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Tom Clancy transcript from O'Reilly Factor
O'Reilly factor | 9/20/01 | kcpopps

Posted on 09/20/2001 9:05:32 PM PDT by kcpopps

O'Reilly: You know I thought of you, as I told you in the break, about an hour after that happened, because I'm a big fan, and I have Debt of Honor The Passage  right here, - it is so close to what really happened. and my question in my mind was, if Tom Clancy can write about this and put forth a very plausible scenario - and I know all the Intelligence guys in the United States read your books- why weren't they more, why wasn't there more urgency to make it more difficult to do what happened?
Clancy: Bill that's the price you pay for living in a free society as we have today. If you want to go be like the Soviet Union where it was illegal for example to take a photo of a train station, just, you know you can restrict our civil liberties that far but end up being like the Soviet Union was, and that was a failure.

O'Reilly: But the airline security situation, was abysmal and now we're going to change it and now, we'll have impenetrable doors and better screening devices, but you know in your book, you made it... you laid it out how this could happen and unfortunately, it happened
Clancy: Well it was a very different scenario in my book and it had very littel to do with this, I rather doubt that Osama bin Laden is a Tom Clancy fan

O'Reilly: But you must know... that the way you laid it out was pretty eerie. Now when you researched your book, and you research all you books, thats why lots of people read them because they're very realistic, and you get into the nuts and bolts of things... did you see weaknesses that terrorists could exploit in this country?
Clancy:
Uh, no, in my case the terrorist in question was an airline pilot who worked the air traffic control system - these guys just evaded that completely, and in fact when the continental air defense sighted this, one or two F-15's out of Otis Air Force Base out of Cape Cod actually rolled off into the air when the first of the towers was hit and was about 70 miles from New York when the second tower was hit, so the Air Force was on the case about as well as they possibly could have been, given the circumstances.

O'Reilly: Do you believe that our defenses against terrorism were weak?
Clancy:
You can't mount surface to air missle batteries on office buildings. You just can't do it Bill.

O'Reilly: But compared to El Al for example, our security on the airlines is nowhere near what theirs is... 
Clancy:
Yeah but do we want to emulate Israel in everything we do? I don't think so. (something?) talking about the Mossad and how great they are, well maybe so but the Mossad's been whacking people for 30 years and they're still at war. So their tactic is ineffective in achieving the goal, which is a happy and peaceful state of affairs for the State of Israel, it just hasn't happened. We do not want to emulate Mossad.

O'Reilly: Allright. Now, the Intelligence Agencies have been critisized here, uh...
Clancy:
No they're all, they're - Bill, the Intellegince Agencies are always criticised by the people who crippled them to begin with

O'Reilly: Allright but are they crippled, that was my question...Do you believe they're crippled?
Clancy:
They were crippled in the 1970's when Senator Frank Church held his hearings about the CIA attempts to kill Castro. Which he didn't say was run by Robert F. Kennedy. You have to remember only good things came out of Camelot , so you can't say the Kennedys were trying to do this.

O'Reilly: So as far back as the 70's, you believe that the capability to of US Intelligence being impaired by politicians.
Clancy:
The CIA's Director of Operations, which generates what we call human intelligence and the DO, Director of Operations, (something?) the actual field spooks that actually go out into the field and talk to people to get human intelligence information, they were gutted, first as a result of the Church Committee, and secondly by Stansfield Turner who was appointed by Jimmy Carter in the late 70's. That capability Bill, has never been re-established. And it takes 10 years to build it up.

O'Reilly: Was there a reason why Turner and Carter wanted a weaker Intelligence?
Clancy:
It's politically correct.

O'Reilly: Simple as that?
Clancy:
I think so. The political left, they deal in symbols rather than reality. The general difference between conservatives and liberals is that liberals like pretty pictures and conservatives like to build bridges that people can drive across. And conservatives are indeed conservative because if the bridge falls down then people die, whereas the liberals figure, we can always build a nice memorial and make people forget it ever happened and was our fault. They're very good at making people forget it was their fault. Allright? The CIA was gutted by people on the political left who don't like Intelligence operations... and as a result of that, as an indirect result of that, we lost 5,000 citizens last week.

