Skip to comments.The Guild 3-17-2004 A Merry St. Patrick's Day to ya!
Posted on 03/17/2004 4:07:21 AM PST by BigWaveBetty
may the splinters never point the wrong way.
Looks like she is making an obscene gesture even the mitten can't conceal.
LOL. I don't think I'd want to be a fly on the wall at the Heinz-Kerry enclave - I bet the air gets mightly blue.
...Clarke was known for pounding the table to urge his counterparts at the CIA, FBI and Pentagon to do more about Al Qaeda. But he did not have much luck, in part because in both the Clinton and early Bush administrations, the top leadership did not back up Clarke and demand results.
A White House official countered that the true fault lay with Clarke for failing to propose an effective plan to go after Al Qaeda. On Jan. 25, this official told NEWSWEEK, Clarke submitted proposals to "roll back" Al Qaeda in Afghanistan by boosting military aid to neighboring Uzbekistan, getting the CIA to arm its Predator spy planes and increasing funding for guerrillas fighting the Taliban. There was no need for a high-level meeting on terrorism until Clarke came up with a better plan, this official told NEWSWEEK. The official quoted President Bush as telling Condi Rice, "I'm tired of swatting flies." Bush, this official says, wanted an aggressive scheme to take bin Laden out.
...In the meeting, says Clarke, Wolfowitz cited the writings of Laurie Mylroie, a controversial academic [Isikoff fails to mention Mylroie served as an adviser on Iraq to the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign.] who had written a book advancing an elaborate conspiracy theory that Saddam was behind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Clarke says he tried to refute Wolfowitz. "We've investigated that five ways to Friday, and nobody [in the government] believes that," Clarke recalls saying. "It was Al Qaeda. It wasn't Saddam." A spokesman for Wolfowitz described Clarke's account as a "fabrication." Wolfowitz always regarded Al Qaeda as "a major threat," said this official. Link
She [Mylroie]thinks that Pollack, like many other former and current State Department employees and intelligence community members, intentionally tried to downplay Iraqis ties too terrorism, positing that "once the danger of Iraqi terrorist activity was admitted, the inescapable implication followed that the Clinton administration, including Pollack himself, had turned a blind eye to a major threat." Link
Clinton had to ignore it, real war is just too risky on one's legacy.
Wessie Clark was asked by Kerry to comment on this 'contraversy' on Fox News! Yikes, could I be getting my wish, a Kerry/Clark ticket?
It's too bad he's so ineffectual (doesn't play well with others) because he had the right idea about bin Laden. That Clarke made it nearly impossible by his behavior to make things happen in a timely fashion was made very evident in Leslie's interview.
Also thought provoking is why this morning Terry Moran on This Week looked so unexcited about this story as he reported it, he never misses an opportunity to enjoy a story he thinks is damaging to the president.
Clarke said many things that make him appear like an angry loon on 60 minutes and Leslie was nauseating as usual. I think CBS has a special distaste for President Bush.
Interesting story I missed on Friday:
Official: Kerry failed to act on pre-9/11 tip
3rd agent to say he warned security lapses made Boston airport ripe for 'jihad' attack
WASHINGTON A third federal aviation-security agent, one still with the government, has stepped forward to say he also warned Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry about security lapses at Boston's Logan International Airport before the 9-11 hijackings there.
Earlier this week, two former FAA agents said the Democratic presidential hopeful failed to take effective action after they gave him a prophetic warning that his home airport was vulnerable to multiple hijackings.
Brian Sullivan, a retired special agent from the Boston area, advised Kerry in a May 7, 2001, letter (page 1, page 2) that Logan was ripe for a "jihad" suicide operation possibly involving "a coordinated attack." He cited serious breaches at Logan security checkpoints exposed by an undercover investigation he and another former agent helped a Boston TV news station conduct.
Sullivan says he had a copy of the undercover videotape hand-delivered to Kerry's office.
