart," he said.
Dick Morris is a blog reader. And so he spoke effusively of the participants conducting the interview. He digs my blog - "nice site"
Hillary of course is running for reelection in New York and while I doubt she can be defeated but it will be terribly important in her presidential race f she does better or worse than she did against Lasio 4 years ago. If she wins by more than 12 points than I think it's going to be a huge ratification on her Senate career that really does not deserve ratification on the other hand if she wins by 5 or 6 7 or 7 % I think she is going to have a lot of explaining to do as to why she get elected by 12 and the reelected by only 5 or 6.I think the relationship between the Clintons and the Emir of Dubai really is going to be the dominant scandal of the 08 election when Hillary runs. I think the rapport and this relationship really is in a sense the new Whitewater or the new Watergate of their careers.[...]Clearly we can infer that Clinton had a big role in bringing the Emir in and then the other question was we don't know how Clinton is being compensated for this. We do know he was being paid a flat fee plus a percent of the commission on the investments. We don't know how much that is. The disclosure form that Hillary filed and the Senate only requires that she indicate whether or not he is being paid more than a thousand dollars a year, and of course he is. But there is a substantial basis for believing that this could be a very large sum that he receives annually and an even larger sum after 5 years.[..]The flip side of this is that their is an increasing close political relationship between the Emir and his political interests and the Clintons.
Morris thinks should point our lasers on this scandal and stay tuned;
It's very significant. Obviously the public policy issues are that you have this foreign head of state paying conceivably an enormous amount of money to the husband of a United States Senator and conceivably the husband of a President or at least a Presidential candidate.
The implications for influence peddling and all of that are very severe.
And this Emir is a barbarian. He has been indicted in the Miami courts of kidnapping two and three year old boys from Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc brought to Dubai for camel jockeying. The lawsuit was brought by the parents of kidnapped children. And of course Dubai has been cited for human rights violations particularly in its abuse/treatment of women by the US State department.
When Jerry asked Morris about the Clinton relationship with the current Saudi Ambassador to the US (Clinton classmates at the University of Georgetown) - Morris didn't know that. Further he asked about Clinton's special visas to issued to characters with ties to terrorism and again, Morris was unaware - but thought it needed investigating, researching and suggested Jerry follow up with the former Governor of Tennessee Ray Nabus (Clinton's former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia - not a Clinton loyalist).
I asked Dick why he jumped to the other side and come out blasting.
I did not jump to the other side. I strongly supported his welfare reform.
I said that was Republican.
His work on crime, balanced budget......[...]
Yes, but I have always been more of a Republican
And he outlined his history of working for and with Republicans
......but there were really three points of departure. I really hated how Hillary would have these secret police go out and investigate the women he [Bill] was involved with. Not to reform to him or divorce him but simply to cow the women into silence so that he could get elected
Strongly disapproved her running for Senator from New York. I am New Yorker and the last thing she is a New Yorker.
And then finally after 9/11. Anyone looking at that and reading the 9/11 report has to understand on terrorism Clinton was a dismal failure.
[..] It's not Bill Clinton I am opposing so strongly it's Hillary Clinton because she'd be a terrible, rotten President. She is a European Socialist, with that kind of view that we have to increase taxes not to pay for programs but to redistribute income. She would very much like to see 40 45% of our economy going taxes like they do in Sweden, France and Germany with staggering effects on the economy.
I followed up with the Chris Wallace meltdown. I thought it was deliberate, that Clinton is calculated but with the internet and blogs he could never get away with those lies. What was he thinking.?And while he didn't think the rage was planned, he did agree with me that there is nothing that Clinton ever does that is not calculated.
Clinton's no more in control of himself as when he is going through a rage. His "rages" are not flying off the handle, not losing control, they are the ultimate form of control.
The closer you get to the truth the more vociferous he is in his indignation
Listen to it all.............good stuff on Sandy Berger.
And the dialogue gets better. The Weekly Standard reports;
Hillary Clinton attempts to rewrite history.
by Thomas Joscelyn
YESTERDAY, in the wake of President Clinton's interview on Fox News, Senator Hillary Clinton defended her husband's counterterrorism track record. Reacting to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's assertion that the Bush administration "was at least as aggressive" in the eight months preceding September 11, 2001 as the Clinton administration was in the years prior, the former first lady remarked:
"I'm certain that if my husband and his national security team had been shown a classified report entitled 'Bin Laden Determined To Attack Inside the United States' he would have taken it more seriously than history suggests it was taken by our current president and his national security team."
Apparently referring to the August 6, 2001 presidential daily briefing, which was entitled "bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US," Senator Clinton suggested that her husband did not receive the same type of warnings that President Bush did.
In fact, President Clinton signed a similar classified document--which contained an explicit warning from the U.S. Intelligence Community that bin Laden intended to strike inside the United States, more than two years prior to leaving office. And the U.S. intelligence community collected numerous pieces of intelligence concerning bin Laden's determination to strike inside the United States during President Clinton's tenure. In addition to the failed plot against the World Trade Center in 1993 and the failed al Qaeda plot against LAX airport in 1999, there were clear indications that bin Laden's terror empire intended to strike targets in the continental United States.