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Drudge Report: FORMER WHITE HOUSE TERROR ADVISER ...SAYS PRESIDENT ISNíT DOING GOOD JOB...
The Drudge Report ^ | March 20, 2004 | Drudge Report

Posted on 03/20/2004 5:23:19 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds


FORMER WHITE HOUSE TERROR ADVISER SET TO BREAK SILENCE ON '60 MINS'; SAYS PRESIDENT ISN’T DOING VERY GOOD JOB FIGHTING TERRORISM
Fri Mar 19 2004 17:49:30 ET
**Updated** Sat Mar 20 2004 09:52:43 ET

President Bush’s former top terrorism advisor says the president isn’t doing the best job fighting terrorism. The former advisor, Richard Clarke, discusses this and other observations he made while he was a White House insider in an interview with Lesley Stahl to be broadcast on 60 MINUTES Sunday March 21 (7:00-8:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.



“Frankly, I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he’s done such great things about terrorism,” says Clarke in tomorrow night’s interview. “He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We’ll never know,” he tells Stahl.



Clarke tells Stahl that on September 11, 2001 and the day after - when it was clear Al Qaeda had carried out the terrorist attacks - the Bush administration was considering bombing Iraq in retaliation.

Clarke was surprised that the attention of administration officials was turning toward Iraq when he expected the focus to be on Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. "They were talking about Iraq on 9/11. They were talking about it on 9/12," says Clarke.

The top counter-terrorism advisor, Clarke was briefing the highest government officials, including President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, in the aftermath of 9/11. "Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq....We all said, 'but no, no. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan," recounts Clarke, "and Rumsfeld said, 'There aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.' I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with [the 9/11 attacks],'" he tells Stahl.

Clarke goes on to explain what he believes was the reason for the focus on Iraq. "I think they wanted to believe that there was a connection [between Iraq and Al Qaeda] but the CIA was sitting there, the FBI was sitting there, I was sitting there, saying, 'We've looked at this issue for years. For years we've looked and there's just no connection,'" says Clarke.

Clarke, who advised four presidents, reveals more about the current administration's reaction to terrorism in his new book, "Against All Enemies."

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Had to shorten the Title to fit...

What I want to know is: where was 60 Minutes when Clinton was "blowing off" the war on terror? Where was 60 Minutes when Clinton was keeping foreign leaders waiting while he was in the Oval ... well, you know.

And will 60 Minutes question this guy's motivations? I don't think so.

1 posted on 03/20/2004 5:23:20 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
"Former" is all you need to know. They always have an axe to grind.
2 posted on 03/20/2004 5:26:04 PM PST by secret garden (Go Predators! Go Spurs!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
If this guy was any good at his job, 9/11 would not have happened.


