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Richard Clarke: The Man Who Dropped the Ball
Mens News Daily.com ^ | 3-26-04 | Joe Mariani

Posted on 03/27/2004 6:38:24 AM PST by veronica

In his book "Against All Enemies," Richard Clarke viciously attacks President Bush for failing to take strong action against al-Qaeda in the first eight months of his Presidency, pointing the finger of blame for 9/11 at the Bush administration.

A year ago, Richard Clarke was extensively used as a source for Richard Miniter's book "Losing Bin Laden," which pointed the finger of blame for 9/11 at the Clinton administration for not taking action against al-Qaeda in the eight years of his Presidency. It's no coincidence of names... it's the same Richard Clarke. So who does Clarke blame for 9/11, Clinton or Bush? How many fingers are there?

The failed strategy of dealing with terrorism through courts and lawyers rather than military means was pursued all through the nineties. Clarke was the White House terrorism advisor for both Presidents, ever since he was appointed to the National Security Council staff in 1992 by Bill Clinton. Iraq was clearly involved in the 1993 WTC bombing by al-Qaeda operatives, yet was never confronted by the Clinton administration... which only emboldened Saddam to defy the US even more openly as the years passed.

Mohammed Salameh, one of the bombers, made 46 phone calls to Iraq. Most of them were to his uncle, a convicted terrorist working in the PLO office in Baghdad. Abdul Rahman Yasin and Ramzi Yousef came to the US from Iraq, and Yousef traveled back to Iraq afterwards using a Kuwaiti passport in the name of Abdul Basit Karim. Karim's file had clearly been tampered with during Iraq's occupation of Kuwait -- Yousef's fingerprints had replaced those of the real Karim.

All the evidence of State sponsorship of terrorism was ignored, and a policy of prosecuting individual terrorists as common criminals was followed. Who was the White House's counter-terrorism advisor during this time? Who bears some of the responsibility, at least, for this policy? Right answer: Richard Clarke.

Clarke's book castigates President Bush for his response to the second attack on the World Trade Center in less than a decade. When informed of the attacks, Clarke states that Bush wanted to know whether Iraq -- which had been involved in the attack on the the Twin Towers less than a decade ago -- was involved again. In the course of Clarke's prime-time network infomercial on 60 Minutes (no one saw fit to mention that VIACOM, which owns CBS, also published Clarke's book through Free Press, a subsidiary of Simon & Schuster), Clarke stated that President Bush had a brief conversation with him on the subject. According to Clarke, Bush said,"'I want you to find whether Iraq did this.' Now he never said, 'Make it up.'

But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said 'Iraq did this.'" Any objective, intellectually honest person would be forced to wonder at Clarke's vehement reaction -- more than two years delayed -- to this seemingly reasonable question.

It would, in my opinion, have been irresponsible NOT to ask whether a country that had declared us their enemy, had been shooting down our planes for years, had been known to support terrorism, and had been involved in the first attack on the WTC was involved in the second attack on the same building. Clarke's personal impressions and prejudices -- which apparently form the bulk his book -- aside, all this tells us is that President Bush pays attention to history while Richard Clarke does not... even to his own.

In his resignation letter, dated 20 Jan 2003, Clarke wrote to President Bush, "I will always remember the courage, determination, calm, and leadership you demonstrated on September 11th," and "It has been an enormous privilege to serve you these last 24 months." A little more than a year later, he seems to have changed his mind. In the 60 minutes interview, he attacked President Bush's handling of 9/11.

CLARKE: I think the way he has responded to al Qaeda, both before 9/11 by doing nothing and by what he's done after 9/11 has made us less safe. Absolutely.

STAHL: Don't you think he handled himself and hit all the right notes after 9/11, showed strength, got us through it, you don't give him credit for that?

CLARKE: He gave a really good speech right after 9/11.

STAHL: You don't give him credit for anything. Nothing.

CLARKE: I think he's done a terrible job on the war against terrorism.

Prior to President Bush, there WAS no war against terrorism. After the 1993 WTC attack, nothing was done to stop al-Qaeda. Nothing was done when al-Qaeda terrorists killed 18 US servicemen in Somalia, also in 1993. Nothing was done after al-Qaeda terrorists blew up the Khobar Towers in 1996 or the US embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya in 1998. Nothing was done after al-Qaeda blew a hole in the USS Cole in 2000. Clarke claims that he warned President Bush about the terrible danger posed to the US by al-Qaeda and the need for a military response.

