James Lileks has another brilliant dissection of Richard Clarke’s tortured testimony before the 9/11 Commission. He’s right, Clarke’s arguments don’t hold much water. The Clinton Administration had eight years to deal with al-Qaeda, while the Bush Administration had eight months (most of which was spend trying to make up for lost time caused by the Florida debacle). Clinton had several opportunities to kill or arrest bin Laden, but chickened out of all of them because they were afraid of the consequences.
Now, Clarke’s previous Congressional testimony may be declassified, showing that Clarke is lying under oath in his current testimony. Clarke clearly has contradicted himself several times already, and it seems as though those lies will soon be catching up to him.