3 posted on 03/20/2004 5:26:23 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
And a book deal? The pieces are falling smoothly into place now, aren't they?
4 posted on 03/20/2004 5:27:13 PM PST by secret garden (Go Predators! Go Spurs!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Another Bush basher gets his 15 minutes of fame. YAWN
5 posted on 03/20/2004 5:28:48 PM PST by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
The "top counter terrorism advisor" failed this country by allowing 911. President Bush should've cleaned house of all the clingons.
6 posted on 03/20/2004 5:29:34 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
pssssst....Leslie....aks Richard if he thinks we should return Saddam to power.....
7 posted on 03/20/2004 5:29:56 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: secret garden
Iraqi 55 Most Wanted List
1. Saddam Husayn GEN President / Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) Chairman Captured December 13th
2. Qusay Saddam Husayn al-Tikriti Chief, Special Security Organization/special Republican Guard (SSO/SRG); Commander, Central Region Commander Killed July 22nd
3. Uday Saddam Husayn al-Tikriti Member Of The National Assembly, Olympic Committee Killed July 22nd
4. Abid Hamid Mahmud al-Tikriti GEN Saddam’s Personal Secretary, National Security Advisor And Senior Bodyguard/inner Circle Taken into custody June 16th
5. Ali Hasan al-Majid GEN Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) / Commander, Ba'ath Party Regional Command / Inner Circle/ Presidential Advisor/ Head Of Central Workers Bureau Taken into custody August 21st
6. Izzat Ibrahim al-Duri LTG Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) Vice-Chairman / Northern Region Commander / Inner Circle/ Deputy Secretary General, Ba’th Party Regional Command / Deputy Commander, Armed Forces
7. Hani abd al-Latif al-Tilfah al-Tikriti COL Director, Special Security Organization (SSO) And Responsible For Security And Investigations (MUDIRIYAH NUMBER TWO); Assistant To Qusay; Saddam's Nephew
8. Aziz Salih al-Numan Regional Command Chairman For Ba’ath Party Baghdad Taken into custody May 22nd
9. Muhammad Hamza al-Zubaydi Former Secretary Of Ba'ath Party Northern Bureau, Former Deputy Prime Minister, Former Member Of The Ba'ath Regional Command Taken into custody April 20th
10. Kamal Mustafa abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti GEN Secretary, Republican Guard/special Republican Guard (RG/SRG); Inner Circle Taken into custody May 17th
11. Barzan abd al-Ghafur Sulayman Majid al-Tikriti Bg Commander, Special Republican Guard (SRG) Taken into custody July 23rd
12. Muzahim Sab Hasan al-Tikriti LTG Commander, Iraqi Air Defense Forces / Deputy Director Organization Of Military Industrialization (OMI) Taken into custody April 23rd
13. Ibrahim Ahmad abd al-Sattar Muhammad al-Tikriti GEN Chief Of Staff Of Iraqi Armed Forces General Staff & Army Taken into custody May 15th
14. Sayf al-Din Fulayyih Hasan Taha al-Rawi LTG Iraqi Republican Guard (RG) Chief Of
15. Rafi abd al-Latif Tilfah al-Tikriti MG Director, Directorate Of General Security (DGS)
16. Tahir Jalil Habbush al-Tikriti LTG Director, Iraqi Intelligence Service (IIS)
17. Hamid Raja Shalah al-Tikriti LTG Commander, Iraqi Air Force Taken into custody June 14th
18. Latif Nusayyif al-Jasim al-Dulaymi Former Member Of Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) / Central Ba'ath Party Member / Deputy Secretary Of The Ba'ath Military Bureau/inner Circle Taken into custody June 9th
19. abd al-Tawab abdullah Mullah al-Huwaysh GEN Director, Organization Of Military Industrialization (MIC/OMI); Deputy Prime Minister Of Iraq Taken into custody May 2nd
20. Taha Yasin Ramadan al-Jizrawi Iraqi Vice President Taken into custody August 20th
21. Rukan Razuki abd al-Ghafar Sulayman al-Nasiri Bg Saddam’s Senior Bodyguard/head-Tribal Affairs/inner Circle
22. Jamal Mustafa abdallah Sultan al-Tikriti Saddam’s Personal Security/ Deputy Chief-Tribal Affairs/inner Circle/ Presidential Diwan/saddam Husayn’s Son-in-Law Taken into custody April 20th, turned over the Coalition April 21st
23. Mizban Khudr al-Hadi Member Of Revlutionary Command Council (RCC)/central Euphrates Region Commander/ Ba'ath Party Regional Command Member/secretary Of Central Peasants Bureau Taken into custody on July 9th
24. Taha Muhyi al-Din Maruf Vice President, Member Of Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) Taken into custody May 2nd
25. Tariq Aziz Deputy Prime Minister / Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) Taken into custody April 25th
26. Walid Hamid Tawfiq al-Tikriti GEN Governor Of al-Basrah, Former Special Security Organization (SSO) Chief Surrendered April 29th
27. Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Jabburi al-Tai GEN Iraqi Minister Of Defense; Inner Circle Taken into custody September 19th
28. Hikmat Mizban Ibrahim al-Azzawi Deputy Prime Minister / Minister Of Finance Taken into custody April 18th
29 . Mahmud Dhiyab al-Ahmad Iraqi Minister Of Interior Surrendered on August 8th
30. Ayad Futayyih Khalifa al-Rawi Quds Force Chief Of Staff Taken into custody June 4th
31. Zuhayr Talib abd al-Sattar al-Naqib LTG Director, Directorate Of Military Intelligence (DMI) Taken into custody April 23rd
32. Amir Hamudi Hasan al-Sadi LTG Presidential Advisor, Scientific And Technical Affairs Surrendered April 12th
33. Amir Muhammad Rashid al-Tikriti al-Ubaydi LTG Presidential Advisor Taken into custody April 28th
34. Hussam Muhammad Amin al-Yasin LTG Head, National Monitoring Directorate (NMD) (SINCE AT LEAST 1992); Former Minister Of Interior Taken into custody April 27th
35. Muhammed Mahdi al-Salih Iraqi Minister Of Trade Taken into custody April 23rd
36. Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hasan al-Tikriti Presidential Advisor; Half Brother Of Saddam Husayn
37. Watban Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti Presidential Advisor; Half Brother Of Saddam Husayn Taken into custody April 13th
38. Barzan Ibrahim Hasan al-Tikriti Presidential Advisor; Half Brother Of Saddam Husayn Taken into custody April 16th
39. Huda Salih Mehdi Ammash Central Ba'ath Party Regional Command Member, Head Of Professional Bureau And Student Youth Bureaus (MAJOR PLAYER IN BIOTECH/GENETIC PROGRAMS) Taken into custody May 9th
40. abd al-Baqi abd al-Karim al-Abdallah al-Sadun Central Ba'ath Party Regional Command Chairman, Diyala Region
41. Muhammad Zimam abd al-Razzaq al-Sadun Central Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman, Ninawah And Ta'mim Governorates Taken into custody Feb 16th 2004
42. Samir abd al-Aziz al-Najim Central Ba'ath Party Chairman, Baghdad al-Resafa District Taken into custody April 17th
43. Humam abd al-Khaliq abd al-Ghafur Minister Of Higher Education And Scientific Research Taken into custody April 19th
44. Yahya abdallah al-Ubaydi Central Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman, Basrah Governorate
45. Nayif Shindakh Thamir Ghalib Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman An-Najaf Governorate
46. Sayf al-Din al-Mashhadani Central Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman, al-Muthanna Governorate Taken into custody May 24th
47. Fadil Mahmud Gharib Central Ba'ath Party Chairman, Babil Governorates Taken into custody May 15th
48. Muhsin Khadr al-Khafaji Ba'ath Party Chairman, al-qadisiyah Governorate Taken into custody Feb 7th 2004
49. Rashid Taan Kazim Central Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman, Anbar Governorate
50. Uglah Abid Saqir al-Kubaysi Central Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman, Maysan Governorate Taken into custody May20th
51. Ghazi Hammud al-Ubaydi Central Ba'ath Party Regional Command Chairman, Wasit Governorate Taken into custody May 7th
52. Adil abdallah Mahdi al-Duri al-Tikriti Ba'ath Party Regional Chairman, Dhi Qar Governorate Taken into custody May 15th
53. Husayn al-Awadi Bg Ba'ath Party Regional Command Chairman, Ninawa Governorate; Bg In Chemical Corps Taken into custody June 9th
54. Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad Ba'th Party Regional Chairman For Karbala Governorate Taken into custody January 11th 2004
55. Sad abd al-Majid al-Faysal Ba'th Party Regional Chairman For Salah al-Din Governorate Taken into custody May 24th


