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post #281 of 386
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Originally posted by giant
Yeah, talk about a double standard. The bush admin is infallible, but Clinton had death squads killing his own staff.

Somehow missed this post.

Where did I ever assert that Bush was infallible, or that clinton killed his own staff?

I guess I did cause you say I did. I will have to look back.

When did I say anything about death squads?

My memory must be going.
post #282 of 386
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Originally posted by NaplesX
Vince Foster, Ron Brown, Les Aspin, Mary Mahoney, Herschell Friday, Charles Meissner.

No wait my mistake they did not have time to be disgruntled, they all died suddenly and mysteriously.

Maybe I am wrong maybe there are no disgruntled Clinton people... still alive.

not that hard to look

note the subtle innuendo
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #283 of 386
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Originally posted by NaplesX
[B]Well like i said, it matters not what I post, it will be so-called "debunked" for one reason or another, no matter how trivial. You know it, I know it. So let's not fool ourselves here.

Everything you post gets "debunked", whether there is a link or not. I have yet to see a single one of your opinions supported by facts.

Again, this completely invalidates your rationale that posting links would be a "waste of time".

I'll try to make it easy for you - show me even ONE link that deals with this so-called body count that is NOT part of a political website.

warroom.com is, like you say, a political site. Every site with a CBC list that I can find on Google is part of a political site, and each one tends to lean a bit to the right. The only non-political site I can find is the one on the snopes.com urban legend website.

oops - here is another non-political site that deals in debunking internet rumors -
http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors...tonfriends.htm
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post #284 of 386
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Originally posted by NaplesX
Well like i said, it matters not what I post, it will be so-called "debunked" for one reason or another, no matter how trivial.

Well, when you are posting 'clinton body count' trash, what do you expect?
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That's OK go about your Bush bashing.

Your completely and totally debunked 'Clinton body count' conspiracy theory permanently invalidated any and all statements of this kind that you have made or will make in the future.

Note, too, that no one is on your case for attacking Clinton, we are on your case for promoting undeniably false crackpot conspiracy theories.

This was a conversation about an issue in the real world: that two of Bush's chief terrorism advisors are speaking out against the Bush admin's lack of attention to terrorism, that a cabinet secretary is saying the same thing (as well as many other damning things) and so are a list of individuals from the pentagon and state departments. Add to this all of the individuals still in the administration who are talking to reporters anonymously. This is happening in the real world, not in clinton death squad fantasy land.

Look at it: the fact that these bush admin officials and staff are speaking out is undeniably true, while the crackpot 'clinton body count' conspiracy theory is undeniably false. We couldn't possibly have it any simpler.
post #285 of 386
Whoops. It seems Clarke praised Bush on his departure. He's full of shit, folks.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...er_3&printer=1


Why is this only coming up now? Why not go public right away? Answer: To sell books, aided by CBS btw, whose parent company stands to profit.

Anyone need a shovel?
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post #286 of 386
I think it's an election year or something?
post #287 of 386
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Originally posted by Scott
I think it's an election year or something?

yeah...I think you're right.
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post #288 of 386
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Originally posted by giant
Well, when you are posting 'clinton body count' trash, what do you expect?

Your completely and totally debunked 'Clinton body count' conspiracy theory permanently invalidated any and all statements of this kind that you have made or will make in the future.

Note, too, that no one is on your case for attacking Clinton, we are on your case for promoting undeniably false crackpot conspiracy theories.

This was a conversation about an issue in the real world: that two of Bush's chief terrorism advisors are speaking out against the Bush admin's lack of attention to terrorism, that a cabinet secretary is saying the same thing (as well as many other damning things) and so are a list of individuals from the pentagon and state departments. Add to this all of the individuals still in the administration who are talking to reporters anonymously. This is happening in the real world, not in clinton death squad fantasy land.

Look at it: the fact that these bush admin officials and staff are speaking out is undeniably true, while the crackpot 'clinton body count' conspiracy theory is undeniably false. We couldn't possibly have it any simpler.

Once again, I did not bring up the alien or the death squads or even the CDC, you guys did. I suppose it is my fault that those clinton officials are dead.

We were having a convo on disgruntled employees and someone asked me to name some from Clinton's admin, guess what I ran across those names. I guess, according to you, I cannot even mention that and dare not mention they are dead. I thought that it was kinda funny and therefor I posted my findings.

As far as undeniably true or false, that is up to each person to decide. Read the article that SDW just posted above. I think you should not use the word "undeniable" when you proclaim truth. Maybe you should say "perceived" instead.
post #289 of 386
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Originally posted by NaplesX
As far as undeniably true or false, that is up to each person to decide.

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We shouldn't have to tell anyone not to believe this claptrap, but we will anyway.

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/clinton.htm
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Read the article that SDW just posted above. I think you should not use the word "undeniable" when you proclaim truth.



