Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Go Grab His Ass"

Don't Look Now, Saint Gore, But Your Clay Feet Are Showing.

Shamelessly cribbing from an old post of Tigerhawk here. But this is too good not to pass it on.

It's been common knowledge for years, for anyone who wanted to know, that the practice of extraordinary rendition started under the Clinton Administration, with Clinton's approval.

But now, it turns out, that according to that convenient hero of the left, Richard Clarke, it was Gore's enthusiasm for the method that helped convince Clinton to approve it:
Snatches, or more properly "extraordinary renditions," were operations to apprehend terrorists abroad, usually without the knowledge of and almost always without public acknowledgement of the host government.... The first time I proposed a snatch, in 1993, the White House Counsel, Lloyd Cutler, demanded a meeting with the President to explain how it violated international law. Clinton had seemed to be siding with Cutler until Al Gore belatedly joined the meeting, having just flown overnight from South Africa. Clinton recapped the arguments on both sides for Gore: Lloyd says this. Dick says that. Gore laughed and said, "That's a no-brainer. Of course it's a violation of international law, that's why it's a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass." (Against All Enemies pp. 143-144)
Of course, now that the bottom line on the left has become how shameful the policy is, and everyone blames Bush, Gore is shocked, shocked that the current Administration allowed this to become policy.

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