I believe everything except for the part of not wanting to throw the middle easterners under the bus. Clinton had every reason at the time to use them for Gulf War 2.0There were cabinets full of Federal LE records after over a decade of referrals on criminal activity by Governor Clinton and his wife, which were alleged to have been stored in their Federal District’s main hub, which happened to be OKC. They ceased live-saving/search and rescue operations to retrieve these types of contents, as well as explosive devices the ATF office would have had in the wake of the bombing. Multiple OKC LEOs have born witness of this.
Since Clinton was under investigation by the Whitewater Counsel at the time (Kenneth Starr), and there were multiple other investigations and lawsuits such as Paula Jones sexual harassment, Vince Foster murder (a young staffer on Fiske’s and Starr’s counsel named Brett Kavanaugh pushed to keep it open based on the Vince Foster case), White House Travel Office firings, Waco siege, Hillary’s Cattle Futures, Arkansas State Development Finance Authority money-laundering, large-scale narcotics trafficking, Arkansas State Medical Examiner (Egyptian doctor who helped get Clinton’s mom out of medical misconduct charges), there was a Presidential crisis brewing that would have made Watergate look like a pool party.
Instead of directing any energy towards middle easterners (the hostile governments all being ones who paid the Clinton’s to sell NSA bank surveillance data to them over the years), it made far more sense for Clinton to warp the narrative and target his political opponents.
Remember that this was years prior to the public revelation about the Monica Lewinsky distraction story. That was July 27, 1998. Clinton admitted under oath that he did have a relationship with her in August, 1998.
By blaming Republicans and Rush Limbaugh for OKC, saying that "right wingers” radicalized guys like McVeigh, he then pivoted and with the media’s full assistance, became....the healer-in-chief. “I feehl your paiuhn."