I did type it in english:
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Originally posted by giant
The fact that these bush admin officials and staff are speaking out is undeniably true, while the crackpot 'clinton body count' conspiracy theory is undeniably false.

This couldn't be a simpler sentence.

Fact: multiple bush administration officials, including two of his (meaning George W Bush) chief counter-terrorism advisors and a cabinet secretary, are speaking out that the Bush admin has been horrible on terrorism. This is a fact that requires no dots to connect. It is a fact that is undeniably true.

Got it?
post #290 of 386
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Originally posted by SDW2001
Whoops. It seems Clarke praised Bush on his departure. He's full of shit, folks.



It's called a formality SDW.
post #291 of 386
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Originally posted by giant


It's called a formality SDW.

Oh so don't believe the LOR, just believe what you say to believe. Just pretend that the LOR doesn't exist.
post #292 of 386
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Originally posted by giant
http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/clinton.htm



I did type it in english:

This couldn't be a simpler sentence.

Fact: multiple bush administration officials, including two of his (meaning George W Bush) chief counter-terrorism advisors and a cabinet secretary, are speaking out that the Bush admin has been horrible on terrorism. This is a fact that requires no dots to connect. It is a fact that is undeniably true.

Got it?

I like how you avoided the other part of my post.
post #293 of 386
Albright said something interesting yesterday: basically that when they did bomb the asprin factory, and cruise missle the wildlife in Afghanistan they were accused of DOING TOO MUCH.

innnnnteeeeereeeesting

I remember Billy Boy not cumming clean on ML and Wag the Dog coming out at that time---errily close to the bombings. Everyone was talking about whether or not BC did this not in response to OBL but to draw attention to other quarters.

Not good timing---I think it led America to think that OBL was an "over there" problem, and more minor than it really was. Much in the same way that the bungled car bomb in the WTC tower gave a feeling of incompitence to these terrorists---honestly---they went back for the deposit on the van--and--their understanding of how the WTC towers were put together was not what it could have been.

Doubtless Clarke was there, kicking ass and using his flawless advisory powers to advise Amercia through dire straights. Maybe not.

So the Bush admin gets in late, the transition team is late, and ding dong (GB) orders a complete rework of the OBL strategy---and yep, it was too little too late. Some of the highjackers were in country in 1999, others came in a couple of months into 2001.

Albright said something else very interesting: that former Sen Bob Carrey(?) was THE ONLY ONE SHE KNEW OF THAT WANTED TO INVADE AFGAHNISTAN pre 9/11. That gives you an idea of how limited America was in it's repsonse. If GB had invaded Afghanistan in early 2001 they would have crucified him on the White House lawn---face it guys the whole thing is one big goupthink clusterfu<k.

The fact that GB can't hire loyal people IS a problem---maybe he's a prick---it doesn't matter, but this has little to do with the real reasons why America got sucker punched. Almost none---huge bueracracies DO NOT turn on a dime.

The last thing is the most worrisome. I heard somewhere right after 9/11 that in just about any other country that kind of event would have brought down the government.

It just did in Spain. Legitimzing this cheap sniping of the president---or even kicking him out of office---over 9/11 is giving the terrorists what they want---even more validation of their power over geopolitics. A profoundly dangerous thing.

Hey you guys hate Bush. fine You really believe in the two party system, fine. Pick Iraq, pick WMD, pick the economy, anything---demonize him how you want to---so we can get a "big change" in government. But Clarke, CBS and most of you on this thread are so eaten up with hating Bush that you have overlooked the wisdom of staying united on the issue of al Qeada---what kind of brains does a security advisor have to have in order to clearly sabotage a sitting president over this issue?



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post #294 of 386
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Originally posted by giant


It's called a formality SDW.

It's rather specific formality. If he has a bad impression of Bush on 9-11 he would have mentioned something else. Or nothing at all while being polite.
post #295 of 386
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Originally posted by Scott
It's rather specific formality. If he has a bad impression of Bush on 9-11 he would have mentioned something else. Or nothing at all while being polite.

I'd be willing to bet there's a lot we haven't heard about concerning this that will probably ( hopefully ) come out in the next few months.

Although this is pretty damning.

During that time everyone was dealing with the angst of the situation. During a time like that it's not customary to speak in the negative about your leader. Also now in hindsight it seems more telling.
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post #296 of 386
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Originally posted by jimmac
I'd be willing to bet there's a lot we haven't heard about concerning this that will probably ( hopefully ) come out in the next few months.

Although this is pretty damning.

During that time everyone was dealing with the angst of the situation. During a time like that it's not customary to speak in the negative about your leader. Also now in hindsight it seems more telling.

Bullshit. Total bullshit. So he just sat on this? Oh come on. The man is not credible. Everything he's said is totally unsubstantiated. His 60 minutes interview was laced with interpretation and conjecture.
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post #297 of 386
I love these little stories they tell themselves to explain away the obvious.

