Skip to comments.Misreading the United States on Iraq's Transformation (Good article from the Middle-East)
Posted on 03/24/2004 9:01:32 PM PST by quidnunc
The former White House counter-terrorism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, has scored a coup by forcing official Washington to buy a book. Clarke's newly released tome, Against All Enemies, has unleashed a media firestorm because, in it, he accuses the Bush administration of manipulating the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
It was lost on no one that Clarke's most damning allegation that the administration sought, deceitfully, to implicate the former Iraqi regime in the Al-Qaeda hijackings came on the first anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Iraq. Nor could anyone avoid linking the book's publication to the current presidential election campaign, even though Clarke is not regarded as a liberal or a backer of US President George W. Bush's Democratic rival, John Kerry.
What is someone who has not read Clarke's book to make of his claims, at least those that have made their way into public conversation in recent days?
It is difficult to fault Clarke for arguing that administration officials, especially Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, sought to use Sept. 11 to advance an agenda of war against Iraq. This was amply documented in Bob Woodward's Bush at War. However, what Wolfowitz's critics have ignored is that his effort to implicate Iraq was the cornerstone of an ambitious strategy for how to respond to the Al-Qaeda attacks that, in his mind, addressed the fundamentals of the terrorism problem.
For Wolfowitz, the threat posed to the United States came less from Al-Qaeda per se than from the environments allowing such groups to form. As the Bush administration gauged the impact of Sept. 11, policymakers split into two between those who argued that the US must respond narrowly against Al-Qaeda and its supporters, namely the Taleban in Afghanistan; and those who sought a broader mandate to reshape Middle Eastern countries regarded as terrorist breeding grounds.
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That's one of the best descriptions of how contorted and morally corrupted the left has become. And all simply because they hate George Bush