Google Groups has provided an invaluable tool for research into human dialogue and behavior. It's preserved an archive of Usenet discussions dating back to the network's earliest years.
One interesting experiment is to go to Google Groups "Advanced Search" and look up names and phrases such as "Osama Bin Laden" or "weapons of mass destruction" for the dates prior to 9/11, and especially before Bush took office. Here, we can see blazing examples of the human political bias in action!
Very interesting. Very ironic. Note how the commentary by critics of the former president very closely matches some of the criticism leveled at the current President and administration.
"It is clear that Clinton needed a diversion from his troubles with the
grand jury and pending impeachment.
It is also clear he needed a punching bag to vent his frustration and
pent up anger.
I and most Americans support the retaliation on Islam terrorist, as
being long over due.
But in committing to an open war with them, Clinton has caused many more
pro terrorist, outside the terrorist organizations, to give their
support and contribute to their cause. "
"We can expect bombs to start falling on Iraq today. The dog is in
position and about to be wagged. To any reasonable, clear thinking
person, this latest "incident" in Iraq is clearly an orchestrated
attempt by Clinton to avoid impeachment.
"Clinton, this clever fellow, knows Americans would never fault him for
bombing evil characters like Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein. He
also knows the Congress will never criticize a military operation
unless its a Democratic congress and a Republican president. Clinton
knows he can rally the people, the very simple minded, stupid people,
if he finds a common enemy for them to hate...."
[someone else replies]:
"How time has changed the landscape of America. In the 60's it was the
left that was against war now it is conservatives that are against this
action in Iraq at this time and it is the left that is calling for more
bombs....my how times have changed... "
"The only way to get at Iraq's weapons programs is to completely disarm
Iraq's military, so that inspectors will have "free reign". The only
way this will happen is for the United States to declare war on Iraq,
but that's not going to happen. Its also not going to even put
together another coalition to do that either.
"So, indeed, it was WAG THE DOG, because Clinton's efforts are and will
continue to be useless against Iraq.
"Continue the impeachment process! "
...But the Laden scare also is being felt domestically, intelligence sources tell TIME they have evidence that bin Laden may be planning his boldest move yet--a strike on Washington or possibly New York City in an eye-for-an-eye retaliation. "We've hit his headquarters, now he hits ours," a State tells TIME.
By Nat Hentoff
The Washington Post
March 6, 1999
Last November more than 400 American historians placed a full-page
ad in the New York Times. Calling themselves Historians in Defense
of the Constitution, they fiercely opposed the impeachment of the
president. Organized by professors Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and the
James Carville of academia, Sean Wilentz, the historians claimed
that if the president were convicted, the presidency would be
"permanently disfigured," thereby "undermining the Constitution."
The new petition declares: "Impeach Bill Clinton for the Right
Reasons: Not for Lewinsky, but Rather for the Illegal Bombing of
Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan." This proposed indictment was first
circulated during the Jan. 7-10 meeting of the American Historical
Association in Washington.
In the Nov. 14 New York Times, reporter James Risen quoted Defense
Secretary William Cohen as saying that the United States had been
"going after" bin Laden and his associates. The lead to Risen's
story declared: "One of the clear but unstated objectives of last
August's raid on Afghanistan was to kill Osama bin Laden and as
many of his associates as possible, Administration officials now
> > bin Laden is the excuse that Clinton is using to take away our freedoms.
> May I dare ask how and which one(s)?
Sure. Osama bin Laden is being held up as a "great satan" to justify
excessive security on airplanes, at Federal buildings, and in embassies
abroad. Just chant the "bin Laden" fear-mantra if you want more funds, more
guns in Federal agent's hands, and more anti-tank barricades around Federal
buildings. Just chant "bin Laden" whenever you want to trample on civil
rights, then it's ok.
Saddam secretly making weapons
By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Iraq is continuing secret work on nuclear, chemical and
biological weapons and missiles that are banned under United
Nations sanctions, according to a White House report sent
recently to Congress.
"We are concerned by activity at Iraqi sites known to be
capable of producing [weapons of mass destruction] and
long-range ballistic missiles, as well as by Iraq's long-established
covert procurement activity that could include dual-use items
with [weapons] applications," the report said.