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(Clinton) Holdovers in addition to Clarke) Held Up Security Strategy ("MUST READ")
Insight Magazine ^ | March 29, 2004 | J. Michael Waller

Posted on 03/29/2004 11:10:44 PM PST by FairOpinion

When former White House counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke fingered President George W. Bush for having "botched the response to 9/11," he and other critics left out a major point: Until just two months before the attack, nearly all the senior counterterrorism and intelligence officials on duty at the time were holdovers from the Clinton administration.

From the CIA to the Pentagon to the National Security Council (NSC), Clinton holdovers populated the Bush administration's intelligence and counterterrorism community. While maintaining a seasoned cadre of nonpolitical career professionals in senior national-security posts is considered crucial for any administration, former senior government officials say keeping too many can be damaging to a president when the toughest decisions must be made.

Clarke was the type of man any president would want on his team. Or so it seemed until his stunning denunciations of President Bush and his closest defense and security advisers in Clarke's newly released kiss-and-tell book. One of the longest-serving staffers ever employed on the NSC, Clarke criticizes the former Clinton administration and trashes the current Bush administration in his revenge tale, Against All Enemies: Inside the White House's War on Terror. Afloat on a Niagara of publicity, the book is No.1 on the Amazon.com sales list.

In his numerous television and press interviews, as well as in testimony before a bipartisan panel investigating U.S. intelligence failures, Clarke is harsher against Bush and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, who demoted him after 9/11, than ever he indicated even in his hostile book. And while Clarke appears to be a righteously angry but often credible accuser, many of his longtime friends are saying publicly that his anti-Bush diatribe has cost him his credibility.

The Clarke drama is a textbook case of why presidents should put their own people in the most sensitive decisionmaking positions and be choosy about hanging on to officials who served in the previous administration, a former senior NSC official who has served both Democratic and Republican administrations tells Insight. This flaw in the way Rice staffed the NSC, friends of the president say, led to one of the weakest National Security Councils since the office was created at the dawn of the Cold War, with career foreign-service officers and other Clinton holdovers providing continuity with the past instead of supporting the new president's effort to craft policies consistent with his vision.

Insight often has reported on Clinton-era officials and Republican defectors who have tied Bush's national-security strategy in knots since the beginning of his presidency [see "Blinded Vigilance," Oct. 15, 2001; "Clinton Undead Haunting Pentagon," June 17, 2002; and "Democrats Subvert War Intelligence," Jan. 6-19]. Indeed, this magazine reported on Sept. 7, 2001, just four days before the terrorist attacks, that Clinton holdovers continued to run the U.S. intelligence community [see "Ground Down CIA Still in the Pit" at Insight online] without needed reforms to deal with post-Cold War threats such as international terrorism [see sidebar, p. 19]. Days after the carnage, even the president's most bellicose critics in Congress, including Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Carl Levin (D-Mich.), were on CNN saying as publicly as they could that they were reconsidering their long-held positions that limited the fight against the terrorist enemy and piously alluding to the need to repeal a post-Watergate executive order banning assassinations abroad.

At that point the president's own defense and security team was still taking shape. His top NSC special assistant for intelligence programs, Mary K. Sturtevant, had been on the job only eight weeks before the 9/11 attacks. For months, Sen. Levin personally had held up the confirmation hearings of Bush's appointees who were to design the U.S. antiterrorism strategy - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Programs J.D. Crouch and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman - refusing for apparently partisan purposes to allow them to take office until late July 2001. While Levin was holding up their appointments, the incoming Pentagon policy team had no legal or political authority to do their vital jobs - a fact that helps explain why it took eight months for the Bush administration to draw up a strategic operational plan to destroy al-Qaeda.

Making matters worse for the Pentagon leadership after 9/11 were the machinations of a network of senior Clinton political appointees who still held sensitive posts, including Peter F. Verga, Clinton's deputy undersecretary of defense for policy integration, which was a major intelligence post. Senior administration sources tell Insight that Verga made himself useful to the Rumsfeld team but beavered to curry favor at the top, in part by "sniping and playing bureaucratic games" to make life difficult for the incoming defense policy team. Even today the divisive Verga holds a senior homeland-security post at the Defense Department.

Under Clinton, Clarke held a Cabinet-level post as "counterterrorism czar." His powerful position gave him wide-ranging authority to task the intelligence community to focus on specific terrorist threats, and to be the lead point man in developing counterterrorism policy for the president, advising the president and ensuring execution of the policy his way.

