Thank God I didn’t throw away those micro-initiative policy memos! That’s what Dick Morris must be telling himself.
Morris’ latest column criticizing Bill Clinton for being soft on terror looks pretty much like a catalog of Morris’ own poll-tested micro-initiative ideas that the president refused to sign off on.
“The weekly strategy meetings at the White House throughout 1995 and 1996 featured an escalating drumbeat of advice to President Clinton to take decisive steps to crack down on terrorism. The polls gave these ideas a green light …”
“detailed proposals were laid before the president … ” i.e., by me, Dick Morris
“At a Feb. 13, 1996 White House meeting, the president received and read a memo noting that “by taking aggressive action against Iran, we will rally public opinion for a fight against terror …” i.e., received from me, Dick Morris
And what were these cracker-jack anti-terror initiatives? Revoking Osama bin Laden’s invitation for a sleepover in the Lincoln bedroom?
Not exactly. More like a bogus anti-terrorism tie-in to the motor-voter law, which actually sounds a lot more like a crack-down on illegal immigrants micro-initiative that Morris has retrospectively dressed up as an anti-terror initiative. That and a shifty retelling of the debate over sanctions against Iran which would penalize European businesses.
Dems of good faith have to concede that there were some anti-terror screw-ups under Bill Clinton. But trust me, this ain’t one of ’em.