The Right Coast

April 06, 2004
It depends on the meaning of "urgent"
By Mike Rappaport

If any more were needed to discredit Richard Clarke's partisan attacks, consider this from the Washington Times (Hat tip: Ranting Profs):
    The final policy paper on national security that President Clinton submitted to Congress -- 45,000 words long -- makes no mention of al Qaeda and refers to Osama bin Laden by name just four times.
    The scarce references to bin Laden and his terror network undercut claims by former White House terrorism analyst Richard A. Clarke that the Clinton administration considered al Qaeda an "urgent" threat, while President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, "ignored" it.