He remained in that post until after the counterterrorism failures of 9/11 - failures he told the 9/11 commission were his own - and apparently was kept unaware of an aggressive strategy that the president's still-forming national-security team was developing to destroy al-Qaeda and kill Osama bin Laden and his followers. According to NSC Deputy National Security Adviser Steve Hadley, Bush had asked for a strategy to destroy al-Qaeda in the earliest days of his presidency. For whatever reason, Clarke gave no indication in his book or his recent public comments that he knew of such a plan, and indeed alleged the opposite. Vice President Richard Cheney told reporters that the failed Clarke "wasn't in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff."

Cheney's comment is consistent with previous news reports, which administration officials confirm, that the White House national-security process is unusually compartmented, so that even senior NSC officials would not necessarily know of secret strategic planning. Much of the reason, administration sources say, is because of the many Clinton holdovers in the top ranks of government who were from the start working to kill plans they didn't like by leaking them to left-wing media.

In October 2001, Rice demoted Clarke to a staff rank on the NSC and put him in charge of cybersecurity. Bush passed him over for an appointment as deputy secretary of the newly created Department of Homeland Security, according to White House spokesman Scott McClellan, whereupon the bristling Clarke began to boycott regular NSC meetings that Rice chaired. There was talk in the NSC of Clarke quitting just as his self-described "best friend," NSC Senior Director for Combating Terrorism Rand Beers, was readying to leave to become coordinator of national-security and homeland-security issues for Kerry's presidential campaign in early 2003. After leaving the NSC, Clarke and Beers became adjunct lecturers at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, coteaching a course called "Post-Cold War Security: Terrorism, Security and Failed States," according to a Harvard Website.

Some of those who have worked with Clarke have expressed surprise at his sudden vitriolic attacks. Rice and others on the NSC insist that Clarke never made known his present grievances on fighting al-Qaeda or preparations for the battle with Iraq while he was in the White House, or even afterward during the early weeks of the Iraq fighting, when Rice and Clarke met for lunch. The White House has released Clarke's January 2003 resignation letter, which expressed no dissatisfaction or concern about the president's policies.

"I really don't know what Richard Clarke's motivations are," Rice told CNN, "but I'll tell you this: Richard Clarke had plenty of opportunities to tell us in the administration that he thought the war on terrorism was moving in the wrong direction, and he chose not to." Rice went further in an op-ed for the Washington Post, noting that, contrary to what he is saying now, Clarke never presented her with a plan to go after al-Qaeda. "In response to my request for a presidential initiative, the counterterrorism team, which we had held over from the Clinton administration, suggested several ideas, some of which had been around since 1998 but had not been adopted. No al-Qaeda plan was turned over to the new administration," she emphasized.

One of the most controversial points of Clarke's book is his allegation that after 9/11, "The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and 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.' He came back at me and said, 'Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection,' and in a very intimidating way."

The White House says it has no record of Clarke and Bush being together at that time. Clarke produced his former deputy, Roger Cressey, as a witness, to verify that the conversation did indeed occur. But Cressey, when questioned by the New York Times, "backed off Mr. Clarke's suggestion that the president's tone was intimidating." Another unnamed witness said the same, according to the Times.

"He's a very dedicated public servant, he's very credible, but he's selling books," said John Lehman, a member of the 9/11 commission, in talking to MSNBC the day before Clarke testified. The next day during the hearing, Lehman was disturbed that Clarke, whom he says he has admired for years, was destroying his credibility. "You've got a real credibility problem," Lehman told Clarke during the testimony. "Because of my real, genuine, long-term admiration for you," he said, "I hope you'll resolve that credibility problem, because I'd hate to see you become totally shoved to one side during a presidential campaign as an active partisan selling a book."

Is Clarke trashing President Bush for partisan reasons? He says he isn't. He implies he voted Republican in 2000. But what about the years since? According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Clarke has been giving his money to Democratic friends - not Republicans - running for national office.

In 2002, while still on the Bush NSC, Clarke gave the legal maximum limit of $2,000 to a Democratic candidate for Congress, Steve Andreasen, who tried to unseat Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota. Andreasen had been director for defense policy and arms control on the Clinton NSC. In making his donations of $1,000 on July 22 and another $1,000 on Nov. 7, 2002, Clarke listed his occupation as "U.S. Government/Civil Servant," according to FEC records indexed with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Clarke maxed out again in the 2004 election cycle, donating $2,000 to another Clinton White House veteran, Jamie Metzl, who is running as a Democrat for Congress from Missouri. Metzl was a staffer on the Clinton NSC and worked for Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) as deputy staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. With that donation, made on Sept. 15, 2003, after his resignation from the Bush NSC, Clarke listed his occupation as "Self Employed/Consultant."