=========== Documents linking Atta, Saddam, Nidal, bin Ladin ===========

Handwritten letter dated Feb. 19, 1998 linking bin Laden and Saddam Hussein
discussing arrival of a secret envoy sent by bin Laden to Iraq.
The signature beneath the letter is a codename, "MDA" - the Mukhabarat.


========= Chemical Warhead found in Kirkuk =============

Chemical warhead found at an Iraqi air base, marked with a green band,
the symbol for chemical weaponry
. Trace amounts of a nerve agent were found
at two spots along the ~meter-long warhead. These amounts are consistent with
leakage from the chemically armed weapon. A 13-foot missile was found next to it.


========= Halabja =========

Dead children, previously playing in Halabja
Victims of Saddams' WMD in March 1988.


=========== French missiles FIRST given to Iraq to be USED Against US and Coalition Heroes =========

French missiles found by the Poles, and to protect France, blown up.

Froggies said they did not say "2003". LOL. Decide for yourself.


Iraqi missiles given to, and now located in, Syria:


========= RUSSIAN MISSILES AND DIRTY BOMBS FOUND IN IRAQ =========

Russian-made R-60, NATO AA-8 Aphid, air-to-air missiles were found..
The Russian-made missiles are >6 feet long. Each carries 3.5 pounds of uranium.
wrapped around a high explosive warhead (13.2-pound) making a "dirty bomb".