So tell me, guys, if all of these senior officials don't know what they are talking about, WTF is wrong with the Bush admin that it appoints them to the highest positions?

And how do you reconcile your belief that Bush has a super-duper counter-terrorism strategy with your belief that the Bush admin officials in charge of counter-terrorism don't know what they are talking about?

What's the story this time? And try not to talk about the freemasons or Cydonia.
post #298 of 386
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Originally posted by SDW2001
Everything he's said is totally unsubstantiated.

'Unsubstantiated' here apparently means 'corroborated by multiple individuals.'
post #299 of 386
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Originally posted by dmz
It just did in Spain. Legitimzing this cheap sniping of the president---or even kicking him out of office---over 9/11 is giving the terrorists what they want---even more validation of their power over geopolitics. A profoundly dangerous thing.


translation: a vote for Kerry is a vote for Bin Laden.
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post #300 of 386
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Originally posted by SDW2001
[B]Whoops. It seems Clarke praised Bush on his departure. He's full of shit, folks.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...er_3&printer=1


Why is this only coming up now? Why not go public right away? Answer: To sell books, aided by CBS btw, whose parent company stands to profit.

Anyone need a shovel?

Nice spin attempt. What a total non-event.

A LoR in the professional world always goes along the lines of "it's been a pleasure", not "hey boss, I'm quitting because you are a lying prick".

Even if you feel that way, you go out with some class. You might say how you really feel later, somewhere else, but not in your LoR. A "screw-you" LoR just isn't done, especially at that level.

Did you notice this from your link:
But the letter contains no praise of Bush's anti-terror actions before or after the attacks only on the day of.
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post #301 of 386
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Originally posted by SDW2001
Bullshit. Total bullshit. So he just sat on this? Oh come on. The man is not credible. Everything he's said is totally unsubstantiated. His 60 minutes interview was laced with interpretation and conjecture.

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" His 60 minutes interview was laced with interpretation and conjecture "
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Your statement sounds like conjecture to me!
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post #302 of 386
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Originally posted by SDW2001
Whoops. It seems Clarke praised Bush on his departure. He's full of shit, folks.

http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...er_3&printer=1


Why is this only coming up now? Why not go public right away? Answer: To sell books, aided by CBS btw, whose parent company stands to profit.

Anyone need a shovel?

From the interview in Salon with Clarke:

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You said on "60 Minutes" that you expected "their dogs" to be set on you when your book was published, but did you think that the attacks would be so personal?


ClarkeOh yeah, absolutely, for two reasons. For one, the Bush White House assumes that everyone who works for them is part of a personal loyalty network, rather than part of the government. And that their first loyalty is to Bush rather than to the people. When you cross that line or violate that trust, they get very upset. That's the first reason. But the second reason is that I think they're trying to bait me -- and people who agree with me -- into talking about all the trivial little things that they are raising, rather than talking about the big issues in the book.


Why did you write the book now? That's a question they raise. Did it occur to you that this would be an election year and it would be especially controversial because of that, and that these commission hearings were coming up?

Clarke I wanted the book to come out much earlier, but the White House has a policy of reviewing the text of all books written by former White House personnel -- to review them for security reasons. And they actually took a very long time to do that. This book could have come out much earlier. It's the White House that decided when it would be published, not me. I turned it in toward the end of last year, and even though there was nothing in it that was not already obviously unclassified, they took a very, very long time.

Don't bother reading the reasons . . . in fact don't bother thinking . . oh wait! that's never bothered you before . . .
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #303 of 386
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Originally posted by pfflam
From the interview in Salon with Clarke:

Don't bother reading the reasons . . . in fact don't bother thinking . . oh wait! that's never bothered you before . . .

Give it up this guy is another kerry:

RICHARD CLARKE: Actually, I've got about_seven points, let me just go through them quickly. Um, the first point, I think the overall point is, there was no plan on Al Qaeda that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration.

Second point is that the Clinton administration had a strategy in place, effectively dating from 1998. And there were a number of issues on the table since 1998. And they remained on the table when that administration went out of office__issues like aiding the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan, changing our Pakistan policy -- uh, changing our policy toward Uzbekistan. And in January 2001, the incoming Bush administration was briefed on the existing strategy. They were also briefed on these series of issues that had not been decided on in a couple of years.

And the third point is the Bush administration decided then, you know, mid-January, to do_two things. One, vigorously pursue the existing policy, including all of the lethal covert action findings, which we've now made public to some extent.

And the point is, while this big review was going on, there were still in effect, the lethal findings were still in effect. The second thing the administration decided to do is to initiate a process to look at those issues which had been on the table for a couple of years and get them decided.

So, point five, that process which was initiated in the first week in February, uh, decided in principle, uh in the spring to add to the existing Clinton strategy and to increase CIA resources, for example, for covert action, five-fold, to go after Al Qaeda.