O'Reilly: How about the FBI... they don't seem to be nearly as efficient and effective as they used to be... same situation?
Clancy:
Disagree. The FBI is one of our premier agencies...and they've developed a whole lot of information in this case already,... they're probably the best police agency in the whole world... but you know... a police agency by its very nature is reactive rather than proactive. It's not an intelligence gathering organization - it reacts to crimes, investigates crimes.  

O'Reilly:  ... one of the charges of the FBI is to protect us from internal terrorism... as you know...
Clancy:
...they're awfully good at it...

O'Reilly: ...well, and they were clueless this time, and then they had the big spy that was operating for 15 years for Russia, and they had all the problems in the agency with Mr. Clinton, and they couldn't get a straight answer out of him, ummm, I don't know I'm not there.
Clancy:
OK Bill, hang on, how perfect is the news media?

O'Reilly: Not perfect at all... but our charge isn't to protect anybody...
Clancy:
The trouble with any human institution is that it's vulnerable to imperfections... there aren't too many perfect people in the world

O'Reilly: So you are confident that the FBI is up to protecting us internally?
Clancy:
ohhh, they're the best in the world... without a doubt.

O'Reilly: OK. Now, I've been banging this drum for more than a year and I did a talking points tonight on it, is that the borders are so chaotic, and they're not secure and we're very vulnerable from both Canad and Mexico, for people who want to bring stuff in and want to come in here, and the INS can't control it. Am I wrong there?
Clancy:
No... its one of the problems...one of the consequences of living in a free and open society. You know the Statue of Liberty stands and invites people in...she's not holding a machine gun to keep people away...

O'Reilly: but it's a changing world now, it's not like it was at the turn of the century... it's now...people want to hurt us...
Clancy:
Bill... if we change our society because of what some lunatics do to us, then the lunatics win. The object of a terrorist is to create political change in the society that he targets, if we change the terrorist wins... if we keep to our principles and we remember that we are the United States of America, we win.

O'Reilly: But what if we improve Mr. Clancy, you wrote a book on drug trafficking... I'm telling you, if you put the military on the southern border, you stop a lot of that drug trafficking - it might go somewhere else - but you'd also stop a lot of the chaos down there...there's no will to do that. And I don't think that infringes on any Americans rights at all.
Clancy:
Our border with Mexico is what... about 2000 miles...because of all the ...convolutions...how many troops is it going to take to secure that?

O'Reilly: I don't know, but you can do a better job than what they're doing... which is a terrible job... and it's not their fault - border patrol is outmanned, they can't do it, INS can't do it, see what I'm saying, if we can improve because of this...
Clancy:
Bill... when you have the military perform a police function what you get is a disaster....

O'Reilly: ...there in three countries now...Kosovo, Bosnia and Korea... we're guarding their borders...
Clancy:
Korea is a true military function...you don't use soldiers to be cops because soldiers don't know how to be cops... you have policemen to be policemen and soldiers to be soldiers...they're differnt functions. The Brits tried to to that in northern Ireland using the British army in a police capacity and it was a disaster...

O'Reilly: OK but most nations have military presence on their borders, as you know, and I we could train our soldiers to go down there and do that job. Not to take it over, but just to be a presence down there to help the border patrol.
Clancy:
Do you want American soldiers killing Mexicans just because they want to work..

O'Reilly: No. I want them stopping them from coming in... if they come in turn them around and send them back.
Clancy:
Bill soldiers don't arrest people, soldiers kill people. That's their function.

O'Reilly: Well we can change that though... there are peacekeeping missions...you know, I mean, you're kinda a black & white guy Tom, and I like that a little bit, but I'm saying we got a big problem with the border here, and if we don't solve it we got more terrorist stuff because theyre going to come in, through the border...
Clancy:
Maybe but...Ok if you can figure out how a gal can be half pregnant,... it just doesn't work that way, its never worked that way.... 

O'Reilly: So you don't see anything we can do with the borders ate all?
Clancy:
As a practical matter, no...the way you close off the border with Mexico more prosperous so Americans go down there to work.

