March 26, 2004

Clarke gets dope-slapped

Senator Bill Frist lays into Richard Clarke in a NY Times article: bq. There has been much fulminating in the media and by some Senators on the other side about a new book by a former State Department civil servant named Richard Clarke. In this book, released for sale by the parent company of the CBS network, Mr. Clarke makes the outrageous charge that the Bush Administration, in its first seven months in office, failed to adequately address the threat posed by Osama bin Laden. bq. I am troubled by these charges. I am equally troubled that someone would sell a book, trading on their former service as a government insider with access to our nation s most valuable intelligence, in order to profit from the suffering that this nation endured on September 11, 2001. I am troubled that Senators on the other side are so quick to accept such claims. I am troubled that Mr. Clarke has a hard time keeping his own story straight. And more: bq. It is awesomely self-serving for Mr. Clarke to assert that the United States could have stopped terrorism if only the three President's he served had better listened to his advice. He then compares Clarke's current testimony to a press interview Clarke did in 2002 and finds that Clarke fisks himself quite nicely. Posted by DaveH at March 26, 2004 4:52 PM