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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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 60minutes; book; bookdeals; books; booksales; clarke; clintonistas; lefties; mediabias; rats; richardclarke; viacom
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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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