Saturday, March 20, 2004

Bush's Iraq Obsession

Drudge broke the story today that former Bush administration terror advisor Richard Clarke is going to blast the president tomorrow night on a '60 Minutes' segment interview with Lesley Stahl:

"Frankly, I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism," says Clarke in tomorrow night's interview. "He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We'll never know," he tells Stahl.

"Clarke tells Stahl that on September 11, 2001 and the day after -- when it was clear Al Qaeda had carried out the terrorist attacks -- the Bush administration was considering bombing Iraq in retaliation. Clarke was surprised that the attention of administration officials was turning toward Iraq when he expected the focus to be on Al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. 'They were talking about Iraq on 9/11. They were talking about it on 9/12,' says Clarke."

Thus the drip, drip, drip of the truth, falling on the flinty face of this administration.

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