The entirety of the "military response" to al-Qaeda during the Clinton administration -- under Clarke's leadership as "terrorism czar" -- was limited to missile strikes on Sudan and Afghanistan, both of which proved fruitless. Why was nothing done about al-Qaeda during all the years of Clarke's tenure as head of counter-terrorism, if the danger was so obvious?

Clinton's administration passed up an opportunity to capture Osama bin Laden in 1996 According to a statement by Mansoor Ijaz (one of Clinton's 1996 campaign contributors), "President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, who wanted terrorism sanctions against Sudan lifted, offered the arrest and extradition of Bin Laden and detailed intelligence data about the global networks constructed by Egypt's Islamic Jihad, Iran's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas.

Among those in the networks were the two hijackers who piloted commercial airliners into the World Trade Center.

The silence of the Clinton administration in responding to these offers was deafening."

After 9/11, Clinton was heard to call his decision not to take bin Laden "the biggest mistake of my Presidency." A second back-channel offer was made to turn over bin Laden by the United Arab Emirates in the summer of 2000, before the attack on the Cole.

Richard Clarke soured the deal by openly referring to it during a meeting with the UAE rulers, who immediately denied any such offer had been made. That fall, a Predator drone spotted Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. The Clinton administration again declined to act.

Richard Clarke -- arguably, the man who actually dropped the ball -- continues to criticise President Bush for not acting swiftly enough to send American military against bin Laden's terror network.

It turns out that the Bush administration was, in fact, preparing to launch a worldwide war against al-Qaeda. The day before 9/11, the Bush administration finalised a plan to overthrow the Taliban, capture Osama bin Laden, and crush al-Qaeda around the world.

Even had President Bush launched such an attack on Afghanistan the day after he took office, however, it wouldn't have stopped 9/11... which had been in motion since 1998.

Of course, then Liberals would certainly have condemned President Bush as an "imperialist warmonger" for launching a pre-emptive strike against a sovereign nation before they had actually attacked us. Go figure.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: richardclarke

1 posted on 03/27/2004 6:38:25 AM PST by veronica
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To: veronica
Democrats are very confusing....First, they are complaining because President Bush did take action against the terrorists, now they are complaining President Bush did not take action against the terrorists before 9/11.

I do pray the majority of people who vote this November have the common sense to see thru the Democrat Bullsh.t.

2 posted on 03/27/2004 6:43:16 AM PST by Two-Bits (Being a democrat means you never have to think......)
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To: veronica
I really don't understand why the administration has not discussed the first world trade center bombing and Ramzi Yousef at all.
3 posted on 03/27/2004 6:44:51 AM PST by ottothedog
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To: veronica
After Miniter's book came out, Clarke most likely heard from someone within the clinton crime syndicate, and was "encouraged" to refresh his memory.
4 posted on 03/27/2004 6:50:07 AM PST by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: veronica
Clinton's administration passed up an opportunity to capture Osama bin Laden in 1996 According to a statement by Mansoor Ijaz (one of Clinton's 1996 campaign contributors), "President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, who wanted terrorism sanctions against Sudan lifted, offered the arrest and extradition of Bin Laden and detailed intelligence data about the global networks constructed by Egypt's Islamic Jihad, Iran's Hezbollah and the Palestinian Hamas.

This is the one that ticks me off. If anything would have stoped 9/11, this was it.
5 posted on 03/27/2004 6:52:04 AM PST by Desdemona (Music Librarian and provider of cucumber sandwiches, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary. Hats required.)
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To: MamaLucci
I mentioned this before, but do you suppose his file was among the FBI files the Clintons took? Maybe they had something to use for "incentive."
6 posted on 03/27/2004 6:53:24 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: veronica
CLARKE: I think the way he has responded to al Qaeda, both before 9/11 by doing nothing and by what he's done after 9/11 has made us less safe. Absolutely. (One sentance)

STAHL: Don't you think he handled himself and hit all the right notes after 9/11, showed strength, got us through it, you don't give him credit for that?

CLARKE: He gave a really good speech right after 9/11. (One sentance)

STAHL: You don't give him credit for anything. Nothing.

CLARKE: I think he's done a terrible job on the war against terrorism. (One sentance)

Unless you've been primed with talking points, which, to be effective, MUST be short and sweet most people woud be more loquacious, narurally. These are talking points, folks!

