1998: Clinton bombs "weapons factory" in Sudan. Factory
turns out to be making aspirin.
On August 20, 1998, President Clinton ordered the bombing of a
factory in Khartoum,
Sudan. The factory, the United States alleged, was making chemical
weapons. Even more evil: it was linked to Osama
Of course, then the story
unravelled. The factory was making aspirin, not weapons. And
the US government quickly abandoned their claims that this dangerous
aspirin-making was economically connected to Osama bin Laden. America,
however, was undeterred. Coincidentally, the bombs fell just as
Monica Lewinsky came before Ken Starr’s grand jury.
The Sudanese government reported that a month after the attack
they received a message from the US promising more
attacks in the future. It hasn’t happened yet, but when
it does, let’s hope the bombs fall on a hospital producing
WMD or a residential neighborhood linked to al Qaeda.
Sudan tried to get the UN to probe
the bombing, but, of course, that didn’t really pan out.