The Smearing Begins

Richard Clarke’s Legacy of Miscalculation:

“The retirement of Richard Clarke is appropriate to the reality of the war on terror. Years ago, Clarke bet his national security career on the idea that electronic war was going to be real war. He lost, because as al Qaeda and Iraq have shown, real action is still of the blood and guts kind. “

This is from February (after they knew he was writing a book exposing Bush), but is brought out on the far-right Drudge Report to honor his appearance on 60 Minutes, and begins the inevitable character assassination.

Doesn’t take long…

And what are Clarke’s sins?

In 1998, according to the New Republic, Clarke “played a key role in the Clinton administration’s misguided retaliation for the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which targeted bin Laden’s terrorist camps in Afghanistan and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.”

Helping Clinton go after bin Laden. THAT’S “misguided.” If you read the piece, it seems to say Clarke is a bad person because he say we should go after bin Laden instead of Saddam.