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CLARKE IN 92: BUSH WAS LAX ON IRAQ
The Washington Post (BRIEF EXCERPT ONLY, IN COMPLIANCE WITH COPYRIGHT LAW AND LAT/WP VS FR] | JUNE 5, 1992 | R. Jeffrey Smith

Posted on 03/22/2004 4:59:03 PM PST by Wallaby

Memo Says U.S. Was Lax on Iraq; 'No One Was Paying Attention' to Arms [EXCERPT]

The Washington Post
R. Jeffrey Smith, Washington Post Staff Writer
FIRST SECTION; PAGE A1
June 5, 1992, Friday, Final Edition


A senior State Department official concluded in a secret memorandum after Iraq invaded Kuwait that "no one was paying attention" to blocking Iraq's purchase of Western equipment for weapons of mass destruction during the previous decade, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.


[According to Clarke's memo,] "no one was paying attention" to blocking Iraq's purchase of Western equipment for weapons of mass destruction during the previous decade. . ."

The official, Assistant Secretary of State Richard A. Clarke, made the claim in a memo declassified yesterday and provided to Congress along with 53 other State Department documents concerning U.S.-Iraqi relations that were requested by a congressional committee investigating U.S. policy toward Iraq before the Persian Gulf War.

The documents, which were made available to The Post by a U.S. official, provide fresh details about the administration's monitoring of Iraq's nuclear and chemical weapons programs and the controversial U.S. pre-war push to ease controls on high-technology exports as part of an attempt to cultivate better relations with Iraq before it invaded Kuwait in August 1990.

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President Bush last night defended the effort toward better relations with Iraq against this congressional criticism, saying that the United States tried to work with Saddam "on grain credits and things of this nature to avoid aggressive action. And it failed. . . . "

"That approach, holding out a hand, trying to get him to renounce terrorism and join the family of nations, didn't work," Bush told a White House news conference. "And the minute he moved aggressively, we moved aggressively and set back aggression."

One undated memo summarizing U.S. nonproliferation activity aimed at Iraq indicates that the Bush administration moved slowly to constrain Iraq's mass-destruction weapons programs after a Iraqi long-range missile launch in 1989 caught officials by surprise.

The memo states that Clarke sought in an interagency meeting that December "to get at why U.S. intelligence didn't know Iraq had such capabilities beforehand and to galvanize the interagency community into more effective [action] against the Iraqi missile program."

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Clarke's memo referring to Washington's record of failure on the issue was written after the invasion. . .

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 1992; 2004; 2020; clarke; hindsight; iraq; richardaclarke; terrorism
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1 posted on 03/22/2004 4:59:04 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Wallaby
But ... but... Iraq didn't have WMDs.

Good find.

2 posted on 03/22/2004 5:00:45 PM PST by DallasMike
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To: Wallaby
Man, the credibility of these guys doesn't last very long under scrutiny, does it?
3 posted on 03/22/2004 5:01:49 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: Wallaby
Anyone see a pattern here?
4 posted on 03/22/2004 5:02:09 PM PST by yeswecan
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To: Wallaby
Is this online anywhere?
5 posted on 03/22/2004 5:03:12 PM PST by Columbine (Bush '04 - Owens '08)
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To: Wallaby
we have some more here:

Report Details Saddam's Support for Terrorists Who Killed Americans

The above link is the FreeRepublic discussion thread.

The actual article is :

"Saddam Hussein’s Philanthropy of Terror"

It is a pdf document with substantial footnotes and put together by Dewey Murdock of the Hudson Institute.

6 posted on 03/22/2004 5:03:24 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States - and war is what they got!!!!)
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To: Wallaby
Not for commercial use. Solely to be used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion.
7 posted on 03/22/2004 5:03:41 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: yeswecan
Is there an echo in here?
8 posted on 03/22/2004 5:03:43 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Wallaby
Clarke's memo referring to Washington's record of failure on the issue was written after the invasion. . .

