Saturday, March 20, 2004
Bush `Ignored Terrorism for Months,' Clarke Tells `60 Minutes'|
[Richard A.] Clarke served the last three presidential administrations as a senior White House adviser. He is chairman of Good Harbor Consulting LLC. His book, ``Against All Enemies,'' goes on sale Monday. He will testify before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks on Wednesday in Washington.It was a war waiting for an excuse. The blood of 600 American solders and countless Iraqi civilians is on the hands of the neocons.
In the interview, Clarke said Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld advocated military action against Iraq soon after the terror attacks of Sept. 11.
``Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq, and we all said, `No, no, al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. We need to bomb Afghanistan,''' Clarke said. ``Rumsfeld said there aren't good targets in Afghanistan, and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.''
Clarke is the second former high-ranking administration official to say the Bush team was determined to attack Iraq before terrorists struck the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.