Also found in Iraq:

* A clandestine network of laboratories and safehouses within the Iraqi Intelligence Service
that contained equipment subject to UN monitoring and suitable for continuing CBW research.

* A prison laboratory complex, possibly used in human testing of BW agents, that Iraqi officials
working to prepare for UN inspections were explicitly ordered not to declare to the UN.

* Reference strains of biological organisms concealed in a scientist's home,
one of which can be used to produce biological weapons.

* New research on BW-applicable agents, Brucella and Congo Crimean Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF),
and continuing work on ricin and aflatoxin were not declared to the UN.

* Documents and equipment, hidden in scientists' homes, that would have been useful in
resuming uranium enrichment by centrifuge and electromagnetic isotope separation (EMIS).

* A line of UAVs not fully declared at an undeclared production facility and an admission
that they had tested one of their declared UAVs out to a range of 500 km, 350 km beyond the permissible limit.

* Continuing covert capability to manufacture fuel propellant useful only for prohibited SCUD variant missiles,
a capability that was maintained at least until the end of 2001 and that cooperating Iraqi scientists
have said they were told to conceal from the UN.

* Plans and advanced design work for new long-range missiles with ranges up to at least 1000 km -
well beyond the 150 km range limit imposed by the UN. Missiles of a 1000 km range would have allowed
Iraq to threaten targets through out the Middle East, including Ankara, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi.

* Clandestine attempts between late-1999 and 2002 to obtain from North Korea technology
related to 1,300 km range ballistic missiles --probably the No Dong -- 300 km range anti-ship cruise missiles,
and other prohibited military equipment.


Still missing based on the UNSCOM report to the UN Security Council in January 1999,
when the UN inspectors left Iraq in 1998, they had been unable to account for:

• up to 360 tons of bulk chemical warfare agents, including 1.5 tons of VX nerve agent;

• up to 3,000 tons of precursor chemicals, including approximately 300 tons which,
in the Iraqi chemical warfare program, were unique to the production of VX;

• growth media procured for biological agent production (enough to produce
over three times the 8,500 litres of anthrax spores Iraq admitted to UN inspectors to having manufactured);

• over 30,000 special munitions for delivery of chemical and biological agents;

• 20 al-Hussein missles with a range of 650 km, in violation
of UN Security Council Resolution 687 (Iraq had told UNSCOM that it filled these warheads with anthrax and botulinum);

• 2,850 tons of mustard gas, 210 tons of tabun, and 795 tons of sarin and cyclosarin;

• development of the Al-Samoud short-range missle (which had the capability to fly beyond the 150 km allowed by UN resolutions)

8 posted on 03/20/2004 5:30:15 PM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I don't understand this. I remember Cheney on MTP right after 9-11 saying that there was no indication Iraq had a hand in the attacks. It was always about Afghanistan until we heard the "Axis of Evil" speech. Maybe my memory needs freshening.
9 posted on 03/20/2004 5:30:44 PM PST by tirednvirginia ((But things are looking up!))
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
His primary motivation for this interview and criticism would be his upcoming book release

Below the surface, it should become obvious that this man is deeply troubled by his personal failure to properly advise President Bush and his predicesors. As a terrorism expert, he has only proven himself to be a monday morning quarterback who failed to recognize, or convey effectively, the the true threat that Osama presented.

10 posted on 03/20/2004 5:34:10 PM PST by kaboom
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
We all better prepare for a few very ugly weeks as the media RAT lapdogs assail President Bush. Then it will be our turn. Our President needs our support now as all the clintonites try to pin 9/11 on him while giving the clinton team a complete pass. The 9/11 commission is a total disgrace...even the Republican chairman, Kean, is a past friend of bill. On top of that, Chris Wallace has McCain (Bush-hater) and Joe Lieberman (Bush-hater) as his guests tomorrow morning. Ain't life grand?
11 posted on 03/20/2004 5:36:53 PM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: monkeywrench
Dubya demoted him, thats what this is all about.

8 years of Clinton, 200 days of Bush, and it is Bush's failure to act. These people are freaking lunatics.

