If Mr. Clarke is right (and I have no reason to disbelieve him, but then his story agress with what I see) then this administration has a lot to answer for.
Then consider this:
- We have American troops in harm’s way in Iraq. To date some 585 Americans have died in Iraq, 3,343 Americans have been wounded. How many kids will not know their daddys or play baseball with their dads because we elected a man too arrogant to listen to ideas with which he disagreed?
- We have American troops in Iraq. They read the news. How in the hell are they going to put on their gear and go on patrol knowing that their Commander in Chief put them there under false pretenses?
- The Arab world is watching us very closely. How can we wield any influence at all with them knowing we’re lying bullies?
- $180 BILLION dollars have been spent. That’s MY money. That’s YOUR money. How do we justify the debt incurred due to the misrepresentation of this administration?
It’d be easy to say that Richard Clarke has opened a can of shit that this country shouldn’t have to deal with. The morale issues with our soldiers - the lost opportunities with allies and foes alike - the utter destruction of our credibilty - the political dvisions within American that will only widen. He should have kept his mouth shut - we’ll just deal with what we’ve got.
That’d be far too easy though. We deserve the truth and should demand it from our leaders. If even half of what Mr. Clarke says is true, then ultimately we’ll be better off for suffering the short term pain.
Mr. Bush needs to answer these allegations - needs to answer for these allegations.
If nothing else this is going to be interesting to watch: the press seems to smell a little blood and a frenzy may start. Moreover the battle OF the media will be of great interest - is it truly liberal? I think we’ll get a clearer picture of where things stand as a result of this.