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Condi Rice, etc respond to Clarke’s criticisms

There’s an op/ed piece in today’s Washington Post written by Condi Rice that, in effect, responds to the criticisms that Richard Clark made last night on 60 Minutes. Granted, it’s written by someone who has to defend her (and others) actions during their tenures in the Bush WH, but it’s a pretty effective piece. Condi also made the rounds this morning on the morning shows and Fox probably gave her the most significant amount of time, even running over their “top of the hour” news breaks to keep her on as she was talking. She did a great job (without insulting or belittling Clarke) discussing what was done before 9-11 towards the Al Qaeda threat, and what’s been done since then......   [Read More]

Richard Clarke on “60 Minutes”

Did any of you see this guy? There’s something not quite right about his story but I can’t put my hands on it at the moment. Did he almost seem – I dunno, arrogant?? This guy was the “Terrorist Czar” during the Clinton adminstration. Did Leslie Stahl even think to ask him why virtually nothing (in retrospect) was done during his tenure in the Clinton administration to tear down Al Qaeda cells? Deputy National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley was much more believable, IMO – in fact, some things he said I know were true: like the bit about the FAA being warned in early summer 2001 to watch for suspicious activity both foreign and domestic flights. Newsday did a feature on that in 2001, IIRC. If I have time later this week, I’ll pull up some links I found long ago that support some of what Hadley said. .....   [Read More]