In Latest Deflection Spin, Dick Cheney Blames 9/11 on Richard Clarke
Dick Uncut: “Daily Show” Calls Out Cheney For Blaming 9/11
On Richard Clarke (VIDEO)
June 6, 2009
Thanks to a recent appearance at the National Press Club, Dick Cheney blamed
Richard Clarke for leaving the nation vulnerable to attack ahead of 9/11 saying,
“He obviously missed it.” Cheney was referring to the threat from
al Qaeda which Clarke had emphatically
warned the administration about several times before the fall of 2001.
Jon Stewart was not pleased with Dick Cheney for these accusations, nor the
members of the National Press Club who failed to challenge him about the assertion.
In a segment called “Dick Uncut,” Stewart used dark humor to take
both the former Vice President and the media to task for the events leading
up to 9/11 through the waterboarding of detainees. It simultaneously makes you
laugh and want to punch a whole through the wall.
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M – Th 11p / 10c|
And at Thinkprogress.org:
Cheney Blames Richard Clarke For 9/11: ‘He Missed
By Ali Frick
June 1st, 2009
Writing in Sunday’s Washington Post, Richard Clarke, the former counterterrorism
chief under Presidents Clinton and Bush, slammed Dick Cheney and Condoleezza
Rice for invoking what he called “the White House 9/11 trauma defense”
— namely, the shock of 9/11 was so great as to justify all and any actions
taken in the name of national defense. Clarke called the decisions on interrogations,
detentions, and Iraq were all “wrong,” and the White House panic
proved that Cheney and company had simply been ignoring the warning signs:
Cheney’s admission that 9/11 caused him to reassess the threats to
the nation only underscores how, for months, top officials had ignored warnings
from the CIA and the NSC staff that urgent action was needed to preempt a
major al-Qaeda attack.
Speaking at the National Press Club today, Cheney struck back at Clarke. When
asked about Clarke’s argument, Cheney — once again — invoked
the “burning ashes” of 9/11 and the victims who leaped to their
deaths from the World Trade Center. Then, quite succinctly, Cheney pinned the
entire blame for 9/11 on Clarke:
CHENEY: You know, Dick Clarke. Dick Clarke, who was the head of the counterrorism
program in the run-up to 9/11. He obviously missed it. The fact is that we did
what we felt we had to do, and if I had to do it all over again, I would do
exactly the same thing.
When the moderator reminded Cheney that Clarke had repeatedly warned the administration
about al Qaeda’s determination to attack the U.S., Cheney snarkily replied,
“That’s not my recollection, but I haven’t read his book.”
In fact, it was Cheney who “missed” the warning signs, not Clarke.
New York Times reporter Philip Shenon’s book, “The Commission:
The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation,” reprinted some of Clarke’s
emphatic e-mails warning the Bush administration of the al Qaeda threat throughout
“Bin Ladin Public Profile May Presage Attack” (May 3)
“Terrorist Groups Said Co-operating on US Hostage Plot” (May 23)
“Bin Ladin’s Networks’ Plans Advancing” (May 26)
“Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent” (June 23)
“Bin Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” (June 25)
“Bin Ladin Planning High-Profile Attacks” (June 30)
“Planning for Bin Ladin Attacks Continues, Despite Delays” (July
Similarly, Time Magazine reported in 2002 that Clarke had an extensive plan
to “roll back” al Qaeda — a plan that languished for months,
ignored by senior Bush officials:
Clarke, using a Powerpoint presentation, outlined his thinking to Rice. . . .
In fact, the heading on Slide 14 of the Powerpoint presentation reads, “Response
to al Qaeda: Roll back.” . . . The proposals Clarke developed
in the winter of 2000-01 were not given another hearing by top decision makers
until late April, and then spent another four months making their laborious
way through the bureaucracy before they were readied for approval by President
Cheney needs to check his “recollections” before blaming former
employees for the single most devastating attack in American history.