Campaign Journal

Lizza, Ryan
April 2004
New Republic;4/5/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 12, p13
The author refutes claims by the administration of U.S. president George W. Bush that former antiterrorism czar Richard Clarke's recent criticisms of the White House are inconsistent with some of his previous statements. This week, the White House released Richard Clarke's resignation letter and suggested it somehow contradicts Clarke's criticism of the administration's terrorism policies. But the letter is perfectly consistent with what Clarke writes in "Against All Enemies." [N]otice how Clarke limits his praise to just one specific day. In his book, Clarke has almost identical praise for Bush's performance on 9/11. Clarke's whole complaint with Bush is that, despite what he said on 9/11, he didn't "stay at war until this is done." The next day, he was asking about Iraq. You can say Clarke's criticism is wrong, but there is no inconsistency with praising Bush on 9/11 and condemning his overall approach to terrorism. And, while we're on the subject of parting letters, why didn't Bush's aides also release the letter Bush sent Clarke?


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