FEC records show that Clarke reported no political contributions when he worked in the Clinton administration in the electoral cycles of the 1990s and 2000, when he said he was a Republican.

J. Michael Waller is a senior writer for Insight.


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"The Clarke drama is a textbook case of why presidents should put their own people in the most sensitive decisionmaking positions and be choosy about hanging on to officials who served in the previous administration, "

BINGO!

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The article has an error:

"He implies he voted Republican in 2000."

From another article:

"Clarke said he voted for Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore in 2000, but "I'm not going to endorse John Kerry," Bush's presumptive opponent in November. "That's what the White House wants me to do. They want to say I'm part of the Kerry campaign."

http://www.saukvalley.com/286757695738052.bsp

And I think someone posted an interview of Clarke on TV, posting the actual quotes. If anyone remembers it, could you please post the link -- we need to let Insight Magazine know of the error in their otherwise excellent article.

1 posted on 03/29/2004 11:10:44 PM PST by FairOpinion
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To: doug from upland
ping
2 posted on 03/29/2004 11:12:35 PM PST by nutmeg (Why vote for Bush? Imagine Commander in Chief John Fin al-Qerry)
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To: FairOpinion
The frenzy to get CONDOLEEZA RICE to testify is
meant to degrade our President by giving the Democrats
the power to "call out" whomever they choose.

The other motive is to degrade a potential female rival
that could square off (and expose) Hillary Clinton
when "Her Royal Commie" runs for President.

-The Conspiring Clintons-

An Evil only Satan could love.

3 posted on 03/29/2004 11:17:08 PM PST by Joy Angela ( Hitlery *is* The Bad Seed)
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To: nutmeg
Clarke Refused to Testify in 1999,
Citing Same Reasons as Condi
[FR mentioned as first to unearth]

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1107531/posts?page=37
4 posted on 03/29/2004 11:17:58 PM PST by Joy Angela ( Hitlery *is* The Bad Seed)
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To: FairOpinion
Under Clinton, Clarke held a Cabinet-level post as "counterterrorism czar." His powerful position gave him wide-ranging authority to task the intelligence community to focus on specific terrorist threats, and to be the lead point man in developing counterterrorism policy for the president, advising the president and ensuring execution of the policy his way.

Too bad they spent more time trying to sink freedom of speech on the internet, instead of going after real terrorists. Yet another illustrious example of Clinton's legacy...

5 posted on 03/29/2004 11:23:11 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl (Until Kofi Annan rides the Jerusalem RTD....nothing will change.)
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To: FairOpinion; OXENinFLA; cyborg; lainie
Excellent article.
6 posted on 03/29/2004 11:33:33 PM PST by StriperSniper (Ernest Strada Fanclub)
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To: FairOpinion
When do Algore and Slick Willie testify under oath?
7 posted on 03/29/2004 11:33:44 PM PST by Mike Darancette (General - Alien Army of the Right (AAOTR))
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To: FairOpinion
I think he talked about being a Republican and voting for Gore in 2000 on Sunday's Tim Russert show.
8 posted on 03/29/2004 11:42:13 PM PST by Dr. Eckleburg (There are very few shades of gray.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg
Thanks -- with that info I found it. I didn't remember it was Russert.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1106797/posts

MR. RUSSERT: And we're back. Did you vote for George Bush in 2000?

MR. CLARKE: No, I did not.

MR. RUSSERT: You voted for Al Gore.

MR. CLARKE: Yes, I did.

MR. RUSSERT: In 2004 you'll vote for John Kerry?

MR. CLARKE: I'm not going to endorse John Kerry. That's what the White House wants me to do. And they want to say I'm part of the Kerry campaign. I've already pledged I'm not part of the Kerry campaign and I will not serve in the Kerry administration.

MR. RUSSERT: Will you vote for him?

MR. CLARKE: That's my business.


9 posted on 03/29/2004 11:46:58 PM PST by FairOpinion (Zell Miller (D):"Im on George Bushs side because hes on the side of the American people.")
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To: FairOpinion; MeekOneGOP; onyx; My2Cents; JohnHuang2; Dog Gone; Dog; isthisnickcool; OKSooner; ...
Please see that that information makes the rounds of your email lists. It is getting more obvious by the day that the lazy, biased media for the most part are not going to be reporting on factual information. The beltway and NY media seem to prefer reporting democRAT Talking point papers!
10 posted on 03/30/2004 12:01:25 AM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Support Bush-Cheney '04 -- Losing is not an Option!)
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To: PhiKapMom
Here is another article, where someone who was working side by side with Clarke debunks his lies. And amazingly enough it's in the NY Times.

