Clinton in 2001: I could have killed bin Laden

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Posted: Friday, August 1, 2014 10:40 am

Just hours before the 9/11 attacks, Bill Clinton told a group of Australian businessmen he could have killed Osama bin Laden.

In a new recording that's been hidden for more than a decade, Clinton explains he could have killed bin Laden. The recording was made on Sept. 10, 2001, while Clinton was speaking in Melbourne, Australia.

"I've spent a lot of time thinking about him, and I nearly got him once," Clinton said in the recording, which was reportedly made just 10 hours before the first plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City. "I nearly got him. And I could have gotten, I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children. And then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn't do it."

The recording was released by former Australian politician Michael Kroeger, who said he was at the event.

Clinton has made similar comments before, when he appeared on Fox News Sunday in 2006.

"I tried and I failed to get Bin Laden," Clinton said then. "I regret it, but I did try and I did everything I thought I responsibly could."

It has been known that both presidents Clinton and Bush missed opportunities to kill bin Laden.

You can hear the 2001 Clinton recording here.

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