AUDIO: Clinton on 9/10/01 Says He Could've Killed Bin Laden, But Didn't
Eerie audio just released reveals that hours before the September 11, 2001 attacks, former President Bill Clinton spoke about how he could’ve killed Usama bin Laden but chose not to.
In the audio (above), obtained by Sky News Australia, Clinton is heard addressing Australian business leaders.
Until now, Clinton's eerie words had not been made public. But a businessman who had access to the nearly 13-year-old recording handed it over to Sky News Australia, which broadcast it in a report Monday.
"I'm just saying, you know, if I were Usama bin Laden -- he's a very smart guy, I've spent a lot of time thinking about him -- and I nearly got him once," Clinton said on the recording.
"I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him."
"And so I didn't do it," he added.
On The Five, Greg Gutfeld said the lesson is to support drones “because a drone is designed to kill a terrorist every chance you get. So every time you send a drone, you’re possibly preventing a 9/11.”
Andrea Tanataros said, “[Clinton] was being very thoughtful about how he handled it, and that’s what presidents do. They make tough decisions.”
She added that the problem now is that President Obama seems wary of making those tough decisions.
Dana Perino, former press secretary under President George W. Bush, noted that at the time, both politically and logistically, there wasn’t a coalition of people against the war on terror.
Listen to the audio and watch The Five’s reaction in the clip above.