The incompetence of Richard Clarke


Part 4 of Jack Cahill’s national security piece, detailing the incoming National Security Advisor in a Barack H. Obama administration. Here’s a quick excerpt:

Given Clinton’s feckless counter-terror performance under Clarke’s leadership, Islamic terrorists had been attacking American interests around world regularly and with impunity for the previous eight years.

The terror had begun during Clinton’s first week on the job in January 1993 when Pakistani national Mir Aimal Kasi shot five CIA employees, two of them fatally, as they waited in their cars outside CIA headquarters.

It continued right up through October 2000 when Islamic terrorists attacked the USS Cole, killing 17 crewmembers and wounding 39 more.

Knowing this, it is hard to read the 60 Minutes transcript, even today. To see such stunning duplicity and treachery go unpunished pains the reader.

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  1. Before 9/11, there were in 1993 alone the CIA shootings, the first World Trade Center bombing, the assassination attempt on George H.W. Bush, and the Blackhawk Down incident in Somalia. The Oklahoma City and Riyadh bombings followed in 1995. Khobar Towers, TWA Flight 800, and Olympic Park all occurred in 1996. The two American embassies in Africa were blown up in 1998. The Centennial bomb plot was luckily thwarted in 1999 by an alert border guard. And the USS Cole was bombed in 2000.

    After 9/11, there has been a routine share of Islamic terrorism around the world but against “us,” beyond the battlefields, close to nothing.

    If Obama prevails, this unrepentant dissembler, Richard Clarke, would very likely become the National Security Advisor. And nothing Leslie Stahl can say will make us any safer.

    And yet people still listen to Clarke. That’s some scary sh!t right there. All the more reason to get off the kill the republican you don’t like bandwagon, and try to stop the Dems. don’t you think????

  2. After super tuesday, yes. Until then, the field is still wide open.
    Stopping now would be to surrender the field to the competition. After Super tuesday (2 weeks from now), we will have the field down to 1 or 2 (I think).

  3. and try to stop the Dems. don’t you think????

    I agree completely, which is why McCain needs to be nailed out to dry. If it weren’t for the national security issue, there ain’t a dimes difference between him and the rest of the donk candidates. Add to that, Mc’s praise of the Clinton team that was going before the Senate for confirmation.

  4. I haven’t stopped gathering up info on the dems. All the links go into my bookmark file.

  5. I am saving up some stuff for the donks, waiting to see who takes the nomination. In the meantime, it’s too much fun watching them go after each other.

  6. here’s the “Praise” link

  7. […] You Decide 2008 wrote an interesting post today on The incompetence of Richard ClarkeHere’s a quick excerpt Part 4 of Jack Cahill’s national security piece, detailing the incoming National Security Advisor in a Barack H. Obama administration. Here’s a quick excerpt: Given Clinton’s feckless counter-terror performance under Clarke’s leadership, Islamic terrorists had been attacking American interests around world regularly and with impunity for the previous eight years. The terror had begun during Clinton’s first week on the job in January 1993 when Pakistani national Mir Aimal Kasi shot five CIA […]

  8. OK, I give…..

  9. Robert D, is the United Way fund drive under way?
    /henh

    Danged ol’MLK bankers holiday, messing up my weekly routine.

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