President Clinton watched golf instead of giving a decision on a critical attack against Iraq-Disputed!

President Clinton Once Delayed a Critical Attack on Iraq Because He was Watching a Golf GameDisputed!



Summary of eRumor:

The email quotes a new book by Lt. Col Robert Patterson, who served as a military aide to President Clinton from 1996 through 1998.  Patterson says that planes were ready to launch against Saddam Hussein in response to a blatant violation of the terms that ended the Gulf War.  Clinton is described as having told the American people that action against Saddam was imminent.  Patterson says that while the critical window of opportunity for conducting the attack in the darkness of night faded,

The Truth:

The allegations are in Patterson’s book, “Dereliction of Duty: The Eyewitness Account of How Bill Clinton Compromised National Security.”  Excerpts were published on March 10, 2003 in the New York Daily News.  The news contacted former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger who said the golf tournament story never happened.  The book makes other allegations including that Clinton “sexually molested” a female Air Force office aboard Air Force One, once lost the nuclear launch codes that would be necessary for defending America from nuclear attack, and didn’t seem able to make a decision that would have taken out Osama Bin Laden.

Critics of the book say it’s another in a series of anti-Clinton books from publisher, Regnery press, and cannot be authenticated outside of the author’s allegations.  Supporters of the book say it provides important information about how Bill Clinton failed to keep America safe.

Last updated 3/24/03