12 posted on 03/20/2004 5:37:25 PM PST by jwalsh07 (We're bringing it on John but you can't handle the truth!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Exactly! Is she going to mention that after all of the Terrorist attacks during the Clinton Administration, Clinton blew-off getting Osama bin laden (while being "serviced" by an intern). How many times did Sudan try to hand Osama over? What about the Lisa Myers CIA tape from a Predator that showed Osama in a terrorist camp? Clinton did nothing but it's Bush's fault? I don't get the logic here. Do you think viewers of the mainstream media will really buy this? (don't answer)
13 posted on 03/20/2004 5:38:54 PM PST by pieces of time
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Viacom = Publisher of Clarke's hit piece

Viacom = CBS

End of story

Outrageous, and CBS should get hit hard for this trash.

14 posted on 03/20/2004 5:39:17 PM PST by Prospero (Ad Astra!)
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To: Just mythoughts
"If this guy was any good at his job, 9/11 would not have happened. "

Yeah, I agree with this post right here. This 'terrorism expert' advised FOUR presidents. And what exactly did he advise them? Is he the one who advised to treat terrorism as a criminal act?

Trump Says -- YOUR FIRED
15 posted on 03/20/2004 5:39:40 PM PST by Samurai_Jack (Pacifism by its nature invites escalating acts of war on anyone who practices it.)
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To: Wait4Truth
Get ready to write the media, Cable news shows, talk radio (not just conservative), letters to the editor, and Congress to refute the propaganda.
16 posted on 03/20/2004 5:43:51 PM PST by pieces of time
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
"But frankly I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism. He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something."

Oct. 12, 2000 - A terrorist bomb damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39. Aug. 7, 1998 - Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded, including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is wounded among the 10 killed and 77 injured. In June 21, 1998 - Rocket-propelled grenades explode near the U.S. embassy in Beirut. July 27, 1996 - A pipe bomb explodes during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and wounding 111. June 25, 1996 - A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans. Nov. 13, 1995 - A car-bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills seven people, five of them American military and civilian advisers for National Guard training. The "Tigers of the Gulf," "Islamist Movement for Change," and "Fighting Advocates of God" claim responsibility. April 19, 1995 - A car bomb destroys the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and wounding over 600. February 1993 - A bomb in a van explodes in the underground parking garage in New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and wounding 1,042.

Yup. President Bush should've done something about terrorism when Bill Clinton was President. Is that about what you are saying, Dick?

17 posted on 03/20/2004 5:45:44 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
"But frankly I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism. He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something."

Oct. 12, 2000 - A terrorist bomb damages the destroyer USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39.

Aug. 7, 1998 - Terrorist bombs destroy the U.S. embassies in Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In Nairobi, 12 Americans are among the 291 killed, and over 5,000 are wounded, including 6 Americans. In Dar es Salaam, one U.S. citizen is wounded among the 10 killed and 77 injured.

In June 21, 1998 - Rocket-propelled grenades explode near the U.S. embassy in Beirut.

July 27, 1996 - A pipe bomb explodes during the Olympic games in Atlanta, killing one person and wounding 111.

June 25, 1996 - A bomb aboard a fuel truck explodes outside a U.S. air force installation in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. 19 U.S. military personnel are killed in the Khubar Towers housing facility, and 515 are wounded, including 240 Americans.

Nov. 13, 1995 - A car-bomb in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia kills seven people, five of them American military and civilian advisers for National Guard training. The "Tigers of the Gulf," "Islamist Movement for Change," and "Fighting Advocates of God" claim responsibility.

April 19, 1995 - A car bomb destroys the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and wounding over 600.

February 1993 - A bomb in a van explodes in the underground parking garage in New York's World Trade Center, killing six people and wounding 1,042.

Yup. President Bush should've done something about terrorism when Bill Clinton was President. Is that about what you are saying, Dick?

18 posted on 03/20/2004 5:46:52 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Prospero
Viacom = Publisher of Clarke's hit piece
Viacom = CBS
End of story

So, this segment of 60 Minutes is pretty much an infomercial.
But wait! There's more! If you order this pile of crap right now, we'll throw in a set of Ginsu knives FREE! Now how much would you pay!!!???

19 posted on 03/20/2004 5:52:35 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Wait4Truth
It looks as if the entire TV media and nearly all the print media have gotten together. Their sole purpose is to oust President Bush from office. It is really making me sick. But they are not going to win.

