Gaffney Cites Made-Up Scene In Path To 9/11 As Symbolic of Clinton Admin’s ‘Risk-Averse Attitude’

Today on MSNBC, right-wing commentator Frank Gaffney cited a made-up scene in The Path To 9/11, in which former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger allegedly refuses to give an order to the CIA to take out bin Laden. 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean was forced to acknowledge the scene was fictionalized and the writer of the film, Cyrus Nowrasteh, said it was “improvised.”

Gaffney said, “I don’t know the facts here.” Nonetheless, he continued, “To the extent there is basis for this kind of reporting, I think it suggests a risk-averse attitude that was characteristic of the Clinton administration.” Watch it.


Gaffney’s comments underscore why ABC must correct its false scenes in the movie. If it fails to do so, the scenes will be cited as evidence by Gaffney and others, slowly transforming from myth into reality.

Full transcript:

GAFFNEY: Well, I gather that the documentary will elaborate on this in a pretty compelling way, that the call was being made from the ground where they thought they had bin Laden surrounded, directly into Sandy Burger, then the president’s national security adviser. At which point, Burger refused to give them the go ahead and hung up on them.

HOST: Which he refutes.

GAFFNEY: I don’t know the facts here. But to the extent that there’s basis for this kind of reporting, I think it suggests a risk areverse attitude that was characteristic of the Clinton administration that was justified by a desire not to give offense, not to, you know, cause difficulties in foreign relations of this country.