Colleague of Ex-Official (Clarke) Disputes Part of Account

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1107729/posts

The official, Franklin C. Miller, who acknowledges that he was often a bureaucratic rival of Mr. Clarke, said in an interview on Monday that almost none of the conversations that Mr. Clarke, who was the counterterrorism chief, recounts in the first chapter of his book, "Against All Enemies," match Mr. Miller's recollection of events.

But then he disputed many of the most dramatic moments recalled by Mr. Clarke, from conversations with Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld to the question of whether another aide in the room was yelling out warnings that a plane could hit the White House in minutes. Efforts to reach Mr. Clarke on Monday through his publisher were unsuccessful.
11 posted on 03/30/2004 12:05:00 AM PST by FairOpinion (Zell Miller (D):"Im on George Bushs side because hes on the side of the American people.")
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To: FairOpinion
"The Clarke drama is a textbook case of why presidents should put their own people in the most sensitive decision making positions"

Worth repeating. I believe if you look back at the FR threads from the 2000 election, it was predicted by Freepers that the Clinton hold out people would turn out to be nothing but trouble, especially considering all the corruption of his administration. How could anyone even trust them?

As far as Condi Rice testifying, It looks to me like the rats aren't trying to resolve anything about 9/11, but are trying to blame Bush and the pubbies for it. Unfortunately the press is successfully spinning this to make Condi look bad.

I think now would be a good time to re-visit the memo that Sean Hannity has ( that was leaked to him), about the rats plans to use National Security committee to trash president Bush. As I recall, they came up with a plan (in the memo), that seems very similar to what is going on in the "hearings" today (i.e.find info that makes Bush look bad.)

It's also another example of their (rats) total disregard for our security. I don't think people got it at first, but now it will make more sense to them.

Since the Clintons were so "concerned" about terrorism, Why did they pardon terrorists?

12 posted on 03/30/2004 12:09:27 AM PST by fly_so_free (Never under estimate the treachery of the democrat party-Save USA vote a dem out of office)
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To: FairOpinion
Howlin said he admitted he voted for Gore on Meet the Press.
13 posted on 03/30/2004 12:17:07 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: fly_so_free
MAY 20?, 2002 Thursday AM : (IS DASCHLE PLOTTING AGAINST BUSH? ) During his press briefing with Capitol Hill reporters on Thursday morning, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle could barely contain the smile on his face as he discussed what he believed the Bush Administration knew about possible terrorist attacks prior to September 11. "I wouldn't know," Daschle said with a smile, adding quickly that he was never briefed on those issues by the White House, nor did he ever ask. Daschle should be smiling, and White House staffers know why. The initial leaks about the intelligence briefings President Bush received last August came from Democratic staffers on the Senate Intelligence Committee, not the FBI or the CIA as some on Capitol Hill would have us believe. According to one knowledgeable Senate source, the Senate and House intelligence committees received some of the briefing material prepared by the CIA for the president's daily review about three weeks ago. This, as part of their ongoing review of the CIA's analysis of potential terrorism threats leading up to September 11.
"It wouldn't be the kind [of intelligence information] the committee staffers would normally see in the course of their work," says the source. "Those briefings are limited to the White House, the President, the Vice President, Condi Rice, senators and representatives don't get those briefings. I don't know if the CIA intended for that material to end up here or not. It might have been an oversight. No matter now, the cat is out of the bag."
According to a senior Democratic Senate aide, the word has been out for more than six weeks that "We have to get Bush," says the source. "Daschle is absolutely desperate. Gephardt, I guess is absolutely desperate. Bush's polling numbers weren't moving down, he was bulletproof. Everyone was under orders to keep their eyes and ears open for anything we could use."
It's not clear whether Daschle was aware of the potentially explosive information prior to its being put in the hands of Washington reporters. "I'd be surprised if he did," says a senior Democratic leadership aide. "It isn't the kind of thing he's want to really see or know about beforehand. But we know someone friendly to our side did the leaking. We knew if we could get something out there, the media wouldn't try to put the leak into political perspective for the public, just the potential for a 'Briefing-gate.' And, as usual, the press did our job for us."- ''We Have to Get Bush,'' American Prowler, 5/20/02 , The Prowler

JANUARY 6, 2003 : (CAPITOL HILL BLUE ARTICLE : DEMOCRATS PLAN CAMPAIGN TO ATTACK BUSH) Democrats plan to undermine public confidence in President George W. Bush by challenging his credibility and raising doubts about America, sources within the party tell Capitol Hill Blue. A multi-pronged attack against Republicans and the President will focus not only on economic issues, but question American values, raise doubts about how this country is viewed by other nations and question the patriotism of Bush and his party. The extensive campaign, developed by senior Democratic consultants and party leaders, was launched last week with attacks on the Bush economic plan by Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Richard Gephardt.
In coming weeks, Democratic elected officials will question the President’s intentions on the pending war with Iraq.