The sixth point, the newly-appointed deputies__and you had to remember, the deputies didn't get into office until late March, early April. The deputies then tasked the development of the implementation details, uh, of these new decisions that they were endorsing, and sending out to the principals.

Over the course of the summer__last point__they developed implementation details, the principals met at the end of the summer, approved them in their first meeting, changed the strategy by authorizing the increase in funding five-fold, changing the policy on Pakistan, changing the policy on Uzbekistan, changing the policy on the Northern Alliance assistance.

And then changed the strategy from one of rollback with Al Qaeda over the course [of] five years, which it had been, to a new strategy that called for the rapid elimination of al Qaeda. That is in fact the timeline.

QUESTION: When was that presented to the president?

CLARKE: Well, the president was briefed throughout this process.

QUESTION:_But when was the final September 4 document? (interrupted) Was that presented to the president?

CLARKE: The document went to the president on September 10, I think.

QUESTION: What is your response to the suggestion in the [Aug. 12, 2002] Time [magazine] article that the Bush administration was unwilling to take on board the suggestions made in the Clinton administration because of animus against the__general animus against the foreign policy?

CLARKE: I think if there was a general animus that clouded their vision, they might not have kept the same guy dealing with terrorism issue. This is the one issue where the National Security Council leadership decided continuity was important and kept the same guy around, the same team in place. That doesn't sound like animus against uh the previous team to me.

JIM ANGLE: You're saying that the Bush administration did not stop anything that the Clinton administration was doing while it was making these decisions, and by the end of the summer had increased money for covert action five-fold. Is that correct?

CLARKE: All of that's correct.

ANGLE: OK.

QUESTION:_Are you saying now that there was not only a plan per se, presented by the transition team, but that it was nothing proactive that they had suggested?

CLARKE: Well, what I'm saying is, there are two things presented. One, what the existing strategy had been. And two, a series of issues__like aiding the Northern Alliance, changing Pakistan policy, changing Uzbek policy__that they had been unable to come to um, any new conclusions, um, from '98 on.

QUESTION: Was all of that from '98 on or was some of it ...

CLARKE: All of those issues were on the table from '98 on.

ANGLE: When in '98 were those presented?

CLARKE: In October of '98.

QUESTION:_In response to the Embassy bombing?

CLARKE: Right, which was in September.

QUESTION:_Were all of those issues part of alleged plan that was late December and the Clinton team decided not to pursue because it was too close to ...

CLARKE: There was never a plan, Andrea. What there was was these_two things: One, a description of the existing strategy, which included a description of the threat. And two, those things which had been looked at over the course of two years, and which were still on the table.

QUESTION: So there was nothing that developed, no documents or no new plan of any sort?

CLARKE: There was no new plan.

QUESTION:_No new strategy__I mean, I don't want to_get into a semantics ...

CLARKE: Plan, strategy__there was no, nothing new.

QUESTION:_'Til late December, developing ...

CLARKE: What happened at the end of December was that the Clinton administration NSC principals committee met and once again looked at the strategy, and once again looked at the issues that they had brought, decided in the past to add to the strategy. But they did not at that point make any recommendations.

QUESTIONS:_Had those issues evolved at all from October of '98 'til December of 2000?

CLARKE: Had they evolved? Um, not appreciably.

ANGLE: What was the problem? Why was it so difficult for the Clinton administration to make decisions on those issues?

CLARKE: Because they were tough issues. You know, take, for example, aiding the Northern Alliance. Um, people in the Northern Alliance had a, sort of bad track record. There were questions about the government, there were questions about drug-running, there was questions about whether or not in fact they would use the additional aid to go after Al Qaeda or not. Uh, and how would you stage a major new push in Uzbekistan or somebody else or Pakistan to cooperate?

One of the big problems was that Pakistan at the time was aiding the other side, was aiding the Taliban. And so, this would put, if we started aiding the Northern Alliance against the Taliban, this would have put us directly in opposition to the Pakistani government. These are not easy decisions.

ANGLE: And none of that really changed until we were attacked and then it was ...

CLARKE: No, that's not true. In the spring, the Bush administration changed__began to change Pakistani policy, um, by a dialogue that said we would be willing to lift sanctions. So we began to offer carrots, which made it possible for the Pakistanis, I think, to begin to realize that they could go down another path, which was to join us and to break away from the Taliban. So that's really how it started.

QUESTION: Had the Clinton administration in any of its work on this issue, in any of the findings or anything else, prepared for a call for the use of ground forces, special operations forces in any way? What did the Bush administration do with that if they had?

CLARKE: There was never a plan in the Clinton administration to use ground forces. The military was asked at a couple of points in the Clinton administration to think about it. Um, and they always came back and said it was not a good idea. There was never a plan to do that.

Break in briefing details as reporters and Clarke go back and forth on how to source quotes from this backgrounder.)

