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Clarke deserves chutzpah award for al-Qaida claims
The Union Leader. ^ | March 28, 2004 | Charles Krauthammer

Posted on 03/28/2004 2:30:39 AM PST by sopwith

Edited on 03/28/2004 8:55:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

IT IS ONLY March but the 2004 Chutzpah of the Year Award can be safely given out. It goes to Richard Clarke, now making himself famous by blaming the Bush administration for 9/11 — after Clarke had spent eight years in charge of counterterrorism for a Clinton administration that did nothing.

The 1990s were al-Qaida’s springtime: Blissfully unmolested in Afghanistan, it trained, indoctrinated, armed and, most fatally, planned. For the United States, this was a catastrophic lapse, and in a March 2002 interview on PBS’s “Frontline,” Clarke admitted as such: “I believe that had we destroyed the terrorist camps in Afghanistan earlier, that the conveyor belt that was producing terrorists, sending them out around the world would have been destroyed.” Instead, “now we have to hunt (them) down country by country.”

What should we have done during those lost years? Clarke answered: “Blow up the camps and take out their sanctuary. Eliminate their safe haven, eliminate their infrastructure. . . . That’s . . . the one thing in retrospect I wish had happened.”

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bush2004; krauthammer; richardclarke

1 posted on 03/28/2004 2:30:39 AM PST by sopwith
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To: sopwith
Clarke may well be a speaker at the Democratic convention because of his attacks on Bush.His credibility as a security czar has been severely damaged.His self aggrandizing spin is almost laughable.

His anti Bush,Rice tirade leaves him wearing the mantle of a bitter,partisan hit man.
2 posted on 03/28/2004 2:46:06 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: sopwith
bump
3 posted on 03/28/2004 2:58:53 AM PST by VOA
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To: sopwith
Personally I believe that without CBS and The Commission, Clarke's book would be a dud.

4 posted on 03/28/2004 3:03:17 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: sopwith
nice
5 posted on 03/28/2004 3:17:18 AM PST by miltonim
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To: sopwith
Great summary of Clarke and his hate-driven lies.
6 posted on 03/28/2004 3:40:21 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Pokey78
Kraut ping.
7 posted on 03/28/2004 3:41:46 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: sopwith
Stellar summary of how it really is and was with Richard Clarke
8 posted on 03/28/2004 3:44:32 AM PST by dennisw (“We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way.” - Toby Keith)
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To: Molly Pitcher
Ping!
9 posted on 03/28/2004 3:48:04 AM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("Eeaaaghh!!!"-Mad How Dean)
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To: sopwith
clarke is another one of those poor schlubs who gets caught up in the liberal/media limelight... he's treated like a hero and then can't stay off the television; he thinks he's more important than he is... just like that weapons inspector from a few years ago, i forget his name... the left dispenses with these fellows in due course
10 posted on 03/28/2004 3:52:32 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it.)
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To: sopwith
What should we have done during those lost years? Clarke answered: “Blow up the camps and take out their sanctuary. Eliminate their safe haven, eliminate their infrastructure. . . . That’s . . . the one thing in retrospect I wish had happened.” It did not. And who was president? Clinton. Who was the Clinton administration’s top counterterrorism official? Clarke. He now says that no one followed his advice. Why did he not speak out then? And if the issue was as critical to the nation as he now tells us, why didn’t he resign in protest?

This is the essence of this article from my perspective... If Clarke was serious about wanting to warn the US about the threat of terrorism, al Qaeda, OBL and if he wanted to intercede in the gathering threat, and put this issue on the national agenda, why didn't he resign in 1999 or even 2000 and go public then? Why didn't he take up his book project and get it into the national debate for the 2000 election when he could have forced both parties to step-up and answer?

In this light, he did owe everyone an apology because HE COULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE AND HE CHOSE NOT TO.

Unfortunately, Richard Clarke is as feckless as his Clinton "superiors" -- and that's a very low standard indeeed.

11 posted on 03/28/2004 5:17:35 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: sopwith
Great piece. I already posted it Friday here http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1105576/posts but it definitely deserves another. Krauthammer is the best!
12 posted on 03/28/2004 5:28:27 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: ReleaseTheHounds
Excellent post! You said exactly what I was thinking, only you put it much more succinctly!
13 posted on 03/28/2004 5:35:24 AM PST by alwaysconservative (Please, please, please! I'll be good, please don't take FR away from me again!)
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
Before I read this article, and your response, I wrote the words below, in another thread. Let us hope that the majority of voting Americans understand this.

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"Why did ho not resign, or transfer away from BJC? Because he lived for his face time in the Oval Office. That's what Bush and Rice took away from him. "
14 posted on 03/28/2004 5:40:03 AM PST by maica (World Peace starts with W)
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To: sopwith
http://www2.merton.ox.ac.uk/images/mad-hatter.gif
15 posted on 03/28/2004 5:59:20 AM PST by RonnG
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To: metesky
Dudue, don't you ever sleep? :-}
16 posted on 03/28/2004 6:05:43 AM PST by jwalsh07 (We're bringing it on John but you can't handle the truth!)
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To: jwalsh07
Sleep is for slackers.
;O)
17 posted on 03/28/2004 6:11:08 AM PST by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: All
The present Clarke-generated media stir brings to mind the darling of the media status once enjoyed by Monica Lewinski's first lawyer ... and now I can't even remember his name.
18 posted on 03/28/2004 6:20:26 AM PST by SamKeck
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To: lepton
bookmark bump
19 posted on 03/28/2004 6:34:07 AM PST by lepton
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To: kellynla
K: Thank you for simply pointing out that this article had been posted before, instead of acting like a nitwit.

Sopwith: Thank you so much for posting this again. It clearly deserves great attention.
20 posted on 03/28/2004 8:09:46 AM PST by AFPhys (My Passion review: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1089021/posts?page=13#13)
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To: sopwith
Krauthammer is syndicated by the Washington Post. Please excerpt next time. Thanks.
21 posted on 03/28/2004 8:54:39 AM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: ReleaseTheHounds
In this light, he did owe everyone an apology because HE COULD HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE AND HE CHOSE NOT TO

In relistening to Clarke in the 9/11 commission, I noticed he said more than once, that Iraq was always known to be harboring terrorists, and also Iran, and Syria.

It seems the dems would have a problem with that sort of testimony, as they mostly project that it was a bad idea to go to Iraq, and that Iraq clearly had nothing to do with 9/11.

My understanding is that the WOT is against even states that harbor terrorists.

For some reason, I keep getting the impression that his main idea was always to cut off the head, so to speak, by pounding the rubble and blowing up tents and jungle gyms. Haven't heard much about any comprehensive plan for going after terrorists wherever they are, as our current administration does and is.

Is also sickening that he got applause several times.

22 posted on 03/28/2004 9:20:50 AM PST by easonc52
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To: easonc52
... and to make my day lighter, after the C-SPAN replay of Clarke in the 9/11 commission, they are playing Senator Frist's entire statements to the Senate.

Frist also brings up an Emai Clarke sent to his supervisor during the time that we're still pulling bodies out of the rubble, and Frist says it was clearly aimed at throughing any blame away from him regarding the terrible 9/11 attack.

Frist has very carefully thought out what he is doing and saying regarding Clarke.

Bravo!!!

I did look for the transcript to share, but haven't found it yet. Sorry.

23 posted on 03/28/2004 9:36:23 AM PST by easonc52
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To: sopwith
Yes, and eight years of everyone being AWOL were under Clinton, right? Hello?
24 posted on 03/28/2004 2:28:02 PM PST by Seeing More Clearly Now
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