O'Reilly: Yeah we can't make Mexico more prosperous that's up to Mexico, but I'm not as fatalistic as you are. Do you expect more terrorist activity in the united states?
Clancy:
Honestly I wouldn't be surprised, uh I am not entirely convinced that there were only four aircrafts targeted last week. There may well have been one or two more that were targeted for additional uhm suicide missions.

O'Reilly: Yeah looks like they grabbed some guys in Detroit that were back up guys that were supposed to do something but..so you wouldn't be surprised if something else happens here?
Clancy:
No we're up against a formidable adversary this I don't know if Osama bin Laden is the spark plug behind this. But whoever planned these operations was pretty effective at it. I mean look we got hit hard and we got hit hard because the guys knew what the hell they were doing.

O'Reilly: Yeah, no question about that and we got to hit hard back. Tom we appreciate very much, I was going to call you Mr. Clancy but you told me to call you Tom so I will. Well we appreciate it. Thank you
Clancy:
My pleasure Bill you have a good one.


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I typed this myself - please forgive typos, I tried to be accurate as possible.

Don't ask me to do Maher.

1 posted on 09/20/2001 9:05:32 PM PDT by kcpopps
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To: kcpopps
This is great! NOBODY should have to do maher!
2 posted on 09/20/2001 9:08:22 PM PDT by longfellow
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To: kcpopps
I don't agree with people that throw up their hands about our borders and say "there's nothing we can do". Bull..
3 posted on 09/20/2001 9:10:06 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: kcpopps
Clancy is brilliant!

He had O'Reilly on his heels the whole interview--it was a complete mental mismatch.

4 posted on 09/20/2001 9:10:20 PM PDT by follow your bliss
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To: kcpopps
Good job....I watch that interview and was impressed by Clancy. His definition of conservatives and liberals is a keeper!
5 posted on 09/20/2001 9:16:14 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: kcpopps
Good answers by Clancy. I agree with everything he said except about the FBI being entirely reactice. They have intel gathering capabilities and they missed this one completely. I'm not saying that we need to hand them out to dry but they missed this one completely and they know it. Repair the flaws and move out. O'Reilly had his hands full on this one.
6 posted on 09/20/2001 9:16:44 PM PDT by Movemout
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To: follow your bliss
Clancy reminds me of the scene in Armaggedon when they are all sitting around brainstorming the asteriod problem and a guy is introduced as "He's probally the smartest guy on the planet, you might want to listen to what he has to say." Clancy absolutly rocks.
7 posted on 09/20/2001 9:17:25 PM PDT by calljack
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To: kcpopps
Thank you for the transcript!
8 posted on 09/20/2001 9:17:37 PM PDT by Clinton's a liar
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To: Movemout
Ooops. Should be reactive. Clumsy fingers anyway!
9 posted on 09/20/2001 9:17:42 PM PDT by Movemout
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To: kcpopps
What would Bill Maher have to say about anything that has any value at all? This was a good post, because I, too, immediately thought of Clancy's scenario in Debt of Honor. Soldiers shouldn't be used as a police force, no matter how tempting it may be to solve the border situation. Terrorists probably aren't likely to be caught running through the desert into Arizona, anyway. Several of the 19 terrorists on these planes came into this country with either legitimate or forged passports. What good would it be to stick a soldier on the Rio Grande to stop them?
10 posted on 09/20/2001 9:20:30 PM PDT by BigOrra
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To: kcpopps
anyone catch bill maher just out & out refusing to blame his fuhrer. It's amazing you can still find people willing to defend hitler too after 60 years!
11 posted on 09/20/2001 9:20:37 PM PDT by longfellow
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To: TheLion
That was my favorite line in the interview... made me laugh, not because it was funny, but was just good to hear it said on TV by a celeb.
12 posted on 09/20/2001 9:21:48 PM PDT by kcpopps
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To: kcpopps
bttt
13 posted on 09/20/2001 9:22:39 PM PDT by oldvike
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To: longfellow
Didn't Maher look tired and dis sheveled...like he hadn't slept for a couple days... hahahahaha
14 posted on 09/20/2001 9:23:32 PM PDT by kcpopps
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To: kcpopps
I'm sure bin laden has the same worried look too!!!
15 posted on 09/20/2001 9:26:39 PM PDT by longfellow
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To: kcpopps
Clancy kicked a** tonight and I'm saying this as someone who won't read his literary output! The description of liberals versus the conservatives was a classic.
16 posted on 09/20/2001 9:27:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat!
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To: kcpopps
Good work. Thanks.
17 posted on 09/20/2001 9:33:27 PM PDT by nunya bidness
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To: MissAmericanPie
I agree! Many of them were here illegally! This incident should have been a wake up call, but I guess that greed is willing to overlook even this horror!
18 posted on 09/20/2001 9:38:33 PM PDT by brat
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To: kcpopps
I read both Debt of Honor, and Executive Orders (the follow-up), and have been thinking about the parallels since the attack. Really spooky...especially tonight, watching all the government leaders in the same building, except the Vice President.(Insert scary music here: Du</font size> Du</font size> Du</font size> Du</font size> )

