Clarke: You probably won’t see him here again (CBS)
I have been asked why Jihad Watch is not covering the Richard Clarke foofaw. The answer is simple: I agree with Neil Cavuto’s view (thanks to Ruth):
I am focused not so much on threats, real or imagined, before Sept. 11, but on threats very real and far from imagined post-Sept. 11. I find it incredibly ironic that during a week past and present administration officials were being grilled on what they knew and when they knew it, the militant terrorist group Hamas put out a dire warning on what they want to do and when they want to do it.
Let’s be very frank. Sept. 11 has come and gone. Nothing can bring those nearly 3,000 poor souls back. Mistakes were made, miscues were apparent, intelligence was anything but. But this isn’t about correcting wrongs. This is about settling political scores.
And here’s what I think: The terrorists are laughing at us. They’re laughing at our political infighting. They’re laughing at our obsession with all things shallow and nothing substantive. They’re laughing at a country more concerned with scoring points than getting answers. And here’s the killer, [they’re] laughing at us ignoring real killers.
I mean, did anyone find it even a tad odd that as we’re going back years, desperately reconstructing a tragic event, some of our worst enemies are reconstructing to do it again?
Hamas doesn’t like us. Al Qaeda doesn’t like us. A huge chunk of the Muslim world doesn’t like us, is recruiting against us, and is focusing on destroying us and those close to us. Look at Madrid. Look at Baghdad. Look at us. And all we can do in turn is play games — sifting old stories and old excuses in a pale attempt at justice.
Also — Barbara Amiel puts her finger on the core misapprehension :
If 9/11 can be reduced to being Washington’s fault, the irrational hate and destruction becomes almost manageable. Change administrations, and the Islamists will go away. Such a seductive, comforting thought echoes in most political battles and elections today. The wind from the east blows gritty grains of fear and delusion into the West’s eyes. One wonders apprehensively, which way the zeitgeist of this new millennium will turn. Worse, one fears the calamity that will really turn it hasn’t happened yet.