Clarke's Claims


As everybody now knows, Richard Clarke, a top terrorism advisor for the Clinton and both Bush administrations, says the president bungled the war on terrorism by ignoring the threat of al Qaeda and obsessing over Iraq.

National Security Advisor Condi Rice—who Clarke says appeared not to know what al Qaeda was during a meeting in 2001—gives the administration's response here.

The controversy grows. Josh Marshall says: "Someone is not levelling with us. If the press is worth anything it should find out who, right?" The Weekly Standard says "Clarke's testimonials are, in a word, bizarre." John Kerry, who's snowboarding in Sun Valley, awaits a Fed Ex package of the book.