Wednesday, March 24, 2004
On Richard Clarke:
Richard Clarke is a very angry and bitter man. He has worked in and around the White House during the past two administrations as a expert in counter terrorism. I have no reason to doubt his credentials as an expert in the field. That being said, I have serious doubts as to the veracity of his allegations against the W Administration and the overall war on terrorism.
The media will trumpet his counter terrorism credentials all day long and into the night. They will tell you how this exposes W and his inner circle as obsessed with Iraq as opposed to terrorism. They will use this as proof that America needs Lurch in the White House to save us from all that is W.
What they will not tell you is the reason behind the anger and bitterness that engulfs Clarke. He thought he should’ve been in line for a higher post at the White House. Condi Rice thought otherwise. He was passed over for the job he wanted and demoted to a post having something to do with cyber-security. Instead of staying at that post, he resigned by sending a praising letter to W – praising him specifically for his leadership in the global war on terror.
I don’t have time to watch this guy’s testimony on CSPAN – I wish I did, but I really need to get back to work.
What I will do is give you a quick recap of the difference between the Clinton and Bush approaches to terrorism.
1993 – WTC Bombing. US response? None.
1996 – Khobar Towers Bombing – US Response? None
1998 – East African Embassy Bombings – US Response? None
2000 – Attack on the USS Cole – US response? None.
Those, my friends are just the highlights. We knew who did it, we had a pretty good idea of where they were. What we did not do was retaliate. The enemy thus became emboldened and took it upon themselves to attack us literally where we live.
Contrast that with the US stance post September 11, 2001. They hit us, we hit back – with the lethal use of overwhelming military force. The result? You’ll notice Binny Laden and his boys have been pretty quiet with respect to the US. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
Here endeth the lesson.