Odds & Sods

Richard Clarke.
You know, nobody involved in the failure to prevent 9/11 covered themselves in glory. But Clarke’s 180 in sworn testimony (before congress in 2002, before the 9/11 Commission this week) on what was being done, and not being done, is especially wierd and destructive of his credibility. Particularly when you consider the timing of his book, CBS entitlement to book profits, his friendship and collaboration with Clintonite Rand Beers, his top-dog position for over 9 years (he hasn’t mentioned any particular failures on his own part, just a “we in government failed you” comment, I notice) and most of all, Clarke’s decision to put Osama bin Laden’s family members on planes to Saudi, at a time when no other commercial jets were flying. Most amazing of is that a bunch of Congressmen are pressing to declassify his 2002 testimony, and there are [stage] whispers from Congress about perjury prosecutions. You see, Congress gets a little funny when you tell them lies under oath. The Member leading the charge, Porter Goss (R-FL) is a very serious person. He’s an ex-CIA officer, and chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence. He is not a Bush poodle, and he is a man I would not trifle with, and Dick Clarke appears to have peed directly on Mr. Goss’s cornflakes. This is going to get a whole lot uglier, before it gets prettier…


Then there is blogger Matt Margolis getting his ass kicked by pro-Kerry union thugs. I guess that will teach him to wave a sign in favor of Bush around any Dems. In a nutshell, that is the Dems’ stance on First Amendment issues. They may not agree to what you say, but they will defend to the death your right to say it. With the caveat, of course, that by “the death” they mean your death, and with the additional caveat that your death may come a lot sooner than you think if they have anything to say about it.
I guess it’s what you’d expect from a party, whose chief uses a likeness of the President as a doormat. Funny, Republicans who did stuff like that – remember the Clinton-faced toilet paper? – were slammed as insane Clinton haters. To my knowledge, none of the people marketing the toilet paper or using it happened to be Republican Party chairmen.
Ahh, the Dem leadership. A class act. As in “no class.”
No plan, either. If you ever listen to John Kerry’s stump speech, he tells us… well, a lot of nothing. “My plan, will fix this country. Unlike the Republicans, my plan will be inclusive. My plan, will lead to unparalleled chickens in every pot. My plan, in short, is superior.” [Leaves the stage to the sound of whooping and cheers.]
Okay, I realize I’m a complete dick – but if he wants me to vote for him, am I being completely unreasonable in hoping to see a copy of the plan he references 91 times a minute, before I cast my vote? Or is the fact he has a superior plan, TBD, supposed to compel me to vote for him? The one fact he has mentioned is that he is going to change the law so that companies can’t move off short, for profit. Okay, fine. But (1) I wonder what Congress thinks about that; and (2) I wonder what Mrs. Kerry, whose Heinz Co. operates in 57 foreign countries, thinks about that.
It’s not a war between civilizations. That theory is all wrong. It’s a war between civilization, and not civilization. By way of proof: Here’s a broadcast of a popular Egyptian show, teaching you the ins and outs of beating the fuck out of your wife, without actually killing her. Meanwhile, here is an Imam who is going to lose his job, for suggesting that perhaps men ought to help out on the housework – you know, act as a respectful partner rather than as the fearful Caliph of the home.
That’s right folks, it’s a war between civilization, and not. And make no mistake – not all Muslims or Arabs are on the other side, and in fact, the shorthand of referring to them as the only threat against civilization is wrongheaded. The lefty pacifists, the socializers who can’t let a war and the cost of guns get in the way of butter giveaways, along with other knuckleheads in this country who are equally destructive of the social fabric in their own way – all are equally nihilistic and equally opposed to Western Civ. They may not be as honest as the Islamofascists, or as direct or as openly violent. But they definitely have each others’ flank in this assault on Western culture.
Silflay Hraka, y’all. If you aren’t checking out Hraka on a reg’lar basis, you are missing out. Bigwig and the boys are running a couple first rate group blogs. You may not hear about something first from Bigwig, but you will definitely hear about it if it is worth hearing about. Take for instance this post about another blogger, who has discovered that the outrage over 9/11, is actually a half dozen “men in the street” who coincidentally get interviewed over and over again for their opinions on Bush and 9/11. Bigwig is also running an apparently conservative anonyblog, The Warren, plus a good blog about, well, Fishin’, Stinkin’ ‘n’ Drinkin’. Oh yeah, and Bigwig also started the idea of “Carnivals” of blogs. So, take advantage of the linky-love and give Hraka a hit. Before you get absorbed into their Borg-like hive of blogs.
Then there’s AllahPundit. Wow. What can I say, but “May his first offspring be a male child.”
Bill Raftery doing the color commentary on the NCAA Basketball tournament… is there anyone with more irritating verbal tics, this side of Bill “Random Incoherent Thoughts” Walton? Raftery does this thing where it sounds like he’s trying to take a crap while he’s doing color commentary. He grunts out a word slowly, like he ate too much cheeze, not enough celery the other day. “Shavlik Randolph… knaaaahhhhhhmmm-cks one down.”
Oh, jeebus Bill. If you can’t spit the words out without sounding like you are pushing one out, then shut the fuck up. You’re killing the game. The fact that it could be worse, Digger Phelps could be doing the broadcast, isn’t much consolation.
While I was at the CBS site, I noticed they are doing a special on Jesus. They are going to tell us what his life and ministry really meant. In the wake of the 60 Minutes / Simon & Schuster / Dick Clarke revelations, I can’t help but wonder if they own the rights to the Bible, or at least collect some royalties on it. And one wonders if Jesus, in a surprise move, will refute his earlier testimony.
Basta!
Take that any way you want.