It turns out the person who delivered it was a senior FAA agent in Washington who's now with the Transportation Security Administration. The agent, Bogdan Dzakovic, headed covert testing of airport security across the country before TSA took over aviation security from FAA after 9-11.
In an exclusive interview, he says he gave the tape to Jamie Wise, a Kerry staffer at the time.
After the office visit, "I received no feedback from anyone there," Dzakovic told WorldNetDaily.
Kerry boasts in campaign ads he "sounded the alarm on terrorism years before 9-11."
But he waited three months to reply to Sullivan's letter. And his July 24, 2001, letter, a copy of which was obtained by WorldNetDaily, merely offers to pass Sullivan's warning on to the Transportation Department's inspector general even though Sullivan had made it clear in his letter that going to his old agency was a dead end. He and other agents, including Dzakovic, had complained about security lapses for years and got nowhere.
"The DOT OIG has become an ineffective overseer of the FAA," Sullivan told Kerry.
He suggested Kerry show the tape to peers on committees with FAA oversight. He even volunteered to testify before them.
Yet the correspondence stopped there. Kerry never followed up with him.
"He just did the Washington shuffle," said Sullivan, who thinks Kerry had a chance to prevent the Boston hijackings.
Another former agent, Steve Elson, who set up the TV sting at Logan, tried to follow up with Kerry, but was told by Wise he wasn't a constituent. (Elson, formerly of the elite Red Team that did covert testing, was a Houston field agent at the time.)
He came unglued, warning the staffer that if Kerry didn't act soon he'd risk the lives of planeloads of his actual constituents.
"What would the senator say if a large plane filled with holiday travelers took off from Logan at Thanksgiving for somewhere in California and went boom spattering men, women, children and babies all over the landscape at a couple of hundred knots?" demanded Elson, an ex-Navy SEAL.
His warning now looks like prophecy: At least 82 Kerry constituents were murdered aboard American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175.
Elson says he also dealt with Gregg Rothschild, Kerry's legislative director at the time. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.
Dzakovic laments the lack of attention to their warnings.
"We could have fed fish at the aquarium and accomplished just as much," he said.
Sullivan is perhaps the most frustrated. His two-page warning to Kerry four months before the Logan hijackings was eerily prescient.
"With the concept of jihad, do you think it would be difficult for a determined terrorist to get on a plane and destroy himself and all other passengers?" he wrote. "Think what the result would be of a coordinated attack which took down several domestic flights on the same day. With our current screening, this is more than possible. It is almost likely."
The toll from such an attack would be economic, as well as human, he predicted with chilling accuracy.
And the Logan security failures he highlighted in the letter included breaches at the very checkpoints the hijackers would later exploit.
The undercover investigation by Fox affiliate WFXT in Boston showed crews penetrating security checkpoints at Logan with knives and other weapons in nine of 10 tries.
Elson says the crew, led by reporter Deborah Sherman, walked through with Leatherman tools concealed in fanny packs. The Leatherman is a fancy utility knife. The 9-11 hijackers used utility knives. Sherman says she also had no luck getting Kerry to act on the video he apparently saw.
"It was always being 'reviewed' every time I called," she said. "There was no comment or action taken on the senator's part other than passing the tape along to someone else."
Sullivan a registered independent who's also critical of Bush's handling of aviation security, both before and since 9-11 thinks Kerry could have saved the Twin Towers, which were toppled by the Boston jetliners, and thousands of lives.
"John Kerry should have and could have prevented 9-11," he said.
How? "He could have taken direct action to address the concerns we had identified by visiting Logan and the MassPort authorities at Logan or the Massachusetts State Police," he said.
If that didn't work to bring about corrective action, he could have applied political pressure by having Sullivan and other agents testify before Congress, he says.
"Enhanced security would have prevented the hijackings, virtually without question," Elson agreed. If nothing else, it might have discouraged ringleader Mohamed Atta, who monitored security procedures at Logan weeks before the hijackings.
Phone calls to Kerry's campaign were not returned.
Right after 9-11, he told the Boston Globe that he'd triggered an undercover probe of Logan security by the General Accounting Office in June 2001, based on the TV report.