Writers and broadcasters friendly to the Democratic cause have already been provided talking points suggesting the war is about oil, not terrorism. “The talking points were developed before the end of last year and sent out to operatives and friendly media,” one Democratic consultant confided. “No Democratic member of Congress will question the President’s patriotism openly but we will use the media and other surrogates to raise doubts.”
Capitol Hill Blue obtained a copy of the talking points when the Democratic National Committee sent them to a news outlet recently acquired by CHB’s parent company. The talking points outline a strategy to raise public doubts of the President’s real intentions, including:

--Saying the war is about oil and will be fought to benefit oil companies that have long supported Bush and the Republican party;

--Claiming the Bush administration has “manufactured” evidence against Saddam Hussein and used that evidence to encourage Britain and other allies to join the American fight against Iraq;

--Suggesting a wartime economy is the only way the administration can revive the country’s lagging economic situation.

“It is clear that the current approval ratings of the administration are tied directly to strong American feelings toward traditional values,” the talking points say. “To counter this, doubt must be raised as to America’s true position within the world community and the true intent of the Bush administration in waging war.”
Some Democrats admit privately they are uneasy with the party strategy to undermine American values in an attempt to get Bush. “My boss doesn’t want anything to do with it,” one senior Senate aide told Capitol Hill Blue on Monday. “You don’t undermine this country to win elections.”
Others, however, are willing to try anything to put the White House and Congress back under Democratic control. “The real war isn’t in Iraq,” one Democratic consultant said. “It’s right here at home, at the ballot box in 2004.”
Among the other points Democrats hope to make in the coming weeks:

--Both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney are controlled by oil and defense industry special interest groups. --The war on terrorism is a failure because Osama bin Laden is still at large.

--America is unprepared for another terrorist attack because of White House preoccupation with Iraq. --War will increase the country’s economic woes.

--Bush will be forced to raise taxes to finance the war.

“It’s time to take the battle to the people and make them understand just how dangerous George W. Bush’s policies are to the future of America,” the talking points conclude.
Democratic sources say the talking points were developed by Democratic Chairman Terry McAuliffe, former Clinton campaign strategist James Carville, Senate Majority Leader Daschle and former House Democratic Leader Gephardt.
“This is a classic, Jim Carville, scorched earth campaign,” crows one DNC staffer. “Take no prisoners. That’s how you win elections.” Democratic party spokesmen would not return phone calls seeking comment on this report.
- "Dems Plan to Undermine America to Beat Bush," by Doug Thompson, CapitolHillBlue, January 6, 2003

14 posted on 03/30/2004 12:41:17 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: FairOpinion
bump
15 posted on 03/30/2004 12:54:03 AM PST by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: FairOpinion
They are nothing more than another part of the demonrats obstruction plan.
16 posted on 03/30/2004 1:14:03 AM PST by fella
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To: FairOpinion
Bump for future reference.
17 posted on 03/30/2004 1:15:05 AM PST by FranklinsTower
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To: piasa
"--Saying the war is about oil and will be fought to benefit oil companies that have long supported Bush and the Republican party;
--Claiming the Bush administration has “manufactured” evidence against Saddam Hussein and used that evidence to encourage Britain and other allies to join the American fight against Iraq;"

Isn't this called treason?

18 posted on 03/30/2004 1:45:19 AM PST by Broadside Joe
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To: FairOpinion
How does the public go about opening an investigation into this kind of stuff? With the filibustering of judicial candidates, etc. These pols need to realize they are public servants, and WE ARE THEIR CONSTITUENTS!
19 posted on 03/30/2004 2:00:52 AM PST by Shery (S. H. in APOland)
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To: PhiKapMom
His top NSC special assistant for intelligence programs, Mary K. Sturtevant, had been on the job only eight weeks before the 9/11 attacks. For months, Sen. Levin personally had held up the confirmation hearings of Bush's appointees who were to design the U.S. antiterrorism strategy - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Programs J.D. Crouch and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman - refusing for apparently partisan purposes to allow them to take office until late July 2001. While Levin was holding up their appointments, the incoming Pentagon policy team had no legal or political authority to do their vital jobs - a fact that helps explain why it took eight months for the Bush administration to draw up a strategic operational plan to destroy al-Qaeda.