I highly recommend both books to all freepers and freeperettes.

19 posted on 09/20/2001 9:38:38 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Revolting cat!
You simply MUST go down to the library and check out a copy of Debt Of Honor. It is one of the most amazing fiction books I have ever read. I promise you will be riveted. The last one-hundred pages are intense.
20 posted on 09/20/2001 9:39:18 PM PDT by follow your bliss
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To: All
I think O'Reilly showed his but to the country by allowing Bill Maher
to Weasel ..........or try to weasel out of his jam.
O'Reilly lost a lot of credibility with this one.
21 posted on 09/20/2001 9:39:57 PM PDT by Oldsailor
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To: kcpopps
Good post. Clancy is very wise.
22 posted on 09/20/2001 9:40:51 PM PDT by jmp702
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To: MissAmericanPie
I totally agree. Isn't part of the governments job is to protect our borders. Clancy stated that our armed services are there to kill, then why are they handing out meals around the world? I was very disappointed in some of his answers.
23 posted on 09/20/2001 9:47:24 PM PDT by doc
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To: Movemout
The FBI are cops. They are required by law to react to a crime. You can't arrest people for visiting the country. They have to do something illegal. These guys did their illegal thing and died in the process; it's a little late. Now the FBI is working on solving the crime. That's their job. They're getting evidence and netting other people who are here. I think I'm seeing evidence of them collecting copycats too (couple arrested today after downloading lots and lots and lots of photos of gov't buildings & bridges and other targets.) Great! More power to them! Let them do it right this time--no lost documents, no inadmissable evidence, warrants all in order when they're needed, don't let a single fly out of the web! It's amazing to see a force not long ago so very demoralized pulling it together and finding their mission again. Pray for them. Bake them cookies. (Well, I don't know about the cookies. Order them pizzas?)
24 posted on 09/20/2001 9:51:41 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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To: ChemistCat
Good answer.

People seem to be ignorant (Ignorant as in they don't know) the different missions of the Gov't agencies.

FBI: Cops and robbers

CIA: Intel on foreign Gov'ts

INS: Border patrol etc.

Pres: Commander in chief - not dictator - 1/3 of US Gov't

Congress: Declares war

Mil: Defend against foreign attacks

25 posted on 09/20/2001 9:58:15 PM PDT by america-rules
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To: kcpopps
Thank you so much for posting this. It was such good reading I didn't notice any typos. I wish Bill had asked Tom what he thought about Hollywood changing the nationality of the bad guys in the movie version of his book coming out. Ben Affleck, gross, plays Jack Ryan now, replacing Harrison Ford. In the book, the villains were Arab terrorists but that was politically incorrect, so Hollywood changed them to "right wing neo Nazis."
26 posted on 09/20/2001 10:00:01 PM PDT by lara
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To: kcpopps
Let's see ... Hannity had Buchanan on his radio show yesterday, O'Reilly has him on his TV show; Hannity had Maher on his radio show today, O'Reilly had Maher on his TV show today. And Tom Clancy was, as usual brilliant; Bill O'Reilly was way out of his league.
27 posted on 09/20/2001 10:03:40 PM PDT by holdonnow
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To: MissAmericanPie
My friend Todd said if we do this right, we could give every single Mexican who wants it 40 acres and a camel. The camel might need a little aloe vera burn gel at first, though.

