Thursday, March 25, 2004The White House can't even keep their story straight when they're trying to discredit Richard Clarke. That's not the kind of performance I'd expect out of an administration that's trying to use their ability to address terrorism as a strength. Who voted for these people?
Dick Clarke Is Telling the Truth - Why he's right about Bush's negligence on terrorism. By Fred�Kaplan: "To an unusual degree, the Bush people can't get their story straight. On the one hand, Condi Rice has said that Bush did almost everything that Clarke recommended he do. On the other hand, Vice President Dick Cheney, appearing on Rush Limbaugh's show, acted as if Clarke were a lowly, eccentric clerk: 'He wasn't in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff.' This is laughably absurd. Clarke wasn't just in the loop, he was the loop.
Cheney's elaboration of his dismissal is blatantly misleading. 'He was moved out of the counterterrorism business over to the cybersecurity side of things ... attacks on computer systems and, you know, sophisticated information technology,' Cheney scoffed. Limbaugh replied, 'Well, now, that explains a lot, that answer right there.'
It explains nothing. First, he wasn't 'moved out'; he transferred, at his own request, out of frustration with being cut out of the action on broad terrorism policy, to a new NSC office dealing with cyberterrorism. Second, he did so after 9/11. (He left government altogether in February 2003.)"
Richard Clarke KOs the Bushies - The ex-terrorism official dazzles at the 9/11 commission hearings. By Fred�Kaplan
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