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Why Bush really demoted Richard Clarke
http://www.cashill.com/terrorism/obama4_whybush.htm ^ | 1/17/2008 | Jack Cashill

Posted on 01/20/2008 3:37:10 PM PST by Sioux-san

Why Bush really demoted Richard Clarke

by Jack Cashill

This is the fourth in a six-part series detailing the risks to American national security if Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton) should ever choose to let Richard Clarke back into government. Clarke is currently one of Obama’s top national security advisors.

“When George Bush came into office, though he kept Clarke on at the White House, he stripped him of his cabinet level rank.”

So lamented Leslie Stahl during the March 2004 60 Minutes profile that would make Richard Clarke ace crowd surfer in the intellectual mosh pit of the anti-war left .

For all anguished headbanging since, there was never any reason to lament. Documents I have received this week from a high level source suggest why Clarke was so stripped.

In reality, his demotion had less to do with Bush’s negligence, as Clarke and others have implied, than with Clarke’s own perceived incompetence.

(Excerpt) Read more at cashill.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 20010122; 20010124; 60minutes; 911; abledanger; abramowicz; barackhusseinobama; cashill; chrisshays; christophershays; clarke; geostrategicanalysis; huessy; jackcashill; lesliestahl; mediabias; mortabramowicz; obama; p11; petehuessy; peterhuessy; richardclarke; shays; stahl; terrorism; waronterror; wot
Excerpt - full story on Cashill's website along with Parts 1-4
1 posted on 01/20/2008 3:37:12 PM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san
When committee members asked if Clarke had prepared a “comprehensive strategy to combat terrorism,” the notoriously patronizing Clarke blew them off.

It was “silly” to believe such a strategy could be developed, said Clarke, “belittling” the committee for daring to pose the question.

“If there are no clear requirements or plan,” Shays asked in obvious disgust, “how does the administration prioritize the $12.9 billion it intends to spend” on counter-terrorism and related activities?

This is an outstanding piece.

Thanks.

2 posted on 01/20/2008 3:48:44 PM PST by Zechariah11
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To: Sioux-san

Great find!


3 posted on 01/20/2008 3:55:17 PM PST by SouthTexas
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To: Sioux-san

Clarke: Imcompetent or merely a traitor?


4 posted on 01/20/2008 3:55:23 PM PST by Waco
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To: Waco

Fool.


5 posted on 01/20/2008 4:04:32 PM PST by DB
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To: Zechariah11

In their book The Age of Sacred Terror, former Clinton NSC bigwigs Daniel Benjamin and Steven Simon note (page 232) that Clarke had been fired by SecState Baker only to be saved by Brent Scowcroft who got him a job at the NSC. He was only one of three bureaucrats that held onto their jobs as Clinton moved into office. He seems to have been thoroughly detested by many at the White House, just as he was at the Department of State where he had made his reputation as INR (Intelligence and Research)Director Mort Abramowicz’s toady.


6 posted on 01/20/2008 4:05:58 PM PST by Melchior
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Jack Cashill used to be a talk show host in KC, and I’ve always liked him a lot.

Most recently, around Christmas while Chris Stigall was on vacation, Jack hosted the morning show. Brought back a lot of memories.

Mark


7 posted on 01/20/2008 4:07:10 PM PST by MarkL
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To: Waco
"Clarke: Imcompetent or merely a traitor?"

How about both?

8 posted on 01/20/2008 4:11:47 PM PST by mass55th
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To: Sioux-san
his demotion had less to do with Bush’s negligence, as Clarke and others have implied, than with Clarke’s own perceived incompetence

A fed intell agent is an oxymoron. Read Shadow Warriors, there Timmerman has this numbskull's number. He no more saw 9-11 coming than a blind, spavined broke-d!ck mule. Only that one retired FBI agent (who was ironically killed in the collaspe of the WTC) realized what was coming. The Clinton admin wasn't listening to his repeated warnings about a coming major terror event, including this discredited boob.
9 posted on 01/20/2008 4:11:58 PM PST by attiladhun2 (Islam is a despotism so vile that it would warm the heart of Orwell's Big Brother)
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To: Waco

“Clarke: Imcompetent or merely a traitor?”

Yes.


10 posted on 01/20/2008 4:15:48 PM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: Fedora
I know it's from Cashill, but here's a nice tidbit of data...

