Caught unaware? 

I have to say that I'm rather unimpressed by Richard Clarke's allegations that the White House was unprepared for the attacks of September 11.

Duh. Of course the Bush administration was unprepared for the attacks. It's a pretty simply conclusion, really: the attacks happened. They were not announced in advance. Ergo, we were caught off guard by the attacks. QED.

Judging from the fact that al-Qaeda still existed in good health in 2001, the Clinton administration didn't seem to have made much of an effort to eradicate al-Qaeda either. The DoD, FBI, and other federal agencies deal with a lot of intelligence about these sorts of things, and it's anyone's guess how they figure out how much weight to put on each piece of information.

I wonder if Richard Clarke would have complained about civil liberties if we had caught the hijackers on September 10; I know a lot of other folks would have.


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