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April 5, 2004
POLITICS: Insincerity

I was going over the whole Richard Clarke thing again . . . the core of the problem I have with his 'apology' is this: as far as I can tell, Clarke never once admitted that he had been wrong about anything, ever. That's no apology. Contrast, for example, President Reagan: I don't know if Reagan ever formally apologized for sending the Marines to Beirut, but he regularly described that decision as the worst mistake of his presidency. That's how you act when you genuinely believe that you have erred.

Charles Krauthammer agrees.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 5:30 AM | Politics 2004 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

I actually find much of Clarke’s criticism of pre-9/11 Bush completely plausible, if rather obvious. (Some of it is self-serving garbage).

What I find kind completely implausible is his picture of Clinton as a staunch anti-terrorist warrior whose “top priority” was fighting al Qaeda. That is laughable on its face and doesn’t stand up to even minimal scrutiny. I also think that Clinton probably saw Iraq as a higher priority than terrorism as I he left office – having made it, since 1998, the policy of the U.S. government to seek regime change in that country. Which is understandable.

And this is interesting:

Clarke’s dabbling in revisionist history and self-promotion have damaged what might otherwise have been constructive analysis of the roots of the 9/11 attacks.

Posted by: The Mad Hibernian at April 6, 2004 1:50 PM

"...dabbling in revisionist history and self-promotion..."

You have to at least keep up if you're going to take on the Bushies!

Posted by: Mr Furious at April 9, 2004 12:43 AM
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