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More Corroboration for Clarke's Story

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / March 31, 2004 10:53 PM PST
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Re:More Corroboration for Clarke's Story
by Josh K / March 31, 2004 11:43 PM PST
The most damaging remarks came from Gen. Henry H. Shelton, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff until Oct. 1, 2001. Shelton told us that in the Bush administration terrorism had moved "farther to the back burner." He also recounted how the Joint Chiefs of Staff, frustrated at the lack of progress in dealing with al-Qaida, had begun a disinformation program in the last year of the Clinton administration to create dissent within the Taliban. But Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz shut it down. Counterterrorism, the new leadership felt, was not a military mission.

<SARCASM>Well gee, Dave, all these matching accounts can only mean one thing -- that all these people got together in an organized campaign of lies to smear the Bush Administration during an election year.</SARCASM>
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Careful with the caveats, Josh
by Del McMullen / April 1, 2004 1:57 AM PST

IF, repeat, IF, a clear critique of pre-9-11 ever comes to light, there will remain partisan arguments, political and otherwise.

Anyone who has been in any close proximity to the military establishment (ie DOD), or any other government agency for that matter, knows there exists a lot of dead wood who disposal is/was long overdue. The drag of ...this is the way we've always done all too prevalent. Too many prima donna's. Too many Clark's or Clarke's, and when/if one of them writes a book, particularly during a time like the 9-11 inquisition, unearned credibility attaches.

But, Josh, watch with the caveats..Sarcasm..even with it, it would appear that you might be implying that the Democrats would organize to ...SMEAR... someone. Unforgivable. Wink

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Re:Careful with the caveats, Josh
by Josh K / April 1, 2004 2:00 AM PST

I don't think we're as good at it, and besides, I don't think any of the people who have gone public so far are Democrats!

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Re: Even MORE Corroboration for Clarke's Story -- from Condy Rice, yet!
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / April 1, 2004 3:44 AM PST
Top Focus Before 9/11 Wasn't on Terrorism
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>>On Sept. 11, 2001, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to outline a Bush administration policy that would address "the threats and problems of today and the day after, not the world of yesterday" -- but the focus was largely on missile defense, not terrorism from Islamic radicals... The address was designed to promote missile defense as the cornerstone of a new national security strategy, and contained no mention of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden or Islamic extremist groups, according to former U.S. officials who have seen the text.<<

I wonder if this'll affect what she has to say to the 9/11 Commission next week!

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You didn't actually read it did you...
"We need to worry about the suitcase bomb, the car bomb and the vial of sarin released in the subway," according to excerpts of the speech provided to The Washington Post. "[But] why put deadbolt locks on your doors and stock up on cans of mace and then decide to leave your windows open?"


"The president's commitment to fighting terrorism isn't measured by the number of speeches, but by the concrete actions taken to fight the threat," said James R. Wilkinson, deputy national security adviser for communications, when asked about the speech. "The first major foreign policy directive of this administration was the new strategy to eliminate al Qaeda that the White House ordered soon after taking office. It was eliminating al Qaeda, not missile defense, not Iraq, and not the [Anti-Ballistic Missile] Treaty," he said.

Clarke's claims and conflicting are still unbelievable.
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Re:You didn't actually read it did you...
by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / April 1, 2004 5:30 AM PST

Hi, Ed.

Let's see, we have one the one side Bush's own (Republican) former Treasury Secretary, his counter-terrorism expert who served four presidents (three of them Republicans), the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and now Condoleeza Wright's own contemperaneous speech -- none of them with any obvious motivation to lie, and all basically telling the same story. The on the other hand we have an Administration desperate for re-election, that sees its only real issue in danger of heading south. Gee, I wonder whom to believe under those circumstances...

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A peek before his book was published................
by Del McMullen / April 1, 2004 6:50 AM PST
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