However, what Senator Dan Coats said yesterday was so outrageous and objectionable that he should be run out of the country altogether. Dan Coats should be delivered over to a tribal jirgah council convened by Osama bin Laden.
UPDATE: Thanks to Sam Sloan's home page, that monstrous criminal, Senator Dan Coats, has not been re-elected. Coats has been a strong ally of Saddam Hussein. His Republican seat has now fallen to the Democrats.
Here is what the New York Post for August 21, 1998, says:
Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) said he fears the attack was "made because it was necessary to save the president's job and distract attention away" from Sexgate.
Coats wondered aloud how, over the past, Sexgate-dominated week, Clinton had time to adequately consult with advisers, adding that he feels Clinton must resign because the nation can't trust his word on anything.
"The timing of this is so extraordinary [right after Clinton admitted lying] that it is legitimate to raise the questions," Coats said.
The New York Times has a different quote from Dan Coats. According to the Times, what Senator Dan Coats said was:
"The danger here is that once a president loses credibility with the Congress, as this president has through months of lies and deceit and manipulations and deceptions, stonewalling, it raises into doubt everything he does and everything he says, and maybe even everything he doesn't do and doesn't say," said Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., who less than 72 hours earlier had called for Clinton's resignation over the Monica Lewinsky issue.
Coats added, "I just hope and pray the decision that was made was made on the basis of sound judgment and made for the right reasons, and not made because it was necessary to save the president's job."
Although these quotes are similar, there are significant differences. The main point is that Dan Coats had the audacity to suggest that the cruise missile attack on a chemical weapons plant in Sudan and a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan was a ploy by the President to divert attention from the Monica Lewinsky scandal. This is nothing less than a denigration of the memories of the 12 Americans and 251 Africans who died last week in simultaneous attacks in Kenya and Tanzania, not to mention the 5,000 who were injured in these attacks.
Rupert Murdoch, publisher of the New York Post, has been fabricating quotes and falsifying news to make Clinton look even worse than he is.
In fairness, it must be added that most Republicans disavowed the remarks of Dan Coats and supported the president. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., urged Clinton on:
"This administration for the last seven months has neglected compelling national security threats besides this -- Saddam Hussein's ejection of our inspectors, North Korea building nuclear weapons again in violation of an agreement, Middle East peace process stalled, thousands of people being ethnically cleaned in Kosovo," McCain said. "I hope that the president will not confine his activities to just this, but to address the other very compelling problems that also affect our nation's security problems long-term."
Meanwhile, our old friend, Albania, reports that it thwarted a similar bomb attack on the US Embassy there.
However, he went on to say that Clinton's behavior had made skepticism about motives and timing of the missile strikes inevitable.
"It is the president's private scandal that is leading to the public's skepticism," he said.
While Coats softened his line slightly, it is clear that he still links the missile attacks to the Monica Lewinsky affair.
Dan Coats still needs to disappear from the scene rather quickly. His remarks are being used in anti-American speeches made in Pakistan and, no doubt, elsewhere.
Dan Coats is also known for His campaign for "decency" on the Internet (meaning that Dan will get to decide what you are allowed to read.)
(Actually, Senator Dan Coats is too stupid to have an e-mail address. However, this is what his address would be, if he had one.)