ANGLE: So, just to finish up if we could then, so what you're saying is that there was no__one, there was no plan; two, there was no delay; and that actually the first changes since October of '98 were made in the spring months just after the administration came into office?

CLARKE: You got it. That's right.

QUESTION: It was not put into an action plan until September 4, signed off by the principals?

CLARKE: That's right.

QUESTION: I want to add though, that NSPD__the actual work on it began in early April.

CLARKE: There was a lot of in the first three NSPDs that were being worked in parallel.

ANGLE: Now the five-fold increase for the money in covert operations against Al Qaeda__did that actually go into effect when it was decided or was that a decision that happened in the next budget year or something?


CLARKE: Well, it was gonna go into effect in October, which was the next budget year, so it was a month away.

QUESTION:_That actually got into the intelligence budget?

CLARKE: Yes it did.

QUESTION: Just to clarify, did that come up in April or later?

CLARKE: No, it came up in April and it was approved in principle and then went through the summer. And you know, the other thing to bear in mind is the shift from the rollback strategy to the elimination strategy. When President Bush told us in March to stop swatting at flies and just solve this problem, then that was the strategic direction that changed the NSPD from one of rollback to one of elimination.

QUESTION: Well can you clarify something? I've been told that he gave that direction at the end of May. Is that not correct?

CLARKE: No, it was March.

QUESTION: The elimination of Al Qaeda, get back to ground troops now we haven't completely done that even with a substantial number of ground troops in Afghanistan. Was there, was the Bush administration contemplating without the provocation of September 11th moving troops into Afghanistan prior to that to go after Al Qaeda?

CLARKE: I can not try to speculate on that point. I don't know what we would have done.

QUESTION: In your judgment, is it possible to eliminate Al Qaeda without putting troops on the ground?

CLARKE: Uh, yeah, I think it was. I think it was. If we'd had Pakistani, Uzbek and Northern Alliance assistance.
post #304 of 386
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Originally posted by giant
I love these little stories they tell themselves to explain away the obvious.

So tell me, guys, if all of these senior officials don't know what they are talking about, WTF is wrong with the Bush admin that it appoints them to the highest positions?

And how do you reconcile your belief that Bush has a super-duper counter-terrorism strategy with your belief that the Bush admin officials in charge of counter-terrorism don't know what they are talking about?

What's the story this time? And try not to talk about the freemasons or Cydonia.

Anybody?
post #305 of 386
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HAHA and this is great, Clarke on Cheney:
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Vice President Cheney told Rush Limbaugh that you were not "in the loop," and that you're angry because you were passed over by Condi Rice for greater authority. And in fact you were dropped from Cabinet-level position to something less than that. How do you respond to what the Vice President said?


Clarke The vice president is becoming an attack dog, on a personal level, which should be beneath him but evidently is not.

I was in the same meetings that Dick Cheney was in, during the days after 9/11. Condi Rice and Dick Cheney appointed me as co-chairman of the interagency committee called the "Campaign Committee" -- the "campaign" being the war on terrorism. So I was co-chairing the interagency process to fight the war on terrorism after 9/11. I don't think I was "out of the loop."


The vice president commented that there was "no great success in dealing with terrorists" during the 1990s, when you were serving under President Clinton. He asked, "What were they doing?"

Clarke
It's possible that the vice president has spent so little time studying the terrorist phenomenon that he doesn't know about the successes in the 1990s. There were many. The Clinton administration stopped Iraqi terrorism against the United States, through military intervention. It stopped Iranian terrorism against the United States, through covert action. It stopped the al-Qaida attempt to have a dominant influence in Bosnia. It stopped the terrorist attacks at the millennium. It stopped many other terrorist attacks, including on the U.S. embassy in Albania. And it began a lethal covert action program against al-Qaida; it also launched military strikes against al-Qaida. Maybe the vice president was so busy running Halliburton at the time that he didn't notice.

Do I detect a lack of 'professional respect' for Cheney?!

And as far as his alliegences:
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Is it true that you're a registered Republican, as someone told me yesterday?

Clarke
Well, I vote in Virginia, and you can't register as a Republican or a Democrat in Virginia. The only way that anybody ever knows your party affiliation in Virginia is when you vote in a primary, because you have to ask for either a Republican or a Democratic ballot. And in the year 2000, I voted in the Republican presidential primary. That's the only record in the state of Virginia of my interest or allegiance.

He voted for McCain . . . too bad McCain didn't win hunh?!


and this following is just a note to the people who hold on to the anus of Bush with their tongues . . . maybe there should be a higher loyalty:
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Clarke: As regards my loyalty to President Bush, I was a career civil servant. I wasn't loyal to any particular political machine. When the president makes a big mistake -- like he has in the way that he has fought the war on terrorism by going into Iraq -- I think personal loyalty or party loyalty has got to be put aside.