7 posted on 03/27/2004 6:57:53 AM PST by TalBlack ("Tal, no song means anything without someone else....")
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To: veronica
The Clinton administration's concerns about terrorism? All you need to know is Bill Clinton saw George Tenet (CIA) only twice.

Clinton mode was to keep the American people un-alarmed about about terrorist attacks on American embassies in Africa and the USS Cole, the Kobar Towers. We were not proactive on Al Qaeda because for the Clintonites it was "all about the economy, stupid!" AND GETTING RE-ELECTED
8 posted on 03/27/2004 6:58:15 AM PST by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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To: veronica
Cyncooper found an article from June 2001 showing Bush's adminstration was very actively arranging to fight terrorism

Preparing for The Next Pearl Harbor Attack (JUNE 2001, Bush team addressing terrorism threat)

9 posted on 03/27/2004 6:58:42 AM PST by syriacus (2001: The Daschle-Schumer Gang obstructed Bush's attempts to organize his administration -->9/11)
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To: ottothedog
"I really don't understand why the administration has not discussed the first world trade center bombing and Ramzi Yousef at all."

And I don't understand why the 9/11 hearings failed to go back to the '93 attack on the WTC.

10 posted on 03/27/2004 6:59:55 AM PST by mass55th
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To: MizSterious
Someone posted a list of the FBI files found in the clinton White House here the other day, there was a Paul Clarke, but no Richard Clarke.
11 posted on 03/27/2004 7:05:43 AM PST by MamaLucci (Libs, want answers on 911? Ask Clinton why he met with Monica more than with his CIA director.)
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To: veronica
bump
12 posted on 03/27/2004 7:07:59 AM PST by NonValueAdded (He says "Bring it on!!" Then when you do, he says, "How dare you!! ")
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To: veronica

14 posted on 03/27/2004 7:23:31 AM PST by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us)
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To: Two-Bits
I do pray the majority of people who vote this November have the common sense to see thru the Democrat Bullsh.t.

The majority will, sadly, vote for the cutest candidate, or the one with the most "pizazz!".

15 posted on 03/27/2004 7:32:44 AM PST by randog (Everything works great 'til the current flows.)
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To: randog
"The majority will, sadly, vote for the cutest candidate"

Then we have no worries.
16 posted on 03/27/2004 7:41:57 AM PST by Bonny Dick
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To: syriacus
I couldn't get it to come up with your link, but here is one that works http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1105829/posts. Thanks very much for pointing out this post. It's a great find. I wonder how many others are out there. Of course they'll get no traction in the mainleftstream media.
17 posted on 03/27/2004 7:42:30 AM PST by NTegraT (and I am still seeing The Passion of the Christ.)
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To: veronica
Between Clarke and Clintoon, no wonder the terrorists were unabated for eight years. These guys make the Keystone Cops look like Scotland Yard. One liar conversing with another one. LMAO

18 posted on 03/27/2004 7:49:17 AM PST by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1/5 1st Mar Div. Nam 69&70 Semper Fi http://www.vietnamveteransagainstjohnkerry.com)
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To: veronica
"Even had President Bush launched such an attack on Afghanistan the day after he took office, however, it wouldn't have stopped 9/11... which had been in motion since 1998."

Heck, these same people would've blamed Bush for precipitating 9/11 had he invaded Afghanistan earlier.

Listening to people like Bob Kerrey and Clarke intimating that Bush should've preemptively invaded Afghanistan based on non-specific "chatter," while these same people atttack him for doing just that in Iraq based on 12 years of belligerence, is a joke.

Clarke insists that Bush's war in Iraq has taken attention away from the war on terrorism, yet it was Clarke, himself, who tied both OBL and Iraq to the supposed VX nerve gas being produced at Al-Shifa...as he talked Cohen and Clinton into bombing it in 1998.

If Iraq was a distraction from the WOT, what was Clinton's venture into Kosovo shortly after the bombing of our embassies that killed over 200 people and injured over 4,000? How did CLarke feel about Clinton's own preoccupation with Iraq, as he was the one who not only attacked them on numerous occasions, but he also helped author the Iraq Liberation Act. There are just too many inconsistencies with this liar.
19 posted on 03/27/2004 7:49:22 AM PST by cwb (Kerry: The only person who could make Bill Clinton look like a moderate.)
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To: NTegraT
Thanks for posting the correct link, NTegraT.
20 posted on 03/27/2004 7:49:31 AM PST by syriacus (2001: The Daschle-Schumer Gang obstructed Bush's attempts to organize his administration -->9/11)
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To: veronica
dealing with terrorism through courts and lawyers rather than military means was pursued all through the nineties

Now we know why Viacom is SELLING Clarke's book. Clarke is one of the only common denominators between 1992 and 9-11-01.