FOX News better watch out because if President Bush loses the election, the dems will be sure they have no access to the White House. This morning on that stupid Fox and Friends they were talking about the commission. Not a one of the 3 brought up anything about the Clinton administration not doing anything about terrorism in their eight years. They just talked about how the Bush administration may be in some real trouble.

20 posted on 03/20/2004 5:58:31 PM PST by BlueAngel
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Doesn't this Clarke guy look a bit like Nikita Kruschev????
21 posted on 03/20/2004 5:59:54 PM PST by eeriegeno
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To: eeriegeno
Yeah... good point... Don't let him take off a shoe.
22 posted on 03/20/2004 6:01:33 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: Diogenesis
Nice photos and statistics (replies the partisan media and lying Democrats), but Saddam didn't have any WMDs and didn't pose a threat to US or US interests...

And besides: John F'in' Kerry voted for war (the second time) and voted for the $87 billion supporting the war (the first time) and that's all we need to say. And he didn't really mean those votes that under-cut our intelligence efforts. Ask John McCain: Kerry is strong on defense. Who are you going to believe: W and those lying Republicans or John "Crazy" McCain?

23 posted on 03/20/2004 6:07:53 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
clarke is a flaming asshole.
24 posted on 03/20/2004 6:12:42 PM PST by The Wizard
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To: tirednvirginia
The sales job by the Bush Admin. has been abominable.

Any idiot knows that terrorism is a regional and cultural problem, and a clandestine network problem, which defies the traditional understandings and rules of war between nation-states.

The arguments for war in Iraq were foolishly contorted to fit 20th century conventions.

I support Bush, but it's ironic that straightforwardness is such a strength for him in some ways but the lack of such is such a liability in others.

25 posted on 03/20/2004 6:20:54 PM PST by Monti Cello
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To: pieces of time
Bill Gertz and Bernard Kerik were just on with Rita Cosby on Fox. Both of them said this is going to open a can of worms on the clinton administration. Gertz said the Bush Administration was STILL trying to get their people appointed through the Senate and Kerik listed all the bombings during the Clinton Administration, including the first Trade Tower bombing, where clinton basically did nothing. However, the media has only one goal - blame Bush and give clinton a pass. I don't know how this is going to go. I hope President Bush comes back and bashes them hard.
26 posted on 03/20/2004 6:33:29 PM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
I was more impressed with the story of the Art and Culture guys who turned on Bush after the so-called Baghdad Museum thefts. If there's one thing we should learn from Clinton; dump everybody from previous administration.
27 posted on 03/20/2004 6:39:54 PM PST by cwb (Kerry: The only person who could make Bill Clinton look like a moderate)
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To: jwalsh07
8 years of Clinton, 200 days of Bush, and it is Bush's failure to act.

Some Clinton Sock Puppets are saying that the Bush Transition Team was warned about the WTC. But, from what I can remember the Bush Transition Team was forced to work from their cars because Bush was selected.

28 posted on 03/20/2004 6:51:17 PM PST by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: Wait4Truth
I hope President Bush comes back and bashes them hard.

Since the dems never play by the rules and have no problem criticizing previous administrations Bush better get over this nice guy BS ( inviting Teddy for movies and popcorn etc ) and start bashing the hell out of Clinton's pathetic record
29 posted on 03/20/2004 6:53:38 PM PST by uncbob
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
“He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11.

Oh, fercryingoutloud. They hadn't even had time to get all of the stains out of the carpets.

30 posted on 03/20/2004 6:57:21 PM PST by Samwise (In the battle between Good and Evil, Evil often wins unless Good is very, very careful. --Spock)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds; All
I wonder if old Leslie will mention that FREE PRESS, the outfit that's publishing Clarke's book, is owned by VIACOM?

http://www.cjr.org/tools/owners/viacom.asp
31 posted on 03/20/2004 7:04:14 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Former...thats enough for me...moving on to real news
32 posted on 03/20/2004 7:14:27 PM PST by Hotdog
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To: tirednvirginia
>>>I don't understand this. I remember Cheney on MTP right after 9-11 saying that there was no indication Iraq had a hand in the attacks.<<<

Read this - its long and quite complex - but you must realize that it was written in 1995 by an advisor to the Clinton administration. It ties Saddam to the first attempt to bring down the WTC towers in 1993.

