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Misreading the United States on Iraq's Transformation (Good article from the Middle-East)
The Daily Star [Beirut, LB] ^ | March 25, 2004 | Michael Young

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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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: richardclarke; wolfowitz

1 posted on 03/24/2004 9:01:33 PM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc
Good article and stated very sanely.
2 posted on 03/24/2004 9:16:55 PM PST by waRNmother.armyboots
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To: waRNmother.armyboots
the concluding paragraph was hard to understand... for me.
the rest of the article was simple enough.

was he talking of Germany and France?
or the enemies within, the wacko american lefties?
or both.
3 posted on 03/24/2004 9:28:22 PM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: Robert_Paulson2
He was talking about the leftist all over the world.
4 posted on 03/24/2004 9:32:41 PM PST by McGavin999 (Evil thrives when good men do nothing!)
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To: quidnunc
Lest some find this argument - that autocracy breeds terrorism - deceptive, it is worth recalling it was one that America's most vociferous critics floated after Sept. 11. But that was before they realized that such an opinion placed them in the same boat as Bush administration hawks. Once they did, they preferred to backtrack, on the assumption that anti-Americanism is always more rewarding than consistency.

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

5 posted on 03/24/2004 9:46:41 PM PST by moni kerr (Lead, follow or get the hell out of the way)
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