Sent to Levin with the added note that the blood of 9/11 victims is on his hands. What a disgusting, evil man.

20 posted on 03/30/2004 2:01:47 AM PST by Elkiejg (Clintons and Democrats have ruined America)
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To: Elkiejg
Making matters worse for the Pentagon leadership after 9/11 were the machinations of a network of senior Clinton political appointees who still held sensitive posts, including Peter F. Verga, Clinton's deputy undersecretary of defense for policy integration, which was a major intelligence post. Senior administration sources tell Insight that Verga made himself useful to the Rumsfeld team but beavered to curry favor at the top, in part by "sniping and playing bureaucratic games" to make life difficult for the incoming defense policy team. Even today the divisive Verga holds a senior homeland-security post at the Defense Department.

Sent this to Rummy and GW.........WILL THEY CLEAN HOUSE NOW???

21 posted on 03/30/2004 2:05:57 AM PST by Elkiejg (Clintons and Democrats have ruined America)
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To: FairOpinion
I heard an explanation of Clarke's claim to be a Republican on Brit Hume's show. Clarke said that he voted in a primary election in Virginia most recently and since the only primary at that time was Republican, he was inferring that he was a Republican, but it was pointed out that many Democrats crossed over to vote in that primary and that it meant nothing.
22 posted on 03/30/2004 2:15:00 AM PST by Eva
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To: PhiKapMom
bttt
23 posted on 03/30/2004 2:30:43 AM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: FairOpinion
Simply amazing that to the democrats, everything is purely political. To them politics, lies and getting on TV are what it is all about. The safety of the citizens of this great country take second place to their political ambitions.

Life is mostly froth and bubble. Two things stand like stone. Kindness in another's troubles, Courage in your own.

24 posted on 03/30/2004 2:42:26 AM PST by Dustbunny
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To: Joy Angela
Clarke's not being allowed to testify was mentioned by Sean last night on H&C, and has been mentioned on Fox & Friends this morning. Is it on any other networks? (Sorry, I don't listen to them.)
25 posted on 03/30/2004 3:44:06 AM PST by mathluv (Protect my grandchildren's future. Vote for Bush/Cheney '04.)
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To: Elkiejg
You might considered sending it to the "talking heads" too!
26 posted on 03/30/2004 5:11:14 AM PST by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: FairOpinion; PhiKapMom
Bttt!
27 posted on 03/30/2004 5:15:50 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ("(We)..come to rout out tyranny from its nest. Confusion to the enemy." - B. Taylor, US Marine)
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To: fly_so_free; jmstein7
I think now would be a good time to re-visit the memo that Sean Hannity has ( that was leaked to him), about the rats plans to use National Security committee to trash president Bush. As I recall, they came up with a plan (in the memo), that seems very similar to what is going on in the "hearings" today (i.e.find info that makes Bush look bad.)

Are you referring to the Rockefeller Senate Intelligence Committee memo? That was what I was thinking...they were planning to selectively declassify information that they could then use during the campaign against President Bush--IN WARTIME--to help defeat him.

Just for the record I don't think it will work, but I DO still think it's treason, as Zell Miller said, at the time.

28 posted on 03/30/2004 5:25:09 AM PST by Judith Anne (Is life a paradox? Well, yes and no...)
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To: FairOpinion
What kind of anti-terrorism czar would vote for Al Gore?

Only a traitor.

This scumbag was at the helm when terrorists attacked America without retaliation during the Clinton-Gore years, and he wanted to continue the legacy?

This guy is a paid enemy of America.
29 posted on 03/30/2004 5:39:59 AM PST by Enduring Freedom (Start buyin' before the boom leaves you cryin' - LANDSLIDE! BUSH 2004!)
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To: FairOpinion
In his numerous television and press interviews...

Danged fool, putting his book above the security of the nation. One nation, undivided is no more. The RATS have succeeded where AQ and Saddam have failed and that is to tear apart any unity we had after Clinton embarrassing administration. This is disgusting.

30 posted on 03/30/2004 5:41:34 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: FairOpinion
Great article... particularly this paragraph:

Cheney's comment [that Clarke was out of the loop concerning the development of the more comprehensive strategy] is consistent with previous news reports, which administration officials confirm, that the White House national-security process is unusually compartmented, so that even senior NSC officials would not necessarily know of secret strategic planning. Much of the reason, administration sources say, is because of the many Clinton holdovers in the top ranks of government who were from the start working to kill plans they didn't like by leaking them to left-wing media.

