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There is perhaps
one thing more explosive than the damning revelations of former
White House counter-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke; and that is
House's response to him. With venom barely distinguishable from
launched a year ago against the Saddam Regime, the White House has
tried mightily to paint the 30-year government bureaucrat as a knave,
a traitor, an incompetent, or a fool.
I may be off
the mark, but the last time I saw something faintly similar to this
was during the Nixon Regime, when a presidential assistant named
Dean gave up the tapes on his boss.
Is this Watergate?
it *is* a dangerous attack on the inner workings of the White House
on an issue that, just weeks ago, seemed like a sure-fire vote-getter
for President George W. Bush his handling of the so-called
'War on Terrorism.'
If Clarke does
anything, he shows that the White House, at the highest levels,
was fixated, obsessed even, on the eradication of the Iraqi Regime;
an event that Clarke says is bound to make the War harder, in the
long run, by playing into the hands of the jihadis (like Al-Qaeda)
who have long preached that the Americans would do anything to conquer
the oil-rich Arab States, to get their hands on the 'black gold'
attacks on Clarke have come with a vehemence that is breath-taking.
He is derided
as a 'partisan' who, they suggest, is a closet supporter of the
Democratic presidential challenger, John Kerry.
Or, he wants
to get rich with a juicy book deal ....
And, as usual,
the media, ever hungry for the latest scandal, is eating it up,
lapping it up like a kitten on a saucer of milk.
Lost in the
sauce is logic.
If Clarke is
anything, he is, and seems to have ever been, a right-wing hawk.
the bombing of Afghanistani bases *all of them* long
before 9/11; He advocated the Israeli practice of preemptive killings
(they call them assassinations) of suspected jihadis, all over the
This guy, at
base is a right-wing nationalist, who has advocated actions that
several Administrations (including, it seems, the Bush I presidency)
have declined to do.
The idea that
he is somehow sweet on Kerry seems, on its face, ludicrous.
And book deals
are hardly the way to make big bucks; the average royalty covers
little more than 10% of the cost, and there's a slump in the industry,
largely driven by the larger slump in the nation's economy.
Clarke did not make, nor invest a decent coin in 30 years of government
service, sometimes at very high levels, then it is the government
that is to be
condemned for not rewarding such lengths of public service, certainly
not Mr. Clarke.
confirms, however, is condemnation, indeed.
The White House,
driven by the demon of ideology, drove the nation to war on a lie.
Is the nation
safer? Indeed, is any nation?
The Bush Regime
has unleashed something that is remarkably resistant to cluster
bombs, and daisy cutters, and even low-grade nukes hatred,
deep, and bitter, at the nations that have used false pretenses
to wage war, and humiliate an Arab state.
Iraq was never
the problem; and as its feeble resistance proved, it was never a
threat to the U.S.
A year before
the war, California's right-wing Democrat, House Member, Tom Lantos,
told members of the Israeli Knesset, "We'll be rid of the bastard
(referring to Saddam) soon enough. And in his place we'll install
a pro-Western dictator, who will be good for us and for you."
(G. Simon Harak, "Why Invade Iraq?", *BLUEPRINT For Social
Justice (Oct./Nov. '02), p. 9]
You still think
this War is in defense of 'democracy?'
never was. It never will be. Armies don't bring democracies; they
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