Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Dick Praises Bush Team in '02

The 2002 "on background" transcript from Clarke to a group of journalists. Best quotes:

"Actually, I've got about seven points, let me just go through them quickly. Um, the first point, I think the overall point is, there was no plan on Al Qaeda that was passed from the Clinton administration to the Bush administration."

"And the third point is the Bush administration decided then, you know, in late January, to do two things. One, vigorously pursue the existing policy, including all of the lethal covert action findings, which we've now made public to some extent."

"And the point is, while this big review was going on, there were still in effect, the lethal findings were still in effect. The second thing the administration decided to do is to initiate a process to look at those issues which had been on the table for a couple of years and get them decided."

Its not long, but worth reading. It stands in stark contrast to Clarke's current positions.