Putsch campaign was in a shambles today as the
allegations made by Richard Clarke about Putsch's
anti-terrorism efforts formed a big mushroom cloud
over the White House. Of course, the right wing
spin doctors, who never sleep, were frantically
cranking out excuses and rationalizations and
smears as fast as they could.
personal favorite was a quote from Richard Clarke's
letter of resignation, dated January 20, 2003:
"It has been an enormous privilege to serve you
these last 24 months. I will always remember the
courage, determination, calm, and leadership you
demonstrated on September 11th."
guess the idea was to say that Clarke was expressing
admiration for Putsch then, and stabbing him in
the back now.
trouble is, many of us remember the courage, determination,
calm and leadership Putsch demonstrated on September
11th. He spent the first 45 minutes -- after being
told that an attack on America bigger than Pearl
Harbor was taking place -- reading children's stories,
while his aides figured out what to do with him
to make him look Presidential. Then they spent
the rest of the day in a weird panicked flight
around the country.
have to wonder if Clarke had his tongue stuck
so firmly in his cheek as he was writing that
he dislocated the poor thing. I don't know if
you can dislocate a tongue, but trying to say
something nice about Putsch's deportment on that
day without making it a direct insult is pretty
place is "Clinton holdover,""Clinton man,"and
even "Clinton lackey." Clarke served 30 years
in government, and was appointed to the anti-terrorism
post under Reagan. I guess those eight years --
26% of his career -- tainted him or something.
Now, it is true that he did like Clinton better
than Reagan, Bush or the Whelp, but he had a fairly
straightforward reason for doing so. As head of
the anti-terrorism group, he found that Clinton
was more effective than any of the other three
Presidents in fighting terrorism. Indeed, he noted
in his book that under Reagan, over 250 Americans
died in terrorist attacks (mostly the blowing
up of the Marine barracks in Lebanon), 300 died
under Bush (mostly the Pan-Am/Locherbie bombing)
and several thousand died under Putsch.
Clinton's eight years, less than 50 Americans
died from terrorist acts. Clinton also had a much
better record than either of his predecessors
in tracking down and bringing to trial the perpetrators
of WTC93, the embassy bombings, and the USS Cole.
with Putsch, who just had another "Hogan's Heroes"
moment in the hills of our good buddy, Pakistan
(aka, "Nukes R Us!²), when, like in Afghanistan,
suspected al-Qaida members got clean away because
it never occurred to anyone that people who operated
underground might build . . . you know . . . tunnels?
Hell, the only reason we "found" Saddam was because
the Kurds who were holding him got tired of feeding
his scraggly ass.
yeah, and Putsch pissed off the world and left
the US bereft of meaningful allies even while
he FUBARed the whole "war on terror" bit.
part of the spin is that Clarke was angry, embittered,
and looking to cash in. Astute readers will recall
that right wingers accused Paul O'Neill of trying
to "cash in" and maybe have reflected that O'Neill,
a billionaire, probably found the several hundred
grand he got from book sales mighty useful.
of course, is no billionaire, but if you want
to get rich writing a book about Putsch while
not having to worry about finding that someone
has torched your lawn flamingoes during the night,
write a pro-Putsch book. Get Murdoch or Moon to
buy up a couple of hundred thousand copies to
distribute free to the droolers on NewsMax and
Free Republic, and you have an instant and effortless
best seller, like Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly.
And like those guys, you don't have to bother
fact checking because there aren't going to be
any facts that need checking. Writing for the
idiots is more lucrative, safer, and MUCH easier.
Just remember not to use too many big words.
doesn't take much imagination to realize that
Clarke is going to be subject to a gigantic smear
campaign for some time to come. Somehow, I don't
think he did it for a piddling couple of hundred
middle east, never a paradise to begin with, is
now on the verge of complete chaos, and the terrorists
in al Qaida and the hundreds of other such groups
(many of which didn't exist in 2001) must be delighted.
is a lot said on the net about someone staging
a terrorist attack sometime between now and the
election. Left wing paranoids claim that Putsch
is going to allow or even stage such an attack
in order to get votes from a frightened populace.
Right wing paranoids claim it's because they hate
American freedom and American wealth, two American
attributes that most Americans enjoy in much lesser
amounts since 9/11.
the terrorists are smart (and the smart terrorists
are the ones who convince OTHER PEOPLE to go become
suicide bombs), they will stage such an attack,
both to hurt America and to get Putsch reelected.
idea of terrorism is to make the target look vulnerable
and even beatable, and hopefully, to goad the
government into adopting ever more repressive
and vicious counter-measures, which are both ineffective
against the terrorists and which tend to alienate
the subject population.
is the best thing that ever happened to terrorists.
They would LOVE to see him in office for another
as I read about Clarke's book, and saw the impact
it had on the Putsch campaign (the well-oiled
smear machine was busily making fun of Kerry's
ski park vacation, and suddenly went silent for
24 hours), I couldn't help but think that the
situation was analogous to that point in the Watergate
scandal when Nixon fired the special prosecutor
and his deputy, the infamous "Friday Night Massacre."
It was at that point that the Nixon administration
lost control of the Watergate process, and Nixon's
presidency was doomed.
long last, the media is asking question. More
importantly, the public is beginning to wonder.
may have destroyed the Putsch junta.
he has, it will be remembered as his greatest
blow of many against terrorism.
Posted: March 31, 2004