As far as the military goes, my husband says our job is to kill people and break their stuff. IF we do it well enough, they decide not to screw with us. Somebody's going to learn not to screw with us. (I'm standing here being dictated to as I type...not my words! But he spent 24 years hoping he'd have the chance to do this and do this right...and he was forced out...High Year of Tenure, mandatory retirement...and the military threw out I don't know how many thousands or tens of thousands in training in satellite communications technology...makes me mad when I start thinking about...you can tell I'm mad because these little DOTS keep appearing in my posts....)
28 posted on 09/20/2001 10:14:53 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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To: MissAmericanPie
My friend Todd said if we do this right, we could give every single Mexican who wants it 40 acres and a camel. The camel might need a little aloe vera burn gel at first, though.

As far as the military goes, my husband says our job is to kill people and break their stuff. IF we do it well enough, they decide not to screw with us. Somebody's going to learn not to screw with us. (I'm standing here being dictated to as I type...not my words! But he spent 24 years hoping he'd have the chance to do this and do this right...and he was forced out...High Year of Tenure, mandatory retirement...and the military threw out I don't know how many thousands or tens of thousands in training in satellite communications technology...makes me mad when I start thinking about...you can tell I'm mad because these little DOTS keep appearing in my posts....)
29 posted on 09/20/2001 10:17:21 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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To: ChemistCat
That was so good, and so disjointed, and written so late at night, I was sure it was good for another round....
30 posted on 09/20/2001 10:18:45 PM PDT by ChemistCat
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To: ChemistCat, america-rules
I am not trying to provoke an argument. I am pointing out that the FBI has a slew of intelligence gathering resources. They are not a pure reaction force as Clancy painted the picture. The lack of communication between the CIA and FBI has been recognized long before the attack on our country and is deplorable. Both agencies were tracking some of the actors prior to the attack and apparently did not share the intel with each other to try to interpret what it all meant. This is not what I want. The blame for the attacks rest squarely on the terrorists but I think that we should be able to count on the CIA and FBI to communicate and coordinate on a routine basis.
31 posted on 09/20/2001 10:18:48 PM PDT by Movemout
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To: america-rules
"People seem to be ignorant (Ignorant as in they don't know) the different missions of the Gov't agencies.

FBI: Cops and robbers "

Truer words were never spoken. Go out and educate yourself on the the FBI mission in intelligence gathering. Their mission is domestic in nature but they have literally infiltrated every domestic militia unit,KKK chapter, and Black Panther get together for the last 35 years. If that isn't intelligence gathering then I do not know what is.

32 posted on 09/20/2001 10:25:40 PM PDT by Movemout
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To: kcpopps
"Bill soldiers don't arrest people, soldiers kill people. That's their function."

Absolutely classic!

By the way, if you don't read Tom Clancy, you should! Every single book he's written is absolutely incredible. At least the novels. I don't get into his "special ops" co-written books much, but the novels featuring Jack Ryan are incredible! Must reads! His last book, The Bear and The Dragon, whoa...awesome!

33 posted on 09/20/2001 10:26:47 PM PDT by Texas2step
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To: ChemistCat
ROFL ship them all to a new Azat Land? Now I have heard everything.

I agree with your husband, we are suppose to kill people and break things, you both sound like my kind of people. Where you spit grass doesn't grow for 50 years, lol.

I bet the service would love to have your husband back now, in fact your phone may be ringing soon. We lost so many good soldiers and commanders in the Clinton Calamity. I remember General's taking early retirement and the loss of the brightest and the best. It made me sick then, it makes me sick now.

34 posted on 09/20/2001 10:30:39 PM PDT by MissAmericanPie
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To: mugsaway
PING!
35 posted on 09/20/2001 10:35:17 PM PDT by Right Face
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To: follow your bliss
He had O'Reilly on his heels the whole interview--it was a complete mental mismatch.

