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February 14, 2005

Warnings of Al Qaeda

Michael Froomkin writes:

Discourse.net: See Clarke's Memo for Yourself: [revised] The National Security Archive has put Richard Clarke’s prophetic memo about Al Qaeda and terrorism (January 25, 2001) (pdf) online. Also note the very important attachments.

The significance of these memos is that they contradict the claim made by Dr. Condoleezza Rice and others, that the Clinton administration did not leave a plan behind to confront Al Qaeda…although you do have to wonder why they waited so long themselves.

Note that the memo itself is addressed to… Condoleezza Rice.

Posted by DeLong at February 14, 2005 05:03 PM


why they waited? remember that whole impeachment thing?

Posted by: Frank Emesis at February 14, 2005 06:32 PM

Actually, under Clinton, the military was opposed to ANY operations in Afghanistan. Shades of Somalia or Iran. Clinton had difficulty with the military if you recall. Also, remember that Afghanistan is surrounded by countries that would not allow US access- Iran, Pakistan, China and the Central Asian "Stans". When the US finally got Pakistan to agree, Musharrif took over in a military coup and the opportunity was lost. The US could not operate in Afghanistan prior to 9/11 because there were no regional allies that would allow logistics support. Bombing OBL was the only option and it was never successful.

Posted by: bakho at February 14, 2005 07:05 PM

I remember wondering where Rice grew up when she exclaimed 'nobody could have thought that an airplane could be used as a weapon, like a missile'.

Is there a movie about WWII which does not depict kamikaze pilots blowing themselves up by flying their airplanes into ships at sea and other targets, like a missile????????

Rice must have spent a lot of time reading books when she was a girl. And then ignoring memos from underlings she didn't like when she was an adult in the Bush admnistration.

Posted by: Jon Koppenhoefer at February 14, 2005 11:45 PM

There are actual movies of the "Kamikazies".

Posted by: eric bloodaxe at February 15, 2005 06:28 AM

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