How credible is Richard Clarke?
When Richard Clarke appeared before the 9/11 commission last week, Republican panelist James Thompson abruptly challenged him to reconcile his damning book with a contradictory pro-Bush Administration statement. “We have your book, and we have your press briefing … Which is true?” Is Clarke, terrorism czar for the past two Administrations, a truth teller or a lying opportunist? Clarke’s timing is indeed convenient. Against All Enemies came out the week he testified before the commission. If he receives a typical royalty rate, he would make at least $1.8 million from sales. But Clarke is not easily caricatured. He just ended a 30-year stint for the Federal Government in which work, not money, was his life. He never married. He lives, according to his book, in an “old Sears-catalog house.” He has served three Presidents. Until he retired last year, he spent holidays holed up in command centers, worrying about Americans’ safety. Every footprint Clarke has left leads back to his obsession with terrorism—not money. Full Story