Bill Clinton's black ninjas

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In FP Armchair Warriors
Civilian strategists often think they understand the use of force better than their generals do. Here are 10 cockamamie military schemes that thankfully never came to pass.
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What: Bill Clinton's black ninjas
Target: Osama bin Laden

In 1999 or 2000, after the failed attempt to kill Osama bin Laden with some 80 cruise missiles launched into the al Qaeda camp in Khost, Afghanistan, a frustrated President Bill Clinton thought that somehow the United States could "scare the shit out of al Qaeda if suddenly a bunch of black ninjas rappelled out of helicopters into the middle of their camp," according to the 9/11 Commission.
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What: March to the Sea (of Waziristan)
Target: Osama bin Laden

This October, Jack Devine, a 32-year veteran of the CIA, advised Obama to "forget about nation-building in Afghanistan and, like [Gen. William Tecumseh] Sherman marching across Georgia during the Civil War, march our army across eastern Afghanistan, pressing forward even into Pakistan's Northwest Frontier, and continue the march until we capture [Osama bin Laden]." Devine hoped to avoid the invasion because once Pakistan knew of the U.S. plans, "it's a pretty good bet that we would have bin Laden's head on a platter." Uh-huh.
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Actually fairly cheap and not as daft as some things the Pentagon itself has bought into, the cakewalk to Baghdad and propping up duplicitous Pindi for the best part of a decade painfully comes to mind.
 
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Some of the other ideas have a certain charm as well...
 
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Pardon me for speaking up for slick Willie, but I got the impression that his basic point was that occasional cruise missile strikes (as per August 1998) were useless, and that the US military would at some point be obliged to target al-Qaeda more rigorously. Was he wrong?
 
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In FP Armchair WarriorsActually fairly cheap and not as daft as some things the Pentagon itself has bought into, the cakewalk to Baghdad and propping up duplicitous Pindi for the best part of a decade painfully comes to mind.

This proves it!! Slick Willy was known at least in the US as the nation's first black president by virtue of his rather transparent efforts to court the black vote (remember his "elegant" jazz sax playing on various late night telly shows to show he had "soul"?).

His looking only to "black ninjas" shows his prejudice that interestingly violates our equal opportunity laws.

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