Interesting video from last night’s Hannity program with Dick Morris. The discussion – concerning the TEA Party movement and how it could/might lead to or encourage violence – occurred during a segment discussing the Waco Branch Davidian Compound siege and Oklahoma City bombing.
The siege ending and bombing share the April 19 anniversary date. Two years apart, Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols planned the bombing for April 19, and the date was not a coincidence.
In a new revelation, Dick Morris – who was President Clinton’s primary political adviser during the 1993 and 1995 events in Waco and Oklahoma City respectively – suggested Janet Reno threatened to “leak the goods” on Waco unless Bill Clinton kept her on for a second term.
President Clinton has certainly been speaking out-of-turn the past couple of days concerning TEA Party members and the current political tone, but what exactly does Morris mean by “leak the goods”? Was Clinton more directly involved with the actions at Waco then previously believed?
Update: Morrissey is not buying it.
… I dislike the idea of giving McVeigh any credibility by suggesting that Clinton holds some responsibility for Oklahoma City by pushing McVeigh to violence. It’s as appalling as Clinton blaming Rush Limbaugh for the exact same thing, and it’s as objectionable as Clinton suggesting in a pre-emptive manner that Tea Parties will be responsible for any acts of violence later. That shifts the blame away from the individuals who commit terrorist acts and onto those who get victimized by them, at least indirectly. McVeigh is the one responsible for his actions, not Clinton or Reno, and that holds true for Osama bin Laden, Ted Kaczynski, and Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, too.