In an article published recently on the web site of Oklahoma’s largest newspaper, I was disappointed by the words attributed to the executive director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum said about President Bill Clinton on the occasion of the announcement that her group will honor the nation’s 40th president with the Reflections of Hope Award in conjunction with the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing:
“President Clinton and the work of the Clinton Foundation exemplify the core mission of this award and the Memorial and Museum,” said Kari Watkins. “He stood by this city 15 years ago and helped lead the way to rebuilding the heart of our city. Since then, he has done a tremendous job of bringing together the private sector and the non-governmental organizations to combat global issues.”
My beef isn’t with Watkins, mind you. It lies, instead, with the continuation of the myths surrounding the bombing. Stated more succinctly, it lies with the fact that the cover up surrounding the April 19, 1995, attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building continues.
As reported in four posts based on exclusive interviews with David P. Schippers and Jayna Davis, the evidence points to President Clinton being responsible for doing little to bring about complete justice for the 168 victims of the bombing in the nation’s heartland.
Who is Schippers? He’s a 70-something Chicago-based attorney who served as chief investigative counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings. In addition, he authored the book, “SELLOUT: The Inside Story of President Clinton’s Impeachment.”
I was introduced to Schippers by Jayna Davis, author of the book, “The Third Terrorist,” which chronicled her decade-long investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing and became a New York Times Best Seller. Some 30 years his junior, Davis considers Schippers a close personal friend and something of a father figure.
In a post published Sept. 30, I recounted my interview with Schippers:
I began the interview by asking Schippers why no one had pursued Hussain Al-Hussaini, the Iraqi native Davis identified in her book as the third terrorist who, along with Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, carried out the attack?
“My honest opinion is that the original shot was made by (President Bill) Clinton in 1995,” he explained. “Remember, it was 1995, and he had lost the congress — both houses of Congress — and people were saying he would never get reelected, and his numbers were way the hell down.
“If he had had another attack against the United States, he would have had to act, and he didn’t do a damn thing on the first Twin Towers bombing,” he continued. “Clinton said, ‘Let’s not overreact,’ and, at that time, we had the Department of Justice with (Janet) Reno in there who was completely politicized, and I think (Clinton) just decided we’re not going to do it.”
Schippers continued, “riding” a bipartisan train of thought.
“Now, why didn’t the (President George W.) Bush people do it?” he asked rhetorically. “That’s the one that really bothered me. We deliberately waited until Reno and that gang got out of the administration and then Bush came in.”
Unfortunately, no one ever bit on the information Schippers said a president could have used as a legitimate reason to invade Iraq, and he blames it on a pact between the Bushes and Clintons — something akin to the mutually-assured destruction mindset that prevailed during the Cold War between Russia and the United States.
The preponderance of the evidence, thoroughly documented by Davis and explained further by Schippers, is difficult — if not impossible — to refute.
UDPATE 4/17/10 at 3:52 p.m. Central: Two days before the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, President Clinton is painting tea partiers as “gonna-be terrorists”. Plays into the 15-year-old cover up I wrote about above.