And this about his being a friend of a freind of:
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Were you concerned about your friendship with Rand Beers being used, as it is now, to suggest that you did this in order to help John Kerry in his presidential campaign?


Clarke
This is the most interesting charge against me -- that I am a friend of Rand Beers, as if that's some terrible thing. Who is Rand Beers? Until a year ago, he was someone who was working for George Bush in the White House. He worked for George Bush's father in the White House. He worked for Ronald Reagan in the White House. But now it's a terrible thing to be a friend of Rand Beers? He and I have been friends for 25 years. I'm not going to disown him because he's working for John Kerry. He's my friend, he's going to stay my friend, we teach a course together [at Harvard]. He works for John Kerry. I don't.

He also talks about the daily meetings where the 'I don't want to swat flies' statement was made by Bush, namely, that they were daily meetings where Tenet had been bringing up Al Quida over and over and over with little to no response, until, one day, that statement and question about strategy . .
then, guess what? then nothing, no follow through!!! by the President, or Condi Rice . . . an apparent 'fleeting interest' only . . .

These are our leaders folks . . . . .



read it HERE
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #306 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by pfflam
HAHA and this is great, Clarke on Cheney: Do I detect a lack of 'professional respect' for Cheney?!

And as far as his alliegences: He voted for McCain . . . too bad McCain didn't win hunh?!


and this following is just a note to the people who hold on to the anus of Bush with their tongues . . . maybe there should be a higher loyalty:

And this about his being a friend of a freind of: He also talks about the daily meetings where the 'I don't want to swat flies' statement was made by Bush, namely, that they were daily meetings where Tenet had been bringing up Al Quida over and over and over with little to no response, until, one day, that statement and question about strategy . .
then, guess what? then nothing, no follow through!!! by the President, or Condi Rice . . . an apparent 'fleeting interest' only . . .

These are our leaders folks . . . . .



read it HERE

I guess you don't believe his own words that I posted before.

Selective comprehension.

Bottom line he is a liar ether then or now, because both "truths" cannot coexist.
post #307 of 386
Clarke is testifying right now. You can catch a live video feed on the BBC.
meh
meh
post #308 of 386
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by NaplesX
I guess you don't believe his own words that I posted before.

Selective comprehension.

Bottom line he is a liar ether then or now, because both "truths" cannot coexist.

7 points in Clarke's strategy that he reads out to the interviewer . . . Clarke put forth his strategy and yet it was not adopted till after 911 . . . it was Clarke's strategy.

and then, what? what are you pointin to?
The fact that Clarke discusses how the Bush administration's vision was clouded by 'animus' so that they did not adopt the Clinton strategies?
And then he talks about the BushCo keeping the same team . . . the NSC in place . . .

as far as Clinton waiting till December . . . perhaps that has to do with the Cole Bombing?
No?

Perhaps you are the one who is selectively comprehending?
and just look at the sickening little tricks that your source uses to subtly discredit Clarke . . . keeping all the 'um's in the interview!!
That is absolutely absurd . . . it is the lowest form of manipulation
when their actual interview turns up virtually nothing slanderous then they will make sure to add little idiotic verbal dreck to try and make Clarke sound dumb . . .

well . . . obviously, if you have heard the man speak, he is very elloquent and talks without dreck filled hesitations . . .

Cheap trick from a desperate PR machine
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #309 of 386
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Harald
Clarke is testifying right now. You can catch a live video feed on the BBC.

LINKY?!?!?!?!
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #310 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by pfflam
LINKY?!?!?!?!

Linky.
meh
meh
post #311 of 386

In our desire to impose form on the world we have lost the capacity to see the form that is there;
and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

In our desire to impose form on the world we have lost the capacity to see the form that is there;
and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

post #312 of 386
Thread Starter 
The questioner in the testemony notes a letter that Clarke wrote BEFORE 911

saying

"HEY when all the dead American bodies are on the ground will you ask yourself what you could have done" (paraphrase)

let me say that again: a letter from Clarke BEFORE 911!!!
warning of American deaths and complaining about the lack of effort!!!
ON SEPT 4TH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- read it and weep . . . all of us weep!!!
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #313 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by pfflam
7 points in Clarke's strategy that he reads out to the interviewer . . . Clarke put forth his strategy and yet it was not adopted till after 911 . . . it was Clarke's strategy.

and then, what? what are you pointin to?
The fact that Clarke discusses how the Bush administration's vision was clouded by 'animus' so that they did not adopt the Clinton strategies?
And then he talks about the BushCo keeping the same team . . . the NSC in place . . .

as far as Clinton waiting till December . . . perhaps that has to do with the Cole Bombing?
No?