What did Clinton do with this.....nothing. And, Cheney was wrong on this one.

Go to FR Search and enter this title (or a portion) and you will get this real eye-opener!

Saddam's ties to 9/11? ~ "THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMB: Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It Matters"1995

33 posted on 03/20/2004 7:15:00 PM PST by HardStarboard ( Wesley...gone. Hillary......not gone enough!)
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To: HardStarboard
We should look at the positive side of this story. 60 minutes could have waited 6 months to run it when it might have done some real damage. By going with it now it will be on the radar for a couple days and that will be the end of it. The media's attention span (as well as the public's) is only two or three days then it's on to another story...
34 posted on 03/20/2004 7:30:39 PM PST by Russ
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
“He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We’ll never know,” he tells Stahl

No wonder. He's a disgruntled former advisor. And he's got SFB.

35 posted on 03/20/2004 8:02:38 PM PST by plain talk
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
This A##hole did such a good job he is no longer there.That says it all IMHO.
36 posted on 03/20/2004 8:07:35 PM PST by solo gringo (Always Ranting Always Rite)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
He is selling a book.
37 posted on 03/20/2004 8:07:58 PM PST by freekitty
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To: The Wizard
One of many!!!
38 posted on 03/20/2004 8:25:56 PM PST by cjmae
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
60 minutes is a known leftist supporting propaganda show. They are the one's who saved Clinton's run for President, just ask them!!! Who cares what this idiot thinks!
39 posted on 03/20/2004 8:28:43 PM PST by ladyinred (democrats have blood on their hands!)
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To: Russ
>>> By going with it now it will be on the radar for a couple days and that will be the end of it.<<<

You are an optimist. I believe that this will be one of their "big guns" in the campaign and they wil beat it to death.

If it works, Bush is culpable in his own demise. We should have, long ago, fried the Clinton administration of their total incompentence and refusal to fight the war against terror - bin Laden declared war in 1997 (close) and Clinton treated it as a lawinforcement problem.

This even after his won staf, (Laurie Nlyroie) linked Iraq to both WTC 1993 bombing and Oklahoma City.

Bush basically shut down thowe on his staff that wanted to fry Clinton after 9/11....and what has playing Mr. NicesGuy got him - a problem that may defeat him in November.

40 posted on 03/20/2004 9:59:09 PM PST by HardStarboard ( Wesley...gone. Hillary......not gone enough!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Well, it is up to the administration to remind people they were only in office about 7 months when 9/11 happened and what is it with these Demonrats/media whores of the DNC having the audacity to claim President Bush did nothing with the terrorists when Clintoon had 8 yrs. and Bin Laden declaring war on the USA and all their attacks on us. Clintoon's administration is the one who did NOTHING for those long yrs., yet Bush who was hampered by the election fiasco and delays of appointments, etc. is supposed to be at fault for not getting al Qaeda/bin Laden in about 7 months! I hope the Bushies will knock this back at their partisan, wicked, lying hacks in the media and Demonrat party.
41 posted on 03/21/2004 6:02:32 AM PST by bushfamfan
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To: Diogenesis
Excellent summary of the reasons to attack Iraq and the effectiveness of our military intervention. Can you give as good reasons for Bush to break his word on nation building to justify our continued military presence in Iraq?
42 posted on 03/21/2004 6:53:31 AM PST by fatidic
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To: fatidic
Yes: September 11, 2001.
43 posted on 03/21/2004 6:55:38 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Clinton, Clarke, and the Democrats are the ones who did nothing after the World Trade Center was bombed in 1993.

Clinton, Clarke, and the Democrats are the ones who did nothing after the Khobar Towers were bombed.

Clinton, Clarke and the Democrats are the ones who did nothing when Iraq kicked out the UN inspectors.

Clinton, Clarke and the Democrats are the ones who did nothing when Iraqi anti-aircraft batteries repeatedly painted American fighter jets.

Clinto, Clarke and the Democrats are the ones who refused Sudans offer of OBL on a silver platter.

Clinton, Clarke and the Democrats are the ones who pardoned the FALN terrorists.

Clinton, Clarke and the Democrats are the ones who did nothing when the USS Cole was bombed.

Small wonder RAGHEADS and Democrats have a problem with George W. Bush and the Republicans willingness to defend our country.

