Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terrorby Richard Miniter, Rich Miniter
Years before the public knew about bin Laden, Bill Clinton did. Bin Laden first attacked Americans during Clinton's presidential transition in December 1992. He struck again at the World Trade Center in February 1993. Over the next eight years the archterrorist's attacks would escalate killing hundreds and wounding thousands - while Clinton did his best to stymie the FBI and CIA and refused to wage a real war on terror.
The answer is here in investigative reporter Richard Miniter's stunning exposé, Losing bin Laden: How Bill Clinton's Failures Unleashed Global Terror, that includes exclusive interviews with both of Clinton's National Security Advisors, Clinton's Counter-Terrorism Czar, his first Director of Central Intelligence, his Secretary of State, top CIA and FBI agents, lawmakers from both parties and foreign intelligence officials from France, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as on-the-scene coverage from Sudan, Egypt, and elsewhere. Bill Clinton had countless opportunities to nab Osama bin Laden during his presidency, but time and time again, bin Laden slipped out of the Clinton administration's grasp,In Losing bin Laden you'll learn:
- How the Northern Alliance was criticized by the Clinton Administration for trying to kill bin Laden-and why they kept trying anyway.
- The never-before-told story of the Saudi government attempt to assassinate bin Laden.
- Why Bill Clinton refused to meet with his first Director of Central Intelligence.
- Drawn from secret Sudanese intelligence files, the never-before-told story of bin Laden's role in shooting down America's Black Hawk helicopters in Mogadishu, Somalia-and how Clinton manipulated the news media to keep the worst off America's TV screens.
- How the Clinton administration turned down repeated offers from Sudan to hand over bin Laden to the U.S. because they didn't want him in a U.S. court.
- How the Clinton administration never took a look at offered Sudanese intelligence files, a database of names, movements and locations of bin Laden and hundreds of al Qaeda operatives.
- The 1993 World Trade Center attack-why Clinton never visited the site; why the CIA was kept out of the investigation; how one of the FBI's most trusted informants was actually a double agent working for bin Laden.
- Why the CIA never funded bin Laden-despite the liberal myths.
- The untold story of a respected congressman who repeatedly warned Clinton officials about bin Laden in 1993-and why he was ignored.
- Revealed for the first time; how Clinton and a Democratic senator stopped the CIA from hiring Arabic translators-while phone intercepts from bin Laden remained untranslated.
- How the Predator spy plane-which spotted bin Laden three times-was grounded by bureaucratic infighting.
- Why the Clinton administration refused to retaliate for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.
Plus much more, including appendices of secret documents and photos, as well as the established links between bin Laden and Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Losing bin Laden is a dramatic, page-turning read, a riveting account of a terror war that bin Laden openly declared, but that Clinton left largely unfought. With a pounding narrative, upclose characters, and detailed scenes, it takes you inside the Oval Office, the White House Situation Room, and some of the deadliest terrorist cells that America has ever faced. If Clinton had fought back, the attacks on September 11, 2001, might never have happened. Losing bin Laden is a story-and one hell of a lesson-that the reader will never forget.
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Richard Miniter, a Washington, D.C., writer, is the author of The Myth of Market Share and several books on the war on terrorism, including Shadow War and Disinformation.
Audie Award finalist Alan Sklar has narrated nearly two hundred audiobooks and has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards.
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After the tragic events of 9-11 we all know about Al Kaeda and Bin Laden. But 17 years ago just a few people knew about the most dangerous terrorist organization and it's leader. Bill Clinton did know about bin Laden years before the public knew. Richard Miniter, an investigative journalist and author states in his book: "If Clinton had fought back, the attacks on September 11, 2001, might never have happened." Bin Laden's first attacks on Americans took place in December 1992 during Clinton's presidential transition. In February 1993 Bin Laden struck again at the World Trade Center. Over the next several years this terrorist leader would escalate his attacks on the civilized world, killing hundreds and wounding thousands innocent people. Bill Clinton's administration at that time did not respond efficiently. Clinton did not wage a real war on terror. He had the opportunity to do so, but instead he did his best to stymie the FBI and CIA. How could that happen? In this book we can find out the answer. I liked this book because of the interesting facts and events such as: evidence that Clinton knew about Sudan's offers to arrest bin Laden-and why he ignored them, or the story of the Saudi government attempt to assassinate bin Laden, that has never been told before. Also the reader can learn how Clinton ignored intelligence and offers of cooperation against bin Laden from Afghanistan's Northern Alliance, or how the Predator spy plane-which spotted bin Laden three times-was grounded by the bureaucracy, and much more, including, appendices of secret documents and photos. I did not like the fact that this book fails to explain why George Bush Senior or Junior allowed Bin Laden to go free, making me think that the book is a little too much Republican. The most interesting point I found in this book was the number of countries infiltrated by bin Laden during the Clinton Administration. The part that I found the most interesting is the promise by the Sudanese to deliver bin Laden to the American CIA at the Sudanese airport and Clinton's resignation of "we don't have anything to charge him with!" Overall I would rate this book a 7 out of 10 since there are many facts not reported on the media or anywhere else. The only thing stopping me from giving it a 10 is the fact that only Bill Clinton is being criticized about the situations with Terrorism and the Bush Family is being left out of the story. I would like other people to read this book and educate and alert themselves on how strong terrorism is and possibly prevent disasters similar to the 9-11.
Very narrow minded viee of wwhat we can do. Does not address our impact of our foreign policy that breeds anger teoarfs us.
Not worth the paper it's printed on. I did NOT buy it but read parts of it while in a library. REPUBLICAN HOGWASH.
'losing bin laden' is a very remarkable book. the writer richard miniter documents how bill clinton on numerous times refused to meet with the director of the cia and how a pradator spy plane spoted bin laden several times but was grounded by bill clinton and his administration and this bestseller clearly documents with some exellent research that this administration knew were bin laden was and had ample oppurtunity to capture him but chose to ignore many intelligence documents and world leaders. great gift idea for a friend or family member.
I am no Clinton Apologist. He certainly bears his share of blame, but fair is fair: If the Clinton Administration made SO many mistakes that were SO obvious, then where was this book BEFORE 9/11? And why didn't the Bush administration do anything to fix those mistakes before 9/11? In addition, some of Mr. Miniter's claims, such as links between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, Liberals accusing the CIA of funding bin Laden, among others, are dubious at best. For those who truly want to understand the events leading up to 9/11 in an unbiased way, there are two books you MUST read, in this order: 1. Ghost Wars, by Pulitzer Prize Winner Steve Coll, and 2. The 9/11 Commission Report Go Navy! Semper Fortis!
Save your money, this book fails to explain why George Bush Senior or Junior allowed Bin Laden to go free. Sesame Street has more useful information.
The most interesting point I found in this book was the number of countries infiltrated by bin Laden during the Clinton Administration. Overall I found this book eye opening to the international terrorist scene. The part that makes one want to cry is the promise by the Sudenese to deliver bin Laden to the American CIA at the Khartoum airport and Clintons resignation of 'we don't have anything to charge him with!' Another thought brought out by this book was Clinton and his strong preoccupation with politics rather than running the country the best he could. This book also reminded me that while Clinton is an excellent politician, he is a very poor leader. Thank you for letting me review this book. I bought it at your store in Beachwood Ohio and I love Barnes and Noble.
... and realize what the previous administration did to your country. (And how the left wants to destroy it). Very well written, well documented, great read. Worth every penny.