Only, he wrote Sullivan no such thing in his July letter, stating only that he passed his warning and the tape on to Transportation, not GAO.
And GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, did not test security at Logan. (Kerry confessed he didn't know the outcome of the probe he says he initiated.)
GAO spokesman Jeff Nelligan says there is no evidence Kerry requested anything specific with regard to Logan, although he says GAO had communications with "a number of interested members and staff, including Sen. John Kerry's office" about airport screener testing work in 2001.
He would not elaborate.
Sullivan and Elson, joined by aviation-security experts David Forbes and Andrew Thomas, want to see Kerry called before the 9-11 Commission, as well as President Bush, to answer questions about what he knew about Logan's lapses, and specifically what he did about them, before that fateful day. They also recommend GAO and Transportation officials testify to sort out discrepancies in Kerry's story.
Calls to the panel were not immediately returned.
"We don't have to wait for a tragedy to occur to act," Sullivan urged Kerry in his letter. Link
Thanks for nothing again Mr. Kerry.
Democratic Presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry 's Ketchum, Idaho vacation home on the Wood River is seen in this March 17, 2004 photo. Kerry is vacationing at his Ketchum home through Wednesday, March 24. He plans to return to the campaign trail Thursday with a Democratic fund-raiser in Washington.(AP Photo/Troy Maben)
These pictures are just too funny!
Beginning to think Teresa is never happy.
Maybe Teresa is unhappy because she read this this thread...Andrea Mitchell: Hillary Wants VP Slot
We hear ... THAT the Secret Service is selecting agents who know how to windsurf for Sen. John Kerry's detail. The candidate and his wife Teresa Heinz are rumored to be going somewhere warm where Kerry can frolic on his sailboard after a visit to their Idaho spread.
So are these guys going to be packing their .45s over their wetsuits? Will the ocean surf mess up their little earpiece thingeys? Will John Kerry look even dorkier and more out of touch than he does on a snowboard? Enquiring minds want to know.
Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) gives his wife, Teresa, a playful push as they leave Our Lady of the Snows Church in Ketchum, Idaho.
Just a fun-loving couple of kids, those two, but I'm confused. Shouldn't he have been at temple?
What kind of holster looks good with a wetsuit? Seriously, if they're carrying Glocks they can be taken in the water. The earpiece thingy will be a little more tricky. :)
Glad to see that Zsa-Zsa & Thursten Howell won't need to alter their active lifestyle.
I certainly hope so.
From a sailing mecca to a ski resort, presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, enjoy the trappings of their wealth in at least five homes and vacation getaways across the country valued at nearly $33 million.
The American Spectator Prowler has a good column for 3/23/04 LINK
So much for Kerry Catholicism. On Sunday, John Kerry showed up for the 10:30 Mass at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church at 10:41 a.m. (The church had roped off two pews for the VIP.) Adding further insult, Kerry arrived noisily, fully outfitted for skiing, not dressed for a religious service. Compounding the insult -- this time to all Catholics in good standings -- Kerry received the sacrament of Holy Eucharist, even though he's not considered to be a Catholic in good standing."
"It was just a media-op," says a Kerry advance staffer. "We set it up with some reporters that we knew were going to be there."
Kerry, who claims to be a practicing Roman Catholic (though lately he's been playing up his partial Jewishness), has consistently voted in support of abortion as both a state politician in Massachusetts and in his time in Washington. He has also spoken in support of euthanasia. He has stated that he disagrees with the Catholic position in both areas.
Under church law, Kerry's very public support of abortion disqualifies him from the sacraments. He is not known to be a regular Mass attendee. In fact, some Roman Catholics in Boston have in the past pressed for the bishops there to excommunicate Kerry for his refusal to accept Catholic doctrine and canon law.
Sen. Tom Daschle is finding himself in a similar position in South Dakota, where the bishop there has been rumored for months to be mulling excommunicating Daschle for his liberal positions on abortion.