Clinton the H is effectively accusing Pakistan of harbouring Osama bin Laden…

“I’m not saying that they’re at the highest levels, but I believe that somewhere in this government are people who know where Usama bin Laden and Al Qaeda is, where Mullah Omar and the leadership of the Afghan Taliban is, and we expect more cooperation to help us bring to justice, capture or kill those who attacked us on 9/11,” she said.

This is getting to be a family tradition: Clinton the B raised the same charges over a decade ago…

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif comes to the US on July 4 [1999] to meet with President Clinton…Clinton is livid and yells at Sharif for breaking promises, not only about Kashmir but also about failing to help with bin Laden. According to notes taken at the meeting, Clinton says he had “asked repeatedly for Pakistani help to bring Osama bin Laden to justice… [Sharif] promised often to do so but had done nothing. Instead, the ISI worked with bin Laden and the Taliban to foment terrorists.”

Pakistan’s intelligence services have long been mashed up with militants (not intrinsically damning – the same’s true of the CIA). If the US have any proof, however, they’re keeping very quiet about it: Robert Gates, the Defence Secretary, claims there’s been a void of good intelligence “for years“. Last October, when Clinton first gave tentative voice to this charge, she merely found it “hard to believe” that no one could lead her to OBL. Well, that’s convincing, Hil! What’s changed?

Still, it would be foolish to expect consistency. For years, the US stubbornly held that the beardy one was in Pakistan; never acknowledging the doubts of others, let alone offering evidence. Pakistan, meanwhile, has long maintained that he’s skulked to another nation, or, indeed, the afterlife. Clinton isn’t necessarily wrong, but nor should her bald claims be trusted; she’s a tainted source.

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