Hell, even I could have wrote that memo AFTER.....
9 posted on 03/22/2004 5:03:58 PM PST by stylin19a (Is it vietnam yet ?)
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To: Columbine
It's on Lexis-Nexis. Any newsroom could pull it up.
10 posted on 03/22/2004 5:05:17 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: AmishDude; dirtboy; MJY1288
Man, the credibility of these guys doesn't last very long under scrutiny, does it?

Evidently these people are not familir with this little ditty:


11 posted on 03/22/2004 5:05:19 PM PST by Howlin
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To: stylin19a
Hell, even I could have wrote that memo AFTER.....

I agree.
Put your name in for the next Asst. Sec. of State opening..

12 posted on 03/22/2004 5:06:28 PM PST by eddie willers
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To: 1Mike; 3catsanadog; ~Vor~; ~Kim4VRWC's~; A CA Guy; A Citizen Reporter; abner; Aeronaut; AFPhys; ...
This is TOO FUNNY!!!!
13 posted on 03/22/2004 5:07:13 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Wallaby
This is an excellent find, Wallaby.
14 posted on 03/22/2004 5:07:42 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Wallaby
Little Dickie Clarke and his appearance on 60 Maggots got hammered on talk Radio today. Great post...
15 posted on 03/22/2004 5:08:42 PM PST by tubebender (My wild oats have turned to shredded wheat...)
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To: Wallaby
Excellent find.
16 posted on 03/22/2004 5:08:50 PM PST by maggief
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To: M. Thatcher; Real Rush
FYI
17 posted on 03/22/2004 5:08:50 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Howlin
It's really over for the Dems, isn't it? Ordinary people do research on the WWW and Fox News picks up the story. No more media blackouts.
18 posted on 03/22/2004 5:09:19 PM PST by AmishDude
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To: Wallaby; Askel5
Wallaby bump!
19 posted on 03/22/2004 5:10:14 PM PST by nunya bidness
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To: Howlin
I want to know if Dick Clarke hangs around with Kevin Phillips.
20 posted on 03/22/2004 5:11:04 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Wallaby
trying to get him to renounce terrorism

Imagine that.

21 posted on 03/22/2004 5:12:04 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: nunya bidness
How do we get this out to the media?
22 posted on 03/22/2004 5:12:19 PM PST by pushforbush
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To: Wallaby
Good job, Bro!
23 posted on 03/22/2004 5:12:41 PM PST by Rocko ('s Modern Life)
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To: AmishDude
Well, look what Wayne Downing said on MSNBC just now........!!!
24 posted on 03/22/2004 5:12:44 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
What he say?
25 posted on 03/22/2004 5:13:43 PM PST by Rocko ('s Modern Life)
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To: OXENinFLA
This guy just keeps getting better.
26 posted on 03/22/2004 5:13:49 PM PST by StriperSniper (Manuel Miranda - Whistleblower)
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To: yeswecan
Pattern bump.:-)
27 posted on 03/22/2004 5:14:16 PM PST by auboy (Beware the Pee Solution… aka the four corners offense.)
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To: Howlin
excellent find

It was too easy. About 2 minutes of searching for articles in the 90s on "Richard A. Clarke" and "Iraq".

28 posted on 03/22/2004 5:14:17 PM PST by Wallaby
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To: Howlin
What did he say? I am watching O'Reilly and he is showing examples of the Sudanese bin Laden fiasco.
29 posted on 03/22/2004 5:14:37 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Howlin
Gerald Posner is attacking Madeline Albright. HA!
30 posted on 03/22/2004 5:15:55 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Howlin
Sheeeeeesh......these people are such liars and frauds!

FLIP-FLOP is their middle names. Their motto should be "open mouth,insert both feet,and jump."

31 posted on 03/22/2004 5:16:13 PM PST by nopardons
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To: Rocko
Retired General Wayne Downing is on MSNBC; he is saying that Clarke HIRED him........and he is surprised at what Clarke is saying; he said his experience with Bush has been the exact oppositing; he said EGO is involved -- and that Clarke might have been upset because he didn't have the access that he had in the Clinton administration.

