Wednesday, March 24, 2004

On Clarke

Rand Beers, John Brady Kiesling, John Brown, Greg Thielmann, Joseph Wilson, Karen Kwiatkowski, Paul O'Neill -- the list of former government workers who have indicted the Bush administration upon leaving their posts is lengthy. And now add perhaps the most damaging name: Richard Clarke.

Clarke is filling in the details, but the general thrust of his claims has long been known: Bush paid little attention to terrorism prior to 9/11, despite being warned periodically that a major attack was afoot; 9/11 was used as a pretext to invade Iraq; and, lastly, the war in Iraq has diverted resources, squandered political goodwill, and raised the ire of the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Anyone who doesn't already see this administration as being inept, corrupt, and criminal is either hopelessly clueless or wholly indoctrinated.