Bill Clinton’s Strategic Emotion - New York Times

Bill Clinton’s Strategic Emotion - New York Times
"The cable news channels, which traffic in sensation and which are on constant watch for signs of “feeling” and conflict among American politicians, spent the following week interpreting the outburst. Pundits floated various theories to explain Clinton’s answer: he was fed up with the so-called right-wing noise machine; he was hoping to gin up enthusiasm among Democratic partisans prior to the election; he understood that what he did or did not do to cripple Al Qaeda remains a serious historical liability on his presidential legacy, and that questions about his actions were sure to surface during any campaign his wife, Hillary Clinton, the junior senator from New York, might undertake for the presidency. Whatever his motivations, he achieved his goal: No journalist, to my knowledge, has since asked Mr. Clinton about his efforts against Al Qaeda."

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