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Oct 21

Losing Bin Laden

The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Bill Clinton had countless opportunities to nab Osama bin Laden during his presidency, but time and time again, bin Laden slipped out of the Clinton administration's grasp, mostly due to Clinton's personal negligence and reluctance to involve agencies like the CIA and the FBI. For the first time, in a stunning exposé that includes interviews with both of Clinton's National Security Advisors, Clinton's counter-terrorism czar, his first CIA director, his Secretary of State, his Secretary of Defense, top CIA and FBI agents, and foreign intelligence officials from France, Sudan, and Egypt, Richard Miniter shows why Clinton knowingly refused to wage a real war on terror. Miniter clearly lays out several of Clinton's most prominent failures in counter-terrorism and shows how these failures facilitated the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Losing bin Laden is a dramatic, page-turning read, a riveting account of a terror war that bin Laden openly declared, but that Clinton left largely unfought. With a pounding narrative, up-close characters and detailed scenes, it takes you inside the Oval Office, the White House Situation Room, and within some of the deadliest terrorist cells that America has ever faced. If Clinton had fought back, the attacks on September 11, 2001 might never have happened.

"…Based on direct, on-the-record quotes from participants.... Miniter has written a bitter indictment

of the American president." - Robert D. Novak, Creators Syndicate, September 1, 2003

"Remarkably well-researched.... valuable history that should serve as a training manual in how not

to run a foreign policy." - Caspar Weinberger, Washington Times, September 2, 2003

Richard Miniter, an investigative journalist and author, was a member of the award-winning Sunday Times (of London) investigative team whose four-part series traced the secret war between Clinton and bin Laden. He was an editorial page writer at the Wall Street Journal Europe, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal's OpinionJournal.com, and has written for many other major publications. His work has been recognized by the National Press Club and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Currently, he is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for the New Europe, a Brussels-based think tank.

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