Clinton voted against military tribunals for terror suspects, including al-Qaeda detainees.
Clinton has zigzagged on Iraq. In autumn 2002, she voted to authorize Operation Iraqi Freedom. In February 2005, she said, “I don’t think we should be setting a deadline” to leave Iraq. Last January 18, she told PBS: “I think the timetable still remains problematic.” But a month later, on February 17, she stated: “It’s time to say the redeployment should start in 90 days, or we will revoke authorization for this war.”
Clinton has waffled on Iran. Last February, she told the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee that “no option can be taken off the table” when confronting Tehran. This month, she declared she is “opposed to letting President Bush take any military action” against Iran without Congress’ permission.
The fact that Hillary’s foreign-affairs advisers include Bill Clinton’s national-security chief, Sandy Berger — despite his guilty plea for stealing al-Qaeda-related secrets from the National Archives, stuffing these documents down his socks, then shredding them at home with scissors — raises grave doubts about how seriously she takes national security.
Meanwhile, Clinton’s campaign has yet to respond to my requests to list her counterterrorist accomplishments.
These terrorists’ love for Hillary mirrors their hatred for her leading GOP rival, Rudolph W. Giuliani.
“If I had the occasion to meet him I would hurt him,” said Ramadan Adassi, a West Bank Al Aqsa leader. “For the sake of the American people, Giuliani shouldn’t be elected. He is a disgusting guy, and I think Americans must think very hard about their future and their soldiers who will be killed when they come to elect their leaders.”
“Giuliani doesn’t deserve to live or even to be mentioned,” said Al Aqsa’s Ala Senakreh. “He hates Palestinians and we hate him.”
Al Aqsa’s Abu Hamed said Giuliani “can hate Arafat and the Palestinians, but he knows that nobody is hated in the world more than his leadership, his party, his president, and his Zionist friends.”
Why the hard feelings? Perhaps because Giuliani has snipped terrorists’ bomb wires for 31 years.
Giuliani’s “On the Issues” website entry identifies “Winning the War on Terror” as his third Top-10 theme. Clinton’s third of 10, coincidentally, is “Ending the War in Iraq.” Her “Issues” page does not even mention “Terror.”
Mayor Giuliani’s NYPD officers in July 1997 arrested two Palestinians with Jordanian passports and five pipe-bombs. They were convicted of immigration fraud and plotting to blast Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue subway station.
Giuliani rode a No. 18 bus in Israel in March 1996, just weeks after terrorists attacked that route. He said, “I want to show that terrorism can’t succeed and that decent people stand up against terrorists.”
In 1995, Giuliani famously expelled Yasser Arafat from an invitation-only United Nations 50th anniversary celebration at Lincoln Center. As Giuliani said then: “Arafat has never been held to answer for the murders that he was implicated in.” Last October 16, Giuliani told the Republican Jewish Coalition why he booted the PLO dictator: “I knew from my own investigations of Arafat that he was a murderer and a terrorist.” Giuliani added: “This whole idea of holding him on a morally equivalent plane to the prime minister of Israel…was a terrible, terrible mistake.”
As New York City’s U.S. attorney, Giuliani attempted in 1988 to close the Palestine Liberation Organization’s U.N. observer mission under the 1987 Anti-Terrorism Act.
In 1986, Giuliani targeted an anti-Castro group responsible for two murders and 25 bombings. Giuliani secured guilty pleas from three Omega 7 members who conspired to kill Cuba’s U.N. ambassador in 1980 and blow up its Manhattan consulate in 1979.
While he was third-in-charge at President Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department, Giuliani encouraged Interpol to improve its global probes of money laundering, international fugitives, and explosives trafficking. He also worked with the FBI to protect the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics from terrorism and other threats.
Giuliani represented the Justice Department on President Gerald Ford’s Cabinet Committee to Combat Terrorism. It addressed the “increased danger of major terrorist attacks in the US requiring urgent preventive and preparatory action,” according to a declassified June 10, 1976 State Department memo. Among other things, Giuliani foresaw that the regulations that blocked CIA and FBI intelligence sharing “were hampering the U.S. government in keeping track of terrorists.” This very “wall” later kept the September 11 conspiracy’s dots fatally disconnected.
“I don’t believe Americans should base their votes entirely on what the terrorists think,” Aaron Klein says from Jerusalem, “but it’s certainly telling that our enemies are rooting for the Democrats, particularly Hillary.” He adds: “The theme from all those interviewed in the book, about 35, and those I have talked with for my reporting the past few years, which adds many more, is the same: They favor the Democrats and believe the liberal ideology is their road to victory.”
As the War on Terror continues, Americans should study our foes’ political preferences — and then pull the lever the other way.
© 2007 Scripps Howard News Service