Let's face it: Bush and Condi were way too accommodating in allowing all the Clinton holdovers to stick around. Especially with the Demos (Kerry, Levin) slow-rolling the process of getting the Bush team on board. There was a legitimate fear that any strategy they developed that the Clintonoid appeasers would disagree with would be flushed through the liberal media spin-cycle (good reason to be concerned).

I'm now of the opinion that Condi should go before the Commission under oath and in public and TELL ALL. Just as the Demos dared Bush to "make his case" in 2002, they'll rue the day they asked Condi to appear in public. The sniveling Clarke will be cringing in the corner like the pip-squeak rat he is.

31 posted on 03/30/2004 5:43:11 AM PST by ReleaseTheHounds
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To: Elkiejg
Sent to Levin with the added note that the blood of 9/11 victims is on his hands.

There are many who played games to divide the nation who have blood on their hands. Their games killed not only 3000 but every one of our soldiers who have risked their lives these last 10 years.

32 posted on 03/30/2004 5:53:00 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: mathluv
Clarke's not being allowed to testify was mentioned by Sean last night on H&C

That's good. Thanks to whomever posted it here yesterday because Sean was talking about only Rice testifying so I sent him the tread. I heard just a mention of it on F&F this AM. It needs to be brought out.

33 posted on 03/30/2004 5:57:12 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: mtbopfuyn
No where have I seen it said that "Bush and CO did the responsible thing by keeping experienced/knowledgeable people in position of National Security until their people were confirmed and/or "trained".

It would have been totally irresponsible to send everyone home and leave the jobs vacant.....Unfortunately many of those who were kept choose to place political loyalty above national security...They should be exposed and their feet should be held to the fire. (among other things)
34 posted on 03/30/2004 6:00:43 AM PST by hoosiermama (prayers for all)
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To: Mike Darancette
They will testify behind closed doors,unsworn..
35 posted on 03/30/2004 6:02:25 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: N8VTXNinWV
Ping!
36 posted on 03/30/2004 6:04:20 AM PST by shezza
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To: MEG33
Unsworn, and no official transcript, either. Go figure.
37 posted on 03/30/2004 6:05:43 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: PhiKapMom; onyx; PhilDragoo; devolve
Afloat on a Niagara of publicity, the book is No.1 on the Amazon.com sales list.

Oh, sure ! But how long can Michael Moore, Al Franken, Babs et al keep it up ??


38 posted on 03/30/2004 6:08:13 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: mewzilla
I'm hearing that the commission members say Rice must be sworn if she is to rebut Clarke's sworn testimony.Perhaps a transcript released,says the White House but the commission wants the sworn statement.

Banging of heads..The Clash of the Titans..The War of the Worlds!..Is Clarke's testimony really more about his perceptions and less about facts that require being rebutted under oath?

Is this more about keeping the news shows' numbers up than about how we can see the past errors and prevent those same errors in the future?
39 posted on 03/30/2004 6:17:27 AM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: FairOpinion
He [Clarke] remained in that post until after the counterterrorism failures of 9/11 - failures he told the 9/11 commission were his own - and apparently was kept unaware of an aggressive strategy that the president's still-forming national-security team was developing to destroy al-Qaeda and kill Osama bin Laden and his followers. According to NSC Deputy National Security Adviser Steve Hadley, Bush had asked for a strategy to destroy al-Qaeda in the earliest days of his presidency. For whatever reason, Clarke gave no indication in his book or his recent public comments that he knew of such a plan, and indeed alleged the opposite. Vice President Richard Cheney told reporters that the failed Clarke "wasn't in the loop, frankly, on a lot of this stuff."

Cheney's comment is consistent with previous news reports, which administration officials confirm, that the White House national-security process is unusually compartmented, so that even senior NSC officials would not necessarily know of secret strategic planning. Much of the reason, administration sources say, is because of the many Clinton holdovers in the top ranks of government who were from the start working to kill plans they didn't like by leaking them to left-wing media.

Good enough reason to thin the herd, wouldn't one think ? Sheesh ! These folks are supposed to be on OUR side ? Trash 'em, the sooner the better ...


40 posted on 03/30/2004 6:17:43 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: FairOpinion
With people like Lehman on their team, the democrats cannot lose.
41 posted on 03/30/2004 6:21:58 AM PST by cynicom
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To: FairOpinion
Congress had a hand in this too...according to the articles I have found, the budget blueprint to beef up intelligence was unveiled by Bush in Feb 2001. The following article indicates that Congress did not act on it until Sep 14 2001.

The FY 2002 Intelligence Budget: A Five-Year Plan

The budget request submitted by the President includes a substantial increase for programs funded in the National Foreign Intelligence Program. The Committee believes this funding increase should represent the first installment of a five-year effort to correct serious deficiencies that have developed over the past decade in the Intelligence Community.