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7 comments

  1. Steve

    Am curious as to how serious Goss and others are about declassifying those hearings.
    Am also wondering if that would do any good other than perhaps make Clarke look like an ass to a room full of historians at a convention.
    When the “undecided,” “independent,” and “fence straddlers” make up their mind they rarely change them. Least of all do they wish to be bothered with details. There had best be some of the smoking guns so beloved by the press or the whole matter will be dismissed as a Republican ploy to smear the “objective” Mr. Clarke.
    I notice Amazon has Mr. Clarke’s book ranked as #1. Buyers of the book purchased other tomes like the following: “Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush” by John W. Dean, “Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth” by Joe Conason, and “American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush” by Kevin Phillips. Amazon also recommends twenty other “like books” and I was disappointed not to find Hilary’s best selling epistle.

  2. M. Scott Eiland

    “I notice Amazon has Mr. Clarke’s book ranked as #1. Buyers of the book purchased other tomes like the following: “Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush” by John W. Dean, “Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth” by Joe Conason, and “American Dynasty: Aristocracy, Fortune, and the Politics of Deceit in the House of Bush” by Kevin Phillips. Amazon also recommends twenty other “like books” and I was disappointed not to find Hilary’s best selling epistle.”
    It’s been a bad week for the aluminium industry–a lot of moonbats who wouldn’t have spit on Clarke if he had been on fire two weeks ago are digging into their foil fund to buy his book.
    “(he hasn’t mentioned any particular failures on his own part, just a “we in government failed you” comment, I notice)”
    Hmmm–an apology that blames everyone involved in the enterprise but himself. Sound familiar? It was a standard for the guy Clarke worked for between 1993 and January 2001. No wonder Democrats seem to love this guy.

  3. Alene Berk

    Declassify the hearings? The White House has three options, and given the press’ attack mode, all are lose/lose.
    1. No declassification–coverup!
    2. Declassify with security edits–coverup!
    3. Declassify in full (not sure that’s an option)–press combs 15 hours of testimony for anti-Bush material
    (and there’s bound to be some), ignores Clarke contradictions.

  4. Al Maviva

    The best mainstream media coverage on Clarke is in today’s WashPost. Dana Milbank and another reporter – neither of them a Bush fan, dissect Clarke’s testimony and the other panel testimony, and conclude, in essence, “Clarke sure said some nasty things… but he basically said that the Bush Administration was following a beefed up version of the Clinton Administration policy Clarke had developed.”

  5. Steve

    I downloaded his testimony from audible.com and listened to it yesterday. He sounds like a smooth talking bureaucrat, too sure of himself, and with an ego bursting at the seams. He had more access under Clinton. With hindsight the organizational approach taken by the Bush administration may have been incorrect. His opinions regarding urgency weren’t shared by others. So he looks good and the Bush administration doesn’t. That seems to be one of the consistent attributes of witch hunts that are largely dependant on hindsight for their conclusions.

  6. John Humphreys

    I don’t think it’s surprising that Clarke would change his story a bit when he ends his employment with the government. Whether people admit it or not, bureaucrats are influenced by their political masters.