44 posted on 03/21/2004 6:56:08 AM PST by Rome2000 (Foreign leaders for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Sour grapes.
45 posted on 03/21/2004 6:57:27 AM PST by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: Just mythoughts
If this guy was any good at his job, 9/11 would not have happened. ?

No kidding.

46 posted on 03/21/2004 6:58:02 AM PST by Saundra Duffy (For victory & freedom!!!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Interesting quote from a WPost web discussion involving WPost reporter Dana Priest on 3/18/04. One reader asked about Doug Feith's intelligence group re-evaluating CIA info. Priest responded:

"Dana Priest: There is a widespread believe among Bush appointees at the Pentagon, former intelligence experts who backed the invasion of Iraq (Jim Woosley comes to mind) and other think-tank types (AEI, etc.) who believe the CIA is trapped in a mindset about the possibility that Al Qaeda and Iraq would work together. It's a typical institutional trap, that once an institute takes a position over a long period of time, they are more reluctant to change. The reaction was to have their own people re-look the intelligence community's reporting on Iraq and Al Qaeda and offer a competing view. Since I concluded (but am totally open to new facts) that Feith's office did not exert any hugely powerful or disproportionate influence over the policy process and actually shared its analysis for debate with the CIA, it just doesn't seem to be the big deal many people are making it into. It was pretty much an open debate and the president, of course, made the final decision, presumably with the competing views in mind."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A61228-2004Mar15.html

It seems that Clarke was in the same trap as the CIA.



47 posted on 03/21/2004 7:09:03 AM PST by Gothmog (The 2004 election won't be about what one did in the military, but on how one would use it)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Toward the end of his tenure, Clarke was relegated to critical infrastructure protection issues. He was held in low regard throughout the interagency, seen as a self promoting gadfly who pushed his views in poorly staffed policy documents. His first draft of a cyber security policy for the WH was sophomoric. All interactions with his side of the NSC staff (2001-2003)caused me to question how on earth he was kept from the Clinton administration. Look at him now, I am not surprised.
48 posted on 03/21/2004 7:37:02 AM PST by redwolf00
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To: Russ
>>> By going with it now it will be on the radar for a couple days and that will be the end of it.<<<

You are an optimist. I believe that this will be one of their "big guns" in the campaign and they will beat it to death.

If it works, Bush is culpable in his own demise. We should have, long ago, fried the Clinton administration for their total incompetence and refusal to fight the war against terror - bin Laden declared war in 1997 (close) and Clinton treated it as a law enforcement problem.

This even after his own staff, (Laurie Mylroie) linked Iraq to both WTC 1993 bombing and Oklahoma City. If you don't believe that statement, I suggest you stick this title in FR Search and read her report - done before 9/11.
Saddam's ties to 9/11? ~ "THE WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMB: Who is Ramzi Yousef? And Why It Matters"1995

Bush basically shut down those on his staff that wanted to fry Clinton after 9/11....and what has playing Mr. NiceGuy got him - a Clinton holdover campaign of deceit that may defeat him in November.

Note: This is a redo of a post I made last night without my glasses and which I garbled up beyond all recognition.

49 posted on 03/21/2004 7:45:25 AM PST by HardStarboard ( Wesley...gone. Hillary......not gone enough!)
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To: redwolf00
Toward the end of his tenure, Clarke was relegated to critical infrastructure protection issues. He was held in low regard throughout the interagency, seen as a self promoting gadfly who pushed his views in poorly staffed policy documents.

Just saw a guy interviewed on FoxNews confirming or seconding everything that is being attributed to Clarke. This guy apparently also recently testified to the 9-11 panel, and was also a member of the National Security team of both the Bush and Clinton Administrations. It is becoming clear: everyone in the Clinton Admin. is in full CYA (or cover your Clymer, take your pick) mode. One of the amazing things this guy said was "there should have been a response to the Cole bombing -- like on whose watch did THAT take place????" At some point, this guy defended the Clintons saying (I assume in response to one of the lesser attacks during the Clinton Admin.) "with only 12 American casualties, there was no way the American people would support a military response."

Talk about pathetic... talk about rationalizing... talk about kicking the can down the road... Talk about irresponsibility... But then again, I'm talking about the Clinton Administation.

50 posted on 03/21/2004 12:29:32 PM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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