Wednesday, March 24, 2004

An angry - and dangerous - man takes aim at Bush: "Clarke's gloves-off account has rocked the White House... Clarke is no doubt haunted by the fact that the attacks took place on his watch. But he argues that he and Tenet repeatedly warned Bush's senior staff of their fears. He scathingly criticises Wolfowitz for believing conspiracy theories that the first World Trade Centre attacks were linked to Iraq and for being obsessed with Saddam Hussein.

"Clarke is still furious that the war on terrorism switched its focus from al-Qaeda to Iraq. 'Nothing America could have done would have provided al-Qaeda and its new generation of cloned groups a better recruitment device than our unprovoked invasion of an oil-rich Arab country,' he says. 'It was as if Osama bin Laden, in some high mountain redoubt, were engaging in long-range mind control of George Bush, chanting, 'invade Iraq, you must invade Iraq'.'"

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