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[Chris Field] 4/5/04
What did the under-oath-before-the-9/11-Commission-former-counterterrorism-czar
Richard Clarke think about the possible prevention of September
11 compared to the 60-Minutes-with-Lesley-Stahl-book-promoting-vengeful-former-administration-official
When testifying before
9/11 Commission on Wednesday, March 24, Richard Clarke admitted
to the world that none of his recommendations
would have produced the "remotest chance" of preventing
the terrorist attacks of September 11.
From the transcript of the 9/11 Commission hearing:
Sen. Slade Gorton (R.-Wash.): Assuming that the recommendations
that you made on January 25th of 2001, based on Delenda, based
on Blue Sky, including aid to the Northern Alliance, which had
been an agenda item at this point for two and a half years without
any action, assuming that there had been more Predator reconnaissance
missions, assuming that that had all been adopted say on January
26th, year 2001, is there the remotest chance that it would have
Gorton: It just would have allowed our response, after 9/11,
to be perhaps a little bit faster?
Clarke: Well, the response would have begun before 9/11.
Gorton: Yes, but there was no recommendation, on your part or
anyone else's part, that we declare war and attempt to invade
Afghanistan prior to 9/11?
was singing an entirely different tune when he was being interviewed
by Lesley Stahl on CBS' "60 Minutes" on
Sunday, March 21. In fact, his answer to Stahl has been used
as the centerpiece of a MoveOn.org Bush-is-a-Failure
with audio sound bites from the interview.
Stahl: The president's new campaign ads highlight his
handling of 9/11. He's making it the centerpiece of his bid for
re-election. You're writing this book in the middle of this campaign.
The timing, I'm sure, you will be questioned about and criticized
for. Why are you doing it now?
I'm sure I'll be criticized for lots of things, and I'm sure
they'll launch their dogs on me. But 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.
He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months when maybe we
could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We'll never know.
which is it, Mr. Clarke? Could Bush have "maybe" prevented
September 11? Or, as you admitted under oath, was there not even
the "remotest chance" that such prevention was possible,
even if all of your recommendations had been implemented?
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