Perhaps you are the one who is selectively comprehending?
and just look at the sickening little tricks that your source uses to subtly discredit Clarke . . . keeping all the 'um's in the interview!!
That is absolutely absurd . . . it is the lowest form of manipulation
when their actual interview turns up virtually nothing slanderous then they will make sure to add little idiotic verbal dreck to try and make Clarke sound dumb . . .

well . . . obviously, if you have heard the man speak, he is very elloquent and talks without dreck filled hesitations . . .

Cheap trick from a desperate PR machine

QUESTION: What is your response to the suggestion in the [Aug. 12, 2002] Time [magazine] article that the Bush administration was unwilling to take on board the suggestions made in the Clinton administration because of animus against the__general animus against the foreign policy?

CLARKE: I think if there was a general animus that clouded their vision, they might not have kept the same guy dealing with terrorism issue. This is the one issue where the National Security Council leadership decided continuity was important and kept the same guy around, the same team in place. That doesn't sound like animus against uh the previous team to me.

JIM ANGLE: You're saying that the Bush administration did not stop anything that the Clinton administration was doing while it was making these decisions, and by the end of the summer had increased money for covert action five-fold. Is that correct?

CLARKE: All of that's correct.

Animus? Clark did not think so.

That was a direct transcript from a background press briefing in 2002 august I think it was. With Jim Engle of Fox news recording it on tape. Here is how fox discribes it.

WASHINGTON__The following transcript documents a background briefing in early August 2002 by President Bush's former_counterterrorism coordinator Richard A. Clarke to a handful of reporters, including Fox News' Jim Angle. In the conversation, cleared by the White House on Wednesday for distribution, Clarke describes the handover of intelligence from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration and the latter's decision to revise the U.S. approach to Al Qaeda. Clarke was named special adviser to the president for cyberspace security in October 2001. He resigned from his post in January 2003

So how is that a dirty trick?
post #314 of 386
Thread Starter 
What does that tell you?

Does it say anything about Bush taking on anything proactively?
NO
It talks about him taking the same staff
yes the animus thing I misread . . other than that it is notable for a lack of meaningful information . . . and certainly does not, in any way, disprove or negate Clarke's current testimony . . . it does not make him a liar at all.

and the cheap little tricks are the interviewer's keeping the 'um's . . . that is a stupid little propaganda technique . . . But what else do you expect from FOX?!?!?!
Just that little cheap-ass trick should be enough to discredit anyting from that propaganda machine.
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #315 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by pfflam
What does that tell you?

Does it say anything about Bush taking on anything proactively?
NO
It talks about him taking the same staff
yes the animus thing I misread . . other than that it is notable for a lack of meaningful information . . . and certainly does not, in any way, disprove or negate Clarke's current testimony . . . it does not make him a liar at all.

and the cheap little tricks are the interviewer's keeping the 'um's . . . that is a stupid little propaganda technique . . . But what else do you expect from FOX?!?!?!
Just that little cheap-ass trick should be enough to discredit anyting from that propaganda machine.

Um I guess you misread this part too, huh?

ANGLE: And none of that really changed until we were attacked and then it was ...

CLARKE: No, that's not true. In the spring, the Bush administration changed__began to change Pakistani policy, um, by a dialogue that said we would be willing to lift sanctions. So we began to offer carrots, which made it possible for the Pakistanis, I think, to begin to realize that they could go down another path, which was to join us and to break away from the Taliban. So that's really how it started.

QUESTION: Had the Clinton administration in any of its work on this issue, in any of the findings or anything else, prepared for a call for the use of ground forces, special operations forces in any way? What did the Bush administration do with that if they had?

CLARKE: There was never a plan in the Clinton administration to use ground forces. The military was asked at a couple of points in the Clinton administration to think about it. Um, and they always came back and said it was not a good idea. There was never a plan to do that.

Break in briefing details as reporters and Clarke go back and forth on how to source quotes from this backgrounder.)

ANGLE: So, just to finish up if we could then, so what you're saying is that there was no__one, there was no plan; two, there was no delay; and that actually the first changes since October of '98 were made in the spring months just after the administration came into office?

CLARKE: You got it. That's right.

QUESTION: It was not put into an action plan until September 4, signed off by the principals?

CLARKE: That's right.
post #316 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by pfflam
What does that tell you?

Does it say anything about Bush taking on anything proactively?
NO
It talks about him taking the same staff
yes the animus thing I misread . . other than that it is notable for a lack of meaningful information . . . and certainly does not, in any way, disprove or negate Clarke's current testimony . . . it does not make him a liar at all.

and the cheap little tricks are the interviewer's keeping the 'um's . . . that is a stupid little propaganda technique . . . But what else do you expect from FOX?!?!?!
Just that little cheap-ass trick should be enough to discredit anyting from that propaganda machine.

or this part:

ANGLE: Now the five-fold increase for the money in covert operations against Al Qaeda__did that actually go into effect when it was decided or was that a decision that happened in the next budget year or something?


