Being at the head of a country leaves its mark. Between 1993 and 2001, Bill Clinton’s double presidential term was marked by many upheavals on American soil. Armed intervention in Haiti, the first attack on the World Trade Center in New York, terrorist attacks against the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the former president guided the United States through eight years tinged with violence and scandals. Eight years which, even today, continue to haunt him. During an interview with Paris Match magazine, George W. Bush’s predecessor spoke of his time in the White House, at a time of the rise of Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden.
“When I was president, I had nightmares, and it marks a lifetime …”, he confided. “What worried me above all was Al-Qaeda. I remember having warned my successor, George W. Bush, whose campaign I had closely followed in 2000. (…) Just before leaving the Oval Office, I had a conversation with him to tell him that Saddam Hussein was not the number one threat to America, contrary to what he thought. … the main threat is was Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda. The other concern was the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction – nuclear, biological or chemical – from countries like North Korea, India or Pakistan. Even after I left, I was always thinking about those disaster scenarios. “
Joe Biden also marked for life
Unfortunately, the nightmares of the US president turned out to be premonitory. On September 11, 2011, the United States faced the most terrible terrorist attack in its history, on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. We can therefore understand that Bill Clinton remains haunted by his dreams, he who unfortunately could not prevent the worst from happening. And he is not the only American president to remain marked by his time in the White House. On May 1, 2021, on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Operation Neptune’s Spear that led to the death of Osoma Bin Laden, President Joe Biden spoke of his hours spent in the “Situation Room”. “It is a moment that I will never forget,” he wrote at the time.
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