Has anyone checked his phone and PC for connections to terror cells?

21 posted on 03/27/2004 7:54:13 AM PST by alrea (this just in: terrorists can't terrorize without the media)
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To: mass55th
"And I don't understand why the 9/11 hearings failed to go back to the '93 attack on the WTC."

Exactly! The only difference between 1993 and 2001 is that the buildings didn't come down...the intent was the same. Even Yousif admitted that the plan was to blow up the one tower and collapse it into the next one. Heck, he even said it would happen, again.
I'm sorry, but we had two of the worst domestic attacks on US soil with the WTC in 1993 and the OKC bombing...and I just don't recall the finger pointing that I do, today.
22 posted on 03/27/2004 7:58:05 AM PST by cwb (Kerry: The only person who could make Bill Clinton look like a moderate.)
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To: xzins
Richard Clarke: The Man Who Dropped the Ball

Clarke should have been the FIRST firing of the Bush Administration, followed by Tenet! Thus, the big bites in the tush to the Bush Admninistration. Clarke knows that he should have been fired - and he is suffering from a strong case of delusion, illusion and collusion.

23 posted on 03/27/2004 7:59:23 AM PST by TrueBeliever9
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To: randog
The majority will, sadly, vote for the cutest candidate, or the one with the most "pizazz!".

Then we've got nothing to worry about. Kerry is ugly AND boring.

24 posted on 03/27/2004 8:02:23 AM PST by P-Marlowe (Let your light so shine before men....)
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To: Two-Bits
don't go into Afghanistan or Iraq. wait they just bombed our country. OK go into Afghanistan, but don't go into Iraq. wait, Libya has mustard gas and a nuclear bomb program. don't go into Libya, even if they admit they bombed discos in Germany and a plane full of Americans. Stay out of Iraq they are no threat. They better not kill Americans and that Al Quieda guy that set up the people in Madrid, so what if Iraq was hiding him, he was not threat. HELP which way does the world want it??
25 posted on 03/27/2004 8:03:08 AM PST by q_an_a
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To: veronica
liar, liar, pants on fire!
26 posted on 03/27/2004 8:30:28 AM PST by binger
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To: MamaLucci
Someone posted a list of the FBI files...

Here it is if anyone wants to view it: The 967 FBI Files

27 posted on 03/27/2004 8:33:43 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: veronica
This was posted in 2001, but the facts are still the same.

Where was Richard Clarke when all this occurred?

ANTHRAX (Clinton News Suppression)

After the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and injured 1,000; President Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1995 bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed five U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia, which killed 19 and injured 200 U.S. military personnel; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 1998 bombing of U.S. embassies in Africa, which killed 224 and injured 5,000; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

After the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 and injured 39 U.S. sailors; Clinton promised that those responsible would be hunted down and punished.

If Clinton had not pardon and released 16 convicted terrorist in August, 1999, the message to terrorist world wide would be much different.

If Clinton had kept his promise, an estimated 3,000+ people in New York and Washington, D.C. that are now dead would be Alive today.

3 posted on 10/12/2001 6:38:39 PM CDT by chainsaw

28 posted on 03/27/2004 8:34:14 AM PST by chainsaw (http://www.hanoijohnkerry.org.)
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To: randog
That will be GW...the mule face frightens small children.
29 posted on 03/27/2004 9:10:36 AM PST by GailA (Kerry I'm for the death penalty for terrorist, but I'll declare a moratorium on the death penalty)
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To: chainsaw
Tried a google search for AP stories about Clinton and terrorism and got this (Try it yourself):

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No standard web pages containing all your search terms were found.

Your search - ap 1998 terror "clinton condems" - did not match any documents.

30 posted on 03/27/2004 9:13:35 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: veronica
Clarke is bought and paid for by the DNC.
31 posted on 03/27/2004 9:19:39 AM PST by Cosmo (Now, I ain't one to gossip, so you didn't hear this from me)
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To: Two-Bits
When Clinton won the first time around...Dems made great hay over the fact that Bush Sr. didn't finish the job in Iraq bla bla bla...
32 posted on 03/27/2004 9:58:59 AM PST by gdc314
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