This is the fourth in a six-part series detailing the risks to American national security if Barack Obama (or Hillary Clinton) should ever choose to let Richard Clarke back into government. Clarke is currently one of Obama’s top national security advisors.

Is the VIPS crew on Obama's team this time too?

11 posted on 01/20/2008 4:18:10 PM PST by piasa (Attitude Adjustments Offered Here Free of Charge)
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To: piasa

Based on the last campaign, we know VIPS will be courting various candidates, so very likely, I’d guess.


12 posted on 01/20/2008 4:27:57 PM PST by Fedora
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To: Melchior

This completely incompetent Clarke became a hero for the Left. No surprise, since they value having the correct political opinions over competence. And he became a darling of the 9/11 Commission. Incompetents recognizing a fellow incompetent.


13 posted on 01/20/2008 4:52:33 PM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: Sioux-san
>> “You can put your boots in the oven but that don’t make them biscuits.”<<

Tag line for sale. Inquire within.

14 posted on 01/20/2008 4:55:55 PM PST by shove_it (and have a nice day)
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To: Fedora

Nothing is more annoying than a bunch of failed former bureaucrats posing as experts. Experts at what? Making a living off the Federal payroll?


15 posted on 01/20/2008 4:57:46 PM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: Waco

Given Clarke’s record of failing to prevent a single terrorist attack, incompetent, certainly. Traitor is over the top.


16 posted on 01/20/2008 5:18:16 PM PST by popdonnelly (Get Reid. Salazar, and Harkin out of the Senate.)
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To: mass55th
I knew Clark was a worthless moron as soon as I heard him speak. How does such an untalented dunce get put in a position of such importance? He isn’t qualified to mop the bathroom floors in any intelligence agency.
17 posted on 01/20/2008 5:20:41 PM PST by peeps36 (OUTLAWED WORDS--INSURGENT,GLOBAL WARMING,UNDOCUMENTED WORKER,PALESTINIAN,TERMINATED PREGNANCY)
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To: Sioux-san
Every time I read an article like this I am reminded of the real problem facing conservatives in the United States - an irresponsible, biased, lazy, and incompetent media. What happened to objective journalists who desire to discover the truth so much that they will dig until they find it and then have the integrity to report the facts rather than their own political spin on them?
18 posted on 01/20/2008 6:00:14 PM PST by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: Sioux-san

Something always struck me as weird about the Clarke stuff. It just wasn’t like the Bush administration to brush off serious warnings. Now we know why.


19 posted on 01/20/2008 6:12:10 PM PST by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: peeps36

Unfortunately, most of Clinton’s appointees were untalened dunces, and quite a few were recommended by Hillary. Ten to one, if she ever gets into the White House, I’m sure she’d nominate a woman to serve as Secretary of Defense. And with a Democrat Congress, she just might pull it off.


20 posted on 01/20/2008 6:12:51 PM PST by mass55th
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To: Sioux-san
Is Clark still on Fox's payroll? it says volumes about that network that he ever was.
21 posted on 01/20/2008 6:47:27 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: All

“Richard Clarke, Fraud”
http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2004/03/006178.php


22 posted on 01/20/2008 7:12:05 PM PST by PghBaldy
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To: Sioux-san

bfl


23 posted on 01/20/2008 9:24:52 PM PST by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: Sioux-san
“What [Bush has] done after 9/11 has made us less safe,” Clarke continued. “Absolutely.”...I seem to remember that Clarke expressed extreme displeasure with the fact that Clinton wanted to treat the terrorist threat as a law enforcement matter and was happy that President Bush saw it as an issue of us being at war - and yet Clarke insists that Bush made us "less safe" - strange.....

"a sycophant and blowhard" are a few of the terms Cashill applied to Clarke during a recent talk on C-Span2...right on.....

24 posted on 01/20/2008 9:30:52 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: srmorton

Truth tellers are out there - Buzz Patterson come to mind - I’ve never seen him on Prime Time MSM for obvious reasons.


25 posted on 01/21/2008 4:53:13 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: mass55th

Competency was never a criteria for the Clinton Administration - just sycophantic loyalty borne of fear of the lethal hand of the Clintons if you ever cross them.


