Skip to comments.CLARKE IN 92: BUSH WAS LAX ON IRAQ
Posted on 03/22/2004 4:59:03 PM PST by Wallaby
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.
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.
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."
Clarke's memo referring to Washington's record of failure on the issue was written after the invasion. . .
Bingo. Vice President Cheney said today in a phone interviiew with Rush Limbaugh that Clarke wasn't in the loop on a lot of stuff, that he clearly missed much of what was going on. He said Clarke wanted a more prominent positon than Condi was prepared to give him but that Clarke was head of terrorisim for several years and didn't notice any great success. He questioned what he was doing for 8 yrs when he was in charge, starting with the first WTC attack in '93, Africa in '98 or the USS Cole.
The interview was somewhat lengthy for Cheney. He said prior to 9-11 terrorism was treated as a law enforcement problem. He said what the President did not want to do was have an ineffective response and he felt that up until that time what had been done was ineffective. Continuing, he said the only way to deal with the threat is to destroy the terrorists before they launch another attack on the U.S, that it is unrealistic that we should try to find out why they hate us. (LOL-- I love him.)
Near the close he said this election may be the most important presidential election ever.
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???You can find a transcript of Richard Clarke's remarks to reporters on December 15, 2000, when he released his "International Crime Threat Assessment Report (released December 2000). [Clarke Cites Release of International Crime Assessment
DECEMBER OF 2000!!!!
" No mention of Al-Qaeda or bin Laden to the reporters.
Here are some noteworthy passages:
Q: As far as international crimes go, what's the one largest threat to U.S. citizens right now?
MR. CLARKE: I think the largest threat is obviously posed by international narcotics smuggling, which costs a number of lives and costs an enormous amount of money. But more and more, we see that the people who are engaged in international narcotics smuggling are also engaged in other businesses, other illegal activities.
Q: You spoke earlier about the government of Afghanistan as a criminal organization. You said that it exports heroin, harbors terrorists and so on. Is there -- can we -- should we rule out in our minds any idea that the Clinton Administration in its last few weeks would take any kind of military action in Afghanistan either to extract the terrorists or to send a message to the Taliban about these things? I know you're taking moves in the United Nations to try and consolidate internationally.
And I would also like to, as a second half of this, ask you what would your recommendations be to the incoming Bush Administration in terms of how to handle a criminal state like Afghanistan?
MR. CLARKE: I expect that early next week the United Nations Security Council will pass for the second time a series of sanctions against the Taliban regime that rules most of Afghanistan. That resolution will be co-sponsored by Russia and the United States and we expect it to gain widespread support in the Security Council.
Does anyone know when Clinton and Gore are suppose to be questions by the panel?
BTW .. I heard tonight that Clark's Book wasn't suppose to come out till April ... wonder why they pushed up the date
To coincide with his testimony before the 9/11 commission., the basest of motives, making money off of 9/11.
Here's Clarke's report. Not one mention of Al-Qaeda or bin Laden. Since the Clinton administration wrongly took terrorism to be a crime-control problem, it shows just how little significance they were placing on bin Laden during the transition period.
I'm sorry, but no I did not see that. I hit "View Replies" and see you did say later some of the names. When did this take place?
Do you remember there was media/Gore gathering back during the 2000 campaign.
Also it represents Clarke's lame attempt to innoculate himself against 9/11 Commission criticism that will be leveled at him and the Clinton administration's terrorist appeasement.
Jim Wilkinson said this, too. He said Clarke was memoed about the meetings and would be a no show. Showed up once, I think.
Imus and Hardball has some of these guys on all the time.
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