And he said it very clearly without whining to Keith Olbermann; if you can catch the rerun, he said a LOT more supporting Bush and making Clarke sound like a spurned lover.
32 posted on 03/22/2004 5:16:15 PM PST by Howlin
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To: PhiKapMom
You might find this interesting.
33 posted on 03/22/2004 5:17:06 PM PST by axel f
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To: Wallaby; jwalsh07
Excellent, Wallaby
34 posted on 03/22/2004 5:17:51 PM PST by deadhead (God Bless Our Troops and Veterans Bush-Cheney '04)
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To: pushforbush
How do we get this out to the media?

It just did. Where do you think they do their research these days?

-PJ

35 posted on 03/22/2004 5:18:29 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's not safe yet to vote Democrat.)
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To: Miss Marple
Madeleine Albright told Bill O'Reilly last week that SHE thought Saddam Hussein had WMDs. I heard her say it.
36 posted on 03/22/2004 5:18:39 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Peach
ping-a-ling
37 posted on 03/22/2004 5:19:27 PM PST by kayak (The terrorists ... are offended by our existence as free nations. ~ GWB 3/19/04)
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To: nopardons
OMG.....CNN has drug out BOB GRAHAM and HIS conspiracy theory!
38 posted on 03/22/2004 5:19:43 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
I SAID THAT GRAHAM WAS WHERE THIS ALL STARTED!!!!
39 posted on 03/22/2004 5:21:06 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: Howlin
you still have cnn programed into your remote??
40 posted on 03/22/2004 5:21:13 PM PST by ThreePuttinDude (Sep. 10th Democrats are dangerous to the USA......)
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To: Miss Marple
There is an interesting connection! I want to know that too!
41 posted on 03/22/2004 5:22:36 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: ThreePuttinDude; Howlin
Well, I am glad Howlin does have CNN on, or we wouldn't know about Graham!
42 posted on 03/22/2004 5:23:05 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: ThreePuttinDude
I always LOOK to see who the opposition is!

Oh, look...Joe Klein is on saying that Richard Clarke FINALLY came up with a plan for AQ in...........are you ready for it? want to know when???

DECEMBER OF 2000!!!!

He gave it to the Bush team in January of 2001 -- and now they are claiming that if Bush had followed THEIR plank, all of this could have been avoided!

43 posted on 03/22/2004 5:23:44 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Political Junkie Too; Wallaby
Even with it on Fr, it wouldn't hurt to send to a couple of talking heads, a few newspapers, A networks or two........Just to see who picks it up the first.....Sorta like a race.....Ready, Get set......GO!

;^)
44 posted on 03/22/2004 5:24:15 PM PST by hoosiermama (Ask Kerry to list the major pieces of enacted legislation he has authored in his career.)
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To: Wallaby
Don't be too modest; you always find "the good ones."
45 posted on 03/22/2004 5:24:26 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Howlin
DECEMBER OF 2000!!!!

That was the month I spent in my pajamas, waiting for an end to the nightmare that the Gore campaign was putting us through. But Richard Clarke came up with a plan for AQ then???

46 posted on 03/22/2004 5:26:54 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Yes, he did. So said Joe Klein on CNN just now!
47 posted on 03/22/2004 5:27:58 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Wallaby
And after running this story continuously on FoxNews today, not ONE Fox News producer found it. Excellent work!
48 posted on 03/22/2004 5:28:10 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: A Citizen Reporter
Yes, and what a plan it was! ABout 5 suggestions on one piece of paper!
49 posted on 03/22/2004 5:28:30 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: A Citizen Reporter
What rotten luck, heh? Working for Clinton for 8 years and finally coming up with a plan as they're walking out the door?

UTTER BS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


50 posted on 03/22/2004 5:28:59 PM PST by Howlin
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