NY Daily News

Just hours before the 9/11 terror attacks, Bill Clinton told a group of Australian businessmen that he passed on a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden, according to a revelation by an Australian media outlet.

Only 10 hours before the first plane struck the World Trade Center, Clinton explained at a conference in Melbourne that when he was President, he let the chance to kill Bin Laden pass because the operation would have also killed hundreds of innocent civilians in Afghanistan,according to a Sky News Australia report.

“I’m just saying, you know, if I were Osama Bin Laden — he’s a very smart guy, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about him — and I nearly got him once,” Clinton says on the recording of his speech. “I nearly got him. And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him.”

“And so I didn’t do it,” the former commander-in-chief adds.

Michael Scheuer, who headed the CIA’s Usama Bin Laden unit, said Bill Clinton is a liar.

Scheuer explained that the situation, in Dec. 1998, did not unfold the way Clinton claimed, calling the former president a “liar.”

Scheuer recalls that bin Laden had gone from his home in southern Kandahar to Kandahar city to meet with Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders. He said bin Laden stayed too late and ended up staying the night in a wing of the governor’s palace.

“We had an asset that put him in that room, escorted him there and reported to us where he was. The attack would have occurred in the middle of the night and it would have killed no one but Taliban people and Usama bin Laden and his crew,” said Scheuer.

He recalled that on that day in 1998, he was at the White House while then-CIA Director George Tenet met with Clinton about a potential strike against bin Laden.

“When Tenet came out, he didn’t say a word. But when we got back in the car, he told us that they had decided not to shoot because they were afraid some of the shrapnel from the cruise missiles would have hit a mosque that was nearby and that the Muslim world would rise up and attack Americans,” he said.