Video flashback: U.S. drone had Osama onscreen -- in 2000

Remember this? I didn’t. But two different readers e-mailed in to remind me. The Internet has a long memory, my friends.

Important to note: according to CNN’s report, Predators weren’t armed with missiles at the time. It would have taken between three and seven hours to hit the base with missiles after Osama had been spotted.

Why wasn’t it hit? Watch the clip and see. Why didn’t the producers of “Path to 9/11” dramatize this incident instead of the bogus composite scene with Sandy Berger? Alas, that’s known only to God.

FYI, I’ve saved a copy of the video to my hard drive. Just in case Harry Reid should suddenly find “irregularities” in NBC’s broadcasting license and the clip end up magically disappearing from their website.

Click the image to watch. (Update: Use IE. It doesn’t work in Firefox.)


We would have let it lie, Harry. This is what you get for making threats.

Update: Point Five thinks the Dems’ attempts at revisionism should be more ambitious.

Update: Dan Riehl’s doing some document capturing of his own.

I hadn’t written a single post about this story until this morning. It’s only because the nutroots got predictably hysterical over it that it ended up on Drudge, and now it’s galvanized the right. Well done, kids.

Update (Bryan): You say the Internet has a long memory…and you’re right.

O‘DONNELL: But many people have made the impression that something in the Bush administration was done wrong. But there‘s evidence that the Clinton administration knew full well that bin Laden had the wherewithal and was planning to attack the United States. Who is to blame and did the president, Clinton, get this information?

SCHEUER: Certainly the president got the information. And most certainly his closest adviser, Sandy Berger and Mr. Clarke—Richard Clarke, had the information from 1996 forward that bin Laden intended to attack the United States. There‘s no question of that. And in terms of which administration had more chances, Mr. Clinton‘s administration had far more chances to kill Osama bin Laden than Mr. Bush has until this day.

O‘DONNELL: That‘s very interesting. I don‘t think that many Americans know that or think that everything that they‘ve heard—you‘ve spent your life tracking Osama bin Laden. From what we know now and what you know, how many missed opportunities were there to prevent the 9/11 attacks?

SCHEUER: Well, we had—the question of whether or not we could have prevented the attacks is one you could debate forever. But we had at least eight to 10 chances to capture or kill Osama bin Laden in 1998 and 1999. And the government on all occasions decided that the information was not good enough to act.

There’s plenty more where that came from.