Richard A. Clarke (External Links 2004)

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The following are articles and information about Richard A. Clarke, including references to his book Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror (ISBN 0743260244), as well as Richard A. Clarke's testimony before the 9/11 Commission. Also see Richard A. Clarke (External Links) for earlier material.

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By Richard A. Clarke: 2004

Articles & Commentary 2004

  • Kevin Drum's take on Ratnesar's article: "Today's Winner," Political Animal, Washington Monthly, March 26, 2004: "Here's my award for the most laughable effort (so far!) to discredit Dick Clarke. Romesh Ratnesar, in a piece highlighted on their home page, writes in Time that Clarke's performance on TV seems rather more dramatic than what he wrote in his book -- a potentially defensible point -- but then dives straight down a spider hole and never returns. ... The scene is the White House the day after 9/11 and President Bush is asking repeatedly about possible Iraqi involvement."
  • WOODWARD (page 98-99): As for Saddam Hussein, the president ended the debate [about immediate military action against Iraq]. "I believe Iraq was involved, but I'm not going to strike them now. I don't have the evidence at this point."
  • Michael Isikoff and Evan Thomas, "Storm Warnings. Bin Laden was a threat, but Clinton never pushed it and Bush seemed more interested in Saddam. What went wrong," Newsweek, March 29, 2004 (Edition).
  • Floor Statement of Sen. Daschle on the Abuse of Government Power, U.S. Senate, Office of the Floor Leader, Tom Daschle, March 30, 2004: "Richard Clarke did something extraordinary when he testified before the 9-11 Commission last week. He didn't try to escape blame, as so many routinely do. Instead, he accepted his share of responsibility and offered his perceptions about what happened in the months and years leading up to September 11. ... The retaliation from those around the President has been fierce. ... The point was to damage Mr. Clarke in any way possible. ... This is wrong-and it's not the first time it's happened. ... There are some things that simply ought not be done - even in politics. Too many people around the President seem not to understand that, and that line has been crossed."
  • Kevin Drum, "Dick Clarke's White Whale," Washington Monthly, March 30, 2004: "... a true believer, and his religion is counterterrorism -- something that he himself acknowledges. 'Maybe I'm becoming like Captain Ahad with bin Laden as the White Whale,' he quotes himself telling Condi Rice in May 2001. ... This explains a lot of what's happened. He didn't find a home in the Bush administration because his monomania was different from Bush's and that made him an intolerable pain in the ass."
  • Joan Vennochi, "Card's cautious criticism of Clarke," Boston Globe, March 30, 2004.
  • Christopher Dickey, "How (Not) to Win," Newsweek, March 30, 2004: "Richard Clarke's new book is about more than the Bush administration's handling of 9/11. It offers a thoughtful guide to the nuts and bolts of eliminating terrorists--and an antidote to the assumption that extremist violence is inevitable."
  • Evan Thomas, Michael Isikoff and Tamara Lipper, "The Insider," Newsweek, April 5, 2004 (Edition): "The Town Crier: He came, he bore witness and he sent Washington into a frenzy. How Richard Clarke fueled a firestorm over who's to blame for 9/11, why two presidents missed the warning signs--and what we can learn to keep it from happening again."
  • James Risen, "'Against All Enemies' and 'Ghost Wars': Connecting the Dots," New York Times, April 11, 2004 (Edition) (Note: Subscription required): "Discounting the possibility that the White House spokesman, Scott McClellan, is secretly a publicist for the Free Press, one must assume that the Bush administration really is angry at its former counterterrorism czar, and isn't simply trying to help him sell more books. But if President Bush and his advisers were hoping that their loud pre-emptive attacks on Against All Enemies would make this book go away, they were sadly mistaken. Richard A. Clarke knows too much, and Against All Enemies is too good to be ignored."
  • "Welcome to Cyberspace Security Organization," originally posted September 30, 2001; reposted April 8, 2004: "Clarke has repeatedly warned the U.S. Congress, companies and local agencies about the potential for a `Digital Pearl Harbor' in which a terrorist attack would paralyze computers, electrical grids and other key infrastructure."
  • Sharon Waxman, "Sony Pictures Buys Richard Clarke's Book for the Screen," New York Times, April 10, 2004. Note: Subscription required.