"Climate change is more remote than terror but a more profound threat to the future of the children and the grandchildren and the great-grandchildren I hope all of you have....It's the only thing we face today that has the power to remove the preconditions of civilized society." Clinton told the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin's Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
This type of thinking corresponds as well to that of his former Vice President, Al "Chicken Little" Gore, who wrote in his book Earth In The Balance.
“Consider that the United States spends tens of billions of dollars on frenzied
programs to upgrade and improve the technology of bombers and fighter planes to
counter an increasingly remote threat to our national security (emphasis mine)....We now know that the cumulative impact on the global environment is posing a mortal threat to the security of every nation that is more deadly than that of any military enemy we are ever again likely to confront (emphasis mine).”
No wonder the fight against global terrorism took such low priority under the Clinton Administration. Consider also what Bill said last month when he was honored with the Fulbright Award, named after his mentor, segregationist William Fulbright.
``I always thought of Senator Fulbright and the terrible quagmire in Vietnam and
how many times we sent more soldiers and found ourselves in a hole and kept
digging because we didn't want to look like we were weak. So anytime somebody
said in my presidency, 'If you don't do this people will think you're weak,' I always asked the same question for eight years: 'Can we kill 'em tomorrow (emphasis mine)?' If we can kill 'em tomorrow, then we're not weak, and we might be wise enough to try to find an alternative way."
Maybe if Bill Clinton hadn't had such a "mañana" attitude and took the threat of terrorism more seriously, 3,000 people would still be alive and the World Trade Center would still be standing.