In this budget, the Committee seeks to highlight four priority areas that must receive significant attention in the near term if intelligence is to fulfill its role in our national security strategy. Those are:

Revitalizing the National Security Agency (NSA)

Correcting deficiencies in human intelligence

Addressing the imbalance between intelligence collection and analysis, and

Rebuilding a robust research and development program.

The budget lays out a five-year plan for addressing each of these areas.

Source (warning: slow loading .pdf file)

42 posted on 03/30/2004 6:26:51 AM PST by ravingnutter
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To: yall
He's giving $$ to 'RATS, and it's possible he's even lying about voting GOP.

Is Clarke trashing President Bush for partisan reasons? He says he isn't. He implies he voted Republican in 2000. But what about the years since? According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records, Clarke has been giving his money to Democratic friends - not Republicans - running for national office.

In 2002, while still on the Bush NSC, Clarke gave the legal maximum limit of $2,000 to a Democratic candidate for Congress, Steve Andreasen, who tried to unseat Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota. Andreasen had been director for defense policy and arms control on the Clinton NSC. In making his donations of $1,000 on July 22 and another $1,000 on Nov. 7, 2002, Clarke listed his occupation as "U.S. Government/Civil Servant," according to FEC records indexed with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Clarke maxed out again in the 2004 election cycle, donating $2,000 to another Clinton White House veteran, Jamie Metzl, who is running as a Democrat for Congress from Missouri. Metzl was a staffer on the Clinton NSC and worked for Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del.) as deputy staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. With that donation, made on Sept. 15, 2003, after his resignation from the Bush NSC, Clarke listed his occupation as "Self Employed/Consultant."

FEC records show that Clarke reported no political contributions when he worked in the Clinton administration in the electoral cycles of the 1990s and 2000, when he said he was a Republican.


43 posted on 03/30/2004 6:29:10 AM PST by MeekOneGOP (The Democrats say they believe in CHOICE. I have chosen to vote STRAIGHT TICKET GOP for years !!)
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To: FairOpinion
It's also a textbook case as to why no one should ever trust a dim!

"Clarke listed his occupation as "Self Employed/Consultant."

Now he's an unemployed douche bag with zero credibility, no integrity, and a capital "L" tatooed on his forehead!

44 posted on 03/30/2004 6:40:03 AM PST by wingster
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Outstanding piece BTW! It should be required reading for anyone voting.
45 posted on 03/30/2004 6:40:47 AM PST by wingster
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To: Mike Darancette
"When do Algore and Slick Willie testify under oath?"

Slick Willy only "testifies" under desks! Can I get an AMEN!

46 posted on 03/30/2004 6:41:56 AM PST by wingster
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Perhaps the most damning part of all:

"For months, Sen. Levin personally had held up the confirmation hearings of Bush's appointees who were to design the U.S. antiterrorism strategy - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Programs J.D. Crouch and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman - refusing for apparently partisan purposes to allow them to take office until late July 2001. While Levin was holding up their appointments, the incoming Pentagon policy team had no legal or political authority to do their vital jobs - a fact that helps explain why it took eight months for the Bush administration to draw up a strategic operational plan to destroy al-Qaeda."

47 posted on 03/30/2004 6:43:43 AM PST by wingster
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To: mathluv; ALOHA RONNIE; Pagey
The tragedy of this Rice Lynching is that truth of this
event is only known to those who are able to see the
flock of Democrat Vultures pulling at the rope!

The Democrats, led by Head-Vulture Hillary Clinton
are smelling blood and gleeful about it, too.

But, most of us, who are getting our propaganda from the Main Media are unaware. The "Media Whores" are shouting spin-bits designed to prompt "outrage" from the common person who knows no better.

Poor souls who don't realize they are being used for the sake of America's Enemies!

The Battle for Freedom
is being Played Out
on TV and in our Living Rooms.

Will TRUTH Prevail?

President Bush has met
the Ultimate Enemy in Hillary.

And that Enemy is called EVIL.

48 posted on 03/30/2004 6:44:54 AM PST by Joy Angela ( Hitlery *is* The Bad Seed)
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To: ravingnutter
Congress has a lot to answer for. They not only slacked off, they were and are an integral part of the problem.
49 posted on 03/30/2004 7:12:10 AM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: FairOpinion
This is an excellent article indeed. Thank you.
50 posted on 03/30/2004 7:41:12 AM PST by mtntop3 ("Those who must know before they believe will never come to full knowledge.")
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