Conservative hate speech and intolerance"Everyone knows the Clintons have a cat. Socks is the White House cat. But did you know there is a White House dog?" He then displays a picture of 13-year old Chelsea Clinton. Limbaugh later claims that he had no responsibility for the joke, and fires a low-level technician for supposedly displaying the photo without authorization. Watchers of the broadcast confirm that Limbaugh was setting up the joke with his own words, and that Limbaugh found the display of Chelsea's photograph hilarious. (FAIR)
Anti-terrorism and homeland securityThe ensuing urban battle is later called the "Battle of Mogadishu," and is chronicled in Mark Bowden's book Black Hawk Down. The battle is made more difficult by the violent resistance from Somali civilians along with Aidad's own militia (the militia made use of civilians as screens, counting on US reluctance to fire on civilians, while they attacked from the cover provided by the civilians. It did not take long for the US troops to overcome their resistance to firing on the Somalian civilians, many of whom were firing on US positions and setting up roadblocks of cars and burning tires.) While the rescue mission, mounted by an international force of Pakistanis, Malaysians, and US troops, is more or less successful, the broadcast videotape of 18 dead Army Rangers makes a harsh impression on viewers around the world and leads to heavy protests against America's involvement in Somalia both in the US and abroad. (The casualties include 18 American dead, one dead Malaysian, and 82 wounded, including 73 Americans. 500 to 1000 Somali militia members and civilians were killed, and up to 4000 were injured.) Republican politicians seize the opportunity to lambast Clinton for being involved in Somalia, ignoring the fact that they had roundly approved the intervention when Bush asked for it in 1992. Pakistani ISI operative and terrorist Maulana Masood Azhar is the link between the Somalians and bin Laden's al-Qaeda terror network. Azhar continues to live a free and unimpeded life in Pakistan; the US government has never asked that he be brought to trial for his role in the death of the 18 American soldiers. The debacle will bring about the US Marine Corps' Urban Warrior training program. (ABC News, CCR, Wikipedia)
Fall of Soviet UnionOn October 6, tank fire damages the Russian White House; over 150 die in the clash. Yeltsin's forces eventually triumph, leading to the removal from power of Communist and other dissident elements in the former USSR. (Hammer News, BBC)
Anti-terrorism and homeland securityOver the next six months, Clinton will withdraw all American troops from Somalia. UN peacekeeping forces attempt to keep order for another year after the American departure, but are unsuccessful and finally abandon Somalia to sort its own problems out. As of early 2003, Somalia has yet to form a stable government, and anarchy reigns throughout the country. (CNN)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"The Clintons are former business partners with McDougal in Whitewater. Allegations that McDougal used his position to funnel illegal monies into Clinton's 1986 gubernatorial election fund are later proven to be false; during Clinton's term as governor, the Arkansas Securities Department had recommended that Madison Guaranty be shut down and McDougal removed. It is later proven that Lewis spent an inordinate amount of time investigating Madison S&L. Of the eight top S&L failures, the other 7 cost taxpayers over $2 billion and were investigated a total of 346 hours; Lewis spent 5,661 hours investigating Madison, which lost $73 million. Lewis will make 9 criminal referrals as a result of her investigation; none of the referrals against the Clintons survive initial court review. Lewis told Republican senator Alfonse D'Amato that she had imposed on herself a deadline of August 31, 1992, for finding enough dirt on the Clintons to file a criminal referral to the US attorney in Little Rock; the deadline is designed to have the maximum impact on the upcoming presidential elections. On September 2, Lewis will file her first referral, naming both Clintons as witnesses and potential beneficiaries of criminal wrongdoing. The Justice Department finds Lewis's evidence so fragmentary, contradictory, and just plain wrong that it refuses to follow up on the referral, nor will it consider Lewis's further referrals. (CNN, Washington Post, Washington Post, How the Smear Began, H.R. Clinton, James Carville)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"First, they write that the Resolution Trust Company (RTC), the organization set up to deal with the rash of failed savings & loan companies under Reaganomics, is investigating Madison Guaranty Trust, a defunct Arkansas bank owned by James and Susan McDougal, friends and business partners of the Clintons. The RTC had asked federal prosecutors to determine whether the bank had used depositors' funds "to benefit local politicians, including a reelection campaign of then-governor Bill Clinton." They then report that former Little Rock judge David Hale is under indictment for defrauding the Small Business Administration, and is charging that in the 1980s Clinton pressured him to make an illegal SBA loan to Susan McDougal which was used to purchase land in the Whitewater real estate deal. Finally, they report that Webster Hubbell, associate attorney general and a former law partner of Hillary Clinton, might have had a conflict of interest involving Madison Guaranty when he switched from defending the S&L to working for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the government agency that was suing the failed bank; Hubbell failed to report his previous connection to Madison to the FDIC.