Maybe, only because Clancy was consistent. What floored me was his attitude that yeah some terrorists could do something really bad to us, like Nuke us, but we shouldn't protect our borders anyway and, oh well, we are an open society...what can we do? It was quite unreal for me to hear him talk like that.

36 posted on 09/20/2001 10:45:24 PM PDT by WRhine
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To: kcpopps
Thank you so much for this post! Debt of Honor is what immediately came to mind while listening to my favorite radio station KNRS that dark morning. I had wondered what Clancy would have to say and because of your post, I got to read it!
37 posted on 09/20/2001 10:47:30 PM PDT by whenigettime
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To: whenigettime, lara
You're welcome. I want it to be known that my daughter typed the last four questions for me, because I was pooped and she is faster than me anyway.... but she is the one who did not capitalize United States - I'll will bring that to her attention tomorrow!
38 posted on 09/20/2001 10:59:02 PM PDT by kcpopps
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To: kcpopps
Thanks so much! I watched the interview, but thanks to you I can now read Clancy's words to my husband! Clancy stung O'Reilly with his blunt honesty! You must remember that O'Reilly practically worships RFK!
39 posted on 09/20/2001 11:08:14 PM PDT by onyx
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To: kcpopps
Tom Clancy should stick to fictional political thrillers, because when it comes to the real world, he is clueless. I found his assessments of terrorist threats worthless and hollow. Firstly, Clancy claimed that the Mossad has basically been a failure in stopping the Islamic terrorist threat because they have been at it for decades and the threat still exists. The fact is that Israel, a tiny nation barely the size of Rhode Island surrounded by extremely hostile, heavily armed Arab/Islamic terrorists and suicide bombers, still endures with precarious assistance by the United States. Secondly, Clancy also said that the US counldn't really do anything about its pourous national borders and gave no alternatives to wide open, unsecure borders, and then claimed the military had no role in guarding or protecting our nation's borders. Clancy is out of his mind as well as out of his field. For one, thousands of our troops are already overseas guarding the borders of other, foreign countries at our expense, and these countries are not at war with us. Also, Clancy compared the wide open US borders with masses of people streaming in to visit the Statue of Liberty. This comparison is bad and preposterous. If you want to visit the Statue of Liberty, you must pay your own way, get in line, and wait patiently to be admitted, the antithesis of the massive illegal immigration Clancy attempts to compare it to. His "considered" opinion is not one I'd give credible consideration.
40 posted on 09/20/2001 11:09:48 PM PDT by rebelsoldier
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To: kcpopps
Thanks for posting this. I was busy tonite and didn't know Clancy was going to be on. It was a treat to read the interview.
41 posted on 09/20/2001 11:26:14 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie
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To: kcpopps
Thanks for the good work.

Clancy is kind of a juggernaut guest. He did a dial-in to the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, or some other PBS newsy show last week. Just totally dominated the panel, which included at least four other people. I loved his descripition of conservatives v liberals. He's apparently very uninformed about the Mexican illegal immigration situation.

42 posted on 09/20/2001 11:39:40 PM PDT by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: america-rules
Don't forget the NSA: communications security and signals intelligence
43 posted on 09/21/2001 8:55:02 AM PDT by kevkrom
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To: kcpopps
Thanks for transcribing the interview. I really enjoyed hearing Clancy's perspective, and want to show it to my wife who was asleep and missed it.
44 posted on 09/21/2001 9:13:33 AM PDT by TroutStalker
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To: kcpopps
Pay heed to what he says. I am a big fan so I watched what he said before the Gulf War kicked off. It was awesome how dead on he was.
45 posted on 09/21/2001 9:01:47 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter
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To: follow your bliss
Clancy is brilliant!
he's obviously an fbi stooge. where has he been the last 10 years? just because tom clancy says something doesn't make it the truth. he's wrong about the fbi, and o'reilly was a wuss. clancy is also going way too far out of his way to let those who should've foreseen something like the 9/11 attack off the hook. he's wrong about that too.

oh, i forgot -- tom clancy can't be wrong; never mind.

46 posted on 10/02/2001 5:31:02 PM PDT by AntiTyrant
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