26 posted on 01/21/2008 4:54:27 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san
That was my point. There ARE truth tellers as your excellent article points out. The problem IS the MSM - which is all that most people read or listen to. You and I know the truth because we read FR, listen to Rush, etc. If the MSM was responsible, the truth about the Clintons would have been revealed long ago. Instead, the US might be faced with the disaster of another Clinton presidency.
27 posted on 01/21/2008 6:18:42 AM PST by srmorton (Choose life!)
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To: peeps36

Clarke was an innocuous politico-military analsyst when he was chosen by Mort Abramowitz, chief of the State Department’s Intelligence and Research office, to do his office dirty work. Clarke, who seemingly had no proclivity for women or good times, spent long hours at a job he enjoyed and was a thoroughly detested individual. Abramowitz would later return the favor by giving Clarke a boost up the ladder at State. As noted in the previous posting, he was later dumped by Baker “who fired him for appearing to condone” the illicit Israeli transfew of US technology to the Chinese. Wyy he was saved by Scowcroft, who worked hand in hand with Baker, is a mystery that has never been resolved.


28 posted on 01/21/2008 7:32:58 AM PST by Melchior
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To: Melchior

The only thing that I can come up with Scowcroft et.al. is that those folks are the “stabilists.” They like things just the way they are and Bush 2 upset that balance by invading Iraq. Baker has lots to lose, too, due to all his connections with the Muslim leaders of OPEC. What makes me crazy is the paradox of Bush leaving our southern border wide open and ignoring the ongoing invasion by the Mexican military, drug dealers using the poor people who flee the horrible life in Mexico as shills. Go figure.


29 posted on 01/21/2008 9:22:05 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Sioux-san
This reminds me of that hilarious drama about the leadup to 9-11 where Richard Clark was potrayed as the "one that knew the score".

LOL!

30 posted on 01/21/2008 9:29:22 AM PST by AU72
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To: Gator113
Cashill is very correct about Clarke: he is incompetent.

I remember Ann Coulter had an article a few years back when this hack was shilling his book on "59 minutes". It had a listing of all the terrorist incidents and it kept on repeating; "Richard Clarke, did nothing".

31 posted on 01/21/2008 9:42:00 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: Gator113

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1109151/posts

Ann Coulter...


32 posted on 01/21/2008 9:52:31 AM PST by KC_Conspirator
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To: KC_Conspirator

THAT was classic!! Thanks for the link.


33 posted on 01/21/2008 10:30:01 AM PST by Gator113 (My short list..Fred, Hunter, Romney.)
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To: Sioux-san

I believe that ever since Bush got religion and joined the cultish and left-wing United Methodist Church he has a tendency to believe that one must love indiscriminately all of humanity — pootie poot, Muslims, Hugo Chavez, the Palestinian killers, the Saudi Wahhabites, Mexican drugrunners — to achieve redemption. Personally, I wish he were still on the bottle.


34 posted on 01/22/2008 6:48:48 AM PST by Melchior
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To: Melchior

Bush knew he was an anointed one when he was still at Yale. Didn’t matter how drunk and obnoxious he acted, right up and past his own father’s inauguration. I don’t think our character changes much as we grow older - we just get better at hiding our demons. Bush and the Saudi king are still holding hands (literally) -the fix is in - Bush 1 & 2 and Clinton all support the same cause- One World with no sovereign nations remaining. Tell Putin and PRC to join in on that party - Hah...not likely.

Clarke is just a useful idiot who will say and do whatever he thinks will keep him in the loop. He was perfect for the Clinton administration because of his willingness to lie and deceive (TWA 800 comes to mind). Ol’ Bubba could care less about anything but himself - this little video tells the tale:
http://www.breitbart.tv/html/33364.html


35 posted on 01/22/2008 8:05:43 AM PST by Sioux-san
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To: Melchior
Brent Scowcroft

That name keeps popping up in the strangest places, what is his gig?

36 posted on 01/22/2008 8:14:43 AM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts

You will find the genesis of Scowcroft in Henry Kissinger’s “White House Years”. His name appears only once, but what an appearance (page 1156). Henry the K called the Brigadier General “a brilliant officer who later became my deputy.” And the rest, as they say, is history.


37 posted on 01/22/2008 3:13:51 PM PST by Melchior
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