March 22, 2004

Imagine a half-dead mouse...

Imagine a housewife. Imagine a messy problem; plugged toilet or half-dead mouse brought in by the cat. Imagine her waiting for her husband to come home, because MEN are supposed to deal with these icky problems... Then think about the following:

Powerline blog, writing in FrontPage magazine.com, has a long and detailed refutation of the charges of Clinton officials Sandy Berger, Madeline Albright and Richard Clarke:

"Where to begin: the mind boggles at such shamelessness. To state the obvious, in late 2000 the Clinton administration was STILL IN OFFICE. If there were steps that needed to be taken immediately to counter the al Qaeda threat, as they "bluntly" told President Bush's transition team, why didn't they take those steps themselves?

More broadly, of course, the Clinton administration was in power for eight years, while al Qaeda grew, prospered, and repeatedly attacked American interests:

*1993: Shot down US helicopters and killed US servicemen in Somalia
*1994: Plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II during his visit to Manila
*1995: Plotted to kill President Clinton during a visit to the Philippines
*1995: Plot to to bomb simultaneously, in midair, a dozen US trans-Pacific flights was discovered and thwarted at the last moment
*1998: Conducted the bombings of the US Embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, that killed at least 301 individuals and injured more than 5,000 others
*1999: Attempt to carry out terrorist operations against US and Israeli tourists visiting Jordan for millennial celebrations was discovered just in time by Jordanian authorities
*1999: In another millennium plot, bomber was caught en route to Los Angeles International Airport *2000: Bombed the USS Cole in the port of Aden, Yemen, killing 17 US Navy members, and injuring another 39

So what, when they had the power to act effectively against al Qaeda, did these Clinton administration officials do? Little or nothing....


Condi Rice deals with the accusation that nothing was done by the Bush Administration, writing in the Washington Post. Much WAS done, more was planned; obviously in hindsight it was not enough.

For another exercise in imagination, go back to, say, August of 2001. Congress deadlocked, Dem majority in the Senate, every Bush initiative stalled. Then imagine Bush going to Congress for authorization to fight a world-wide war against Al Qaeda. Try, just TRY to imagine Democrats giving Bush enthusiastic support for bloody battles in Morocco, The Philippines, Afghanistan, Mali, Yemen.....ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...

I urge you to read the PowerLine piece, but if you don't have time, here's the last paragraph:

There you have it: Richard Clarke is a bitter, discredited bureaucrat who was an integral part of the Clinton administration's failed approach to terrorism, was demoted by President Bush, and is now an adjunct to John Kerry's presidential campaign.

Posted by John Weidner at March 22, 2004 8:59 AM
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