CLARKE: Well, it was gonna go into effect in October, which was the next budget year, so it was a month away.

QUESTION:_That actually got into the intelligence budget?

CLARKE: Yes it did.

QUESTION: Just to clarify, did that come up in April or later?

CLARKE: No, it came up in April and it was approved in principle and then went through the summer. And you know, the other thing to bear in mind is the shift from the rollback strategy to the elimination strategy. When President Bush told us in March to stop swatting at flies and just solve this problem, then that was the strategic direction that changed the NSPD from one of rollback to one of elimination.

QUESTION: Well can you clarify something? I've been told that he gave that direction at the end of May. Is that not correct?

CLARKE: No, it was March.
post #317 of 386
I think I just heard him say that even if all of the proposals were implemented it still wouldn't have prevented 9/11.

edit:

"vigorously persued existing Clinton policies"? wow

end edit

Groupthink. Case closed.

In our desire to impose form on the world we have lost the capacity to see the form that is there;
and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

In our desire to impose form on the world we have lost the capacity to see the form that is there;
and in that lies not liberation but alienation, the cutting off from things as they really are. --...

post #318 of 386
Thread Starter 
Naples, why don't you put it into your words what exactly is supposed to be such a big negation here . . .

Just interpret what is written and make it an arguement that comes out of your brain . . . Perhaps I am just too pre-occupied to make it into something "devestating" . . . but it just doesn't seem meaningful . . .

still . . . as far as I can tell, nothing is discredited, except, from what I was able to see of Clarke's testimony: the Bush administration's terror strategies, through an obsession with an idiotic invasion of Iraq and just plain lack of follow through . . . . no proactive follow through with any aggressive plans, no sustained discourse . . . simply lack of leadership

just look around and see what has ensued . . . "case closed"
"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

"They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."
--George W Bush

"Narrative is what starts to happen after eight minutes
--Franklin Miller.

"Nothing...

post #319 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by pfflam
Naples, why don't you put it into your words what exactly is supposed to be such a big negation here . . .

Just interpret what is written and make it an arguement that comes out of your brain . . . Perhaps I am just too pre-occupied to make it into something "devestating" . . . but it just doesn't seem meaningful . . .

still . . . as far as I can tell, nothing is discredited, except, from what I was able to see of Clarke's testimony: the Bush administration's terror strategies, through an obsession with an idiotic invasion of Iraq and just plain lack of follow through . . . . no proactive follow through with any aggressive plans, no sustained discourse . . . simply lack of leadership

just look around and see what has ensued . . . "case closed"

Why do I have to interpret what he says himself. These are his own words, what more do you need?
post #320 of 386
Quote:
Originally posted by giant
Anybody?

I'm still waiting for a response to my post at the top of page 3. Pro Bush Zealots can throw conjectures and what not, but very few of them seem to actually want to ask hard questions and fewer still will actually answer the tough ones like "Was war the ONLY solution, and if so why?"

This discussion has gone way off track in my opinion because Clark's contention is that BushCo immediatly honed on Irag following 911. They knew OBL was a threat, and had a good idea OBL perpetrated 911, but still SH was the target. "Why are we in Iraq if OBL is the guy that attacked us people?"

This whole terror discussion is clouding the issue of general mismanagement because no matter who was in the WH at the time, the immediate reaction to the events would have been the same.

The actions after the attack are what counts, and I find it quite odd that we have a two-bit dictator in custody while a mass murderer runs free. "Why is that people?"

You guys can attack Clarke all you want but as has been pointed out, Clarke is not the first to come forward and say "These guys are AFU!"

Also, I like the masked quote of Colin Powell the in point one Naples (I know I said I'd never read another word from you but your long post intrigued me nontheless). Clinton may or may not have handed a plan over to Bush, that still remains to be seen because the Clintonians say they did. The fact of the matter is though Clinton handed over the man who formulated the plan!!! Hmmm, the man with the plan was in the Bush Wh, but was ignored. The Immediate respons to 911 from Rummy (Two people have said that similar statements came from his mouth) "Lets get Iraq!" (paraphrase).

My final question is what will it take to turn Bush zealots into anti-bush beleavers. I know what it would take for me to shift in the other direction_ Fire Rummy, and Cheney and show some honesty. ADMIT Iraq wasn't the ball of wax it was initially cracked up to be. Then I might change my views.

I find it odd that I dislike the administration but I'm willing to admit what they could do to sway me. I have NEVER seen a similar statement come from the mouth (or fingers) of a true beleaver.
"[Saddam's] a bad guy. He's a terrible guy and he should go. But I don't think it's worth 800 troops dead, 4500 wounded -- some of them terribly -- $200 billion of our treasury and counting, and...
"[Saddam's] a bad guy. He's a terrible guy and he should go. But I don't think it's worth 800 troops dead, 4500 wounded -- some of them terribly -- $200 billion of our treasury and counting, and...
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