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** #26: Al Is All Sandy On The Facts **
On page 115 of Lies (page 124 of the paperback), Franken simply lies to his readers. Franken claims that the Clinton administration had a "far-reaching plan" to eliminate al Qaeda and that the Clinton team "decided to turn over the plan to the Bush administration to carry out." Franken implies that Clinton's National Security Advisor Sandy Berger was part of composing this plan and handing it off to the Bush team. Franken is 100% wrong.
On September 19, 2002, Sandy Berger testified in Congress to the Joint House And Senate Select Intelligence Committee. His answer to a question about a "plan" being turned over to the Bush team could not be more clear.
BERGER: [T]here was no war plan that we turned over to the Bush administration during the transition. And the reports of that are just incorrect.
The "reports" to which Berger referred are the same sources that Franken cites in his book. Franken has cited a totally discredited 2002 Time magazine article (read it here).
Read Sandy Berger's testimony here.
Al Franken is debunked.
The credit for this post goes to Rich Lowry, who skewers Franken in this 2004 article. Lowry provides more "Frankenlies" of his own!