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"Let's invade Mexico"

Richard Clarek appeared on "60 Minutes" tonight. He was the head counter-terrorism guy for Clinton and Bush up to the the terrorist attacks in September 2001. In the first conversations, they wanted to invade Iraq, because there are "a lot of good targets" in Iraq. Clark pretty much said, "It's akin to Roosevelt deciding to invade Mexico because Japan attacked Pearl Harbor". He accuses the Bush Administration for ignoring terrorism for stuff they were obsessed over eight years earlie when they first returned to office -- Iraqi terrorism, rather than Al Qaeda terrorism.  "There hadn't been any Iraqi terrorism in eight years (the assassination attempt on George H. W. Bush). Of course, we had Al Qaeda terrorism as recently at the time as the USS Cole bombing.

I'm currently watching this video on a DVR video delay, and this is more damning than anything I can imagine.  Richard Clarke has been running around trying to get everyone to pay attention until too late.  Things were better under Clinton, where he helped twart an Millennial attack on LA, though he didn't get Clinton go after bin Laden in Afghanistan. However, contrast that with the See No Evil except in Iraq approach with George W. Bush, and, well, Bush should be in jail for advertising fraud when he accuse anyone else of 'Delaying Defending America Against Terrorism.'


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Mar. 21st, 2004 06:18 pm (UTC)
I made that Wolfowitz quote from April 2001 into my new SDMB sig line. This one, that is:

"We don't have to deal with al Qaeda. Why are we talking about that little guy? We have to talk about Iraqi terrorism against the United States."

I would hope that everyone with enough functioning brains to be able to balance on two legs would be able to see by now that Bush hasn't really been fighting a 'war on terror' at all, other than in Afghanistan for about 2 months in the fall of 2001.

As I've been saying, not only doesn't Iraq count as part of the WoT, but it's really a threefer for Osama & Co., in that:
1) The war in Iraq diverted resources from the WoT;
2) the removal of Saddam opened Iraq up as a new field of operations and recruiting for al-Qaeda; and as Clarke pointed out on 60 minutes,
3) we walked right into al-Qaeda's propaganda trap by doing exactly as they predicted - conquering and occupying an oil-rich Muslim Arab state.

I suppose it counts as being part of the war on terror in the sense that by invading Iraq, we effectively fought on the other side in that war.

And meanwhile, we do nothing about Pakistan, Official Seller of Nuclear Technology to the Third World.
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