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September 11 and the Clinton Agenda By: Tanya Metaksa
FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, November 01, 2001

OLD CLINTONISTAS are still attempting to influence United States policy-making decisions. Unlike old soldiers, they don’t fade away. They keep promoting their left-wing agenda.  Some are burrowing under ground in the hopes of returning in some new Democrat administration; others are keeping their names and agenda alive by speaking out.  Many, of course, have transmorphed into media pundits, who appear to be paid by the word for uttering inane thoughts on current news.

Among the latter is former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.  She and Dr. Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, have become twin foreign policy commentators.  On CNN’s Late Edition of October 21, Wolf Blitzer rebuked Albright, saying, "the inspections of Iraq ended during the Clinton administration, when you were Secretary of State."  She responded, "it was very hard, in fact, to hold a coalition together during the sanctions aspect of this (the period after the Gulf War) and to keep the inspectors there."

The Washington Times’ Inside the Beltway column reported that Albright kept reiterating her defense of the Clinton Administration’s failure to deal with terrorism by arguing that they never had the support of the American people to go after Bin Laden.  Isn’t it time for someone to ask Madeleine how she explains Clinton’s "wag the dog" tactics of bombing aspirin factories in Sudan?  Wasn’t it a diversion against the discovery of a stained blue dress, rather than looking for Bin Laden?

But Albright isn’t the only Clintonista who continues to tout that administration’s leftist policies.  Eric Holder Jr., who served as deputy attorney general and U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia in the Clinton administration and is now a partner at the law firm Covington and Burling, wrote an opinion editorial for the Washington Post titled "Keeping Guns Away From Terrorists." In the editorial he stated "One measure that is an essential part of any plan is the need to tighten our nation's gun laws, which allow the easy and legal sale of firearms to terrorists and criminals."

To make his case that the Congress should pass a law "to extend the background check to every firearm sale," he used the case of Ali Boumelhem, a convicted felon and terrorist and the case of four Irish Republican Army terrorists who illegally bought guns In Florida.

On October 30, the Washington Post ran three Letters to the Editor in opposition to Holder’s editorial.  All of them decried his using the September 11 tragedy to push the gun control agenda, pointing out that guns were not used that day. The letter from James Jay Baker, Executive Director of the National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action, correctly sets the record straight by pointing out that in both cases the illegal purchasers were apprehended and brought to justice under current law. 

Another Clinton holdover, Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Chairman Ann Brown, was finally successful on the day before Halloween when she got the CPSC to vote 2-1 to sue Daisy Air Rifle Corporation in order to force a recall of more than 7.5 million high-powered versions of their BB guns.  Brown, who was vice-president of the anti-gun Consumer Federation of America (CFA) before being picked by Clinton to chair CPSC, promoted the air rifle recall after a teenager in Pennsylvania pointed what he thought was an unloaded air rifle at a friend and pulled the trigger, resulting in permanent disability to his friend.

Although federal law bans CPSC from regulating firearms, it has considered regulating air rifles and BB guns three times in the past twenty years.  The last review occurred from 1994 to 1996 when it investigated the Daisy 880 model, concluding it was not defective.  Now CPSC is targeting that model as well as versions of Daisy’s PowerLine model 856.  In the last thirty years, those air rifles have been blamed for 28 deaths.

Less than two months after the September 11 attacks on America, the Clinton policies and attitudes developed over the past eight years remain.  Clinton’s lack of a clear, coherent military and foreign policy has surely contributed to America’s current siege.  His Middle East policies are a factor in the rise of militant Islam.  Now the September 11 disaster that Clinton helped create is being used to promote his anti-gun agenda.  It’s time to follow the lead of the fire fighters and police officers in New York City and boo them off the political stage.

Tanya K. Metaksa is the former executive director of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action. She is the author of Safe, Not Sorry a self-protection manual, published in 1997. She has appeared on numerous talk and interview shows such as "Crossfire," the "Today" show, "Nightline," "This Week with David Brinkley" and the "McNeil-Lehrer Hour," among others.

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