Ten hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001, Bill Clinton allegedly told a group of businessmen in Australia that he had a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden, but passed because it would have meant killing hundreds of innocent civilians.
That’s according to never-before-released audio of remarks made public by Australian media on Wednesday.
At the event in Melbourne, which took place not long after the end of Clinton’s term in office, the former president was asked about international terrorism.
“And I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama bin Laden — he’s very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once,” Clinton is heard saying. “I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.”
Instead Bill Clinton chose to let Al Qaeda kill 3,000 Americans. And now his wife wants the chance to follow that same policy for eight years.
By the way, Fact Check rated this claim as “false” back in 2008. Now here are the facts from Clinton’s own mouth.
And here’s a flashback from Bill Clinton on FOX News in 2006…
Clinton asserted he had done more to try to kill bin Laden than “all the right-wingers who are attacking me now.” In fact, Clinton said, conservatives routinely criticized him for “obsessing” over bin Laden while he was in office.
“They ridiculed me for trying. They had eight months to try. They did not try. I tried. So I tried and failed,” he said.