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  •  well (none)
    he said he will donate a large portion to the families, but also said he can't give it all away because the White House is doing everything it can to ruin his future professional career. Which is probably true. Like everything else he's done, he was prepared with that answer to Russert yesterday - and Russert I think was actually pretty easy on him. Perhaps because he knew he couldn't get this guy...Clarke is WAY too prepared, it's insanely impressive. Everyone I know who hears or watches this guy is blown away. What a patriot - I bought his book not because I think I'll learn anything new but to show my gratitude to him.

    "Don't let perfect become the enemy of good."

    by greebs on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 02:25:42 PM PST

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    •  Good on ya! (none)
      And on me, too! Bought Clarke's book (which I really couldn't afford at the time) to help boost it into best-seller status and keep his criticisms front and center.

      Same with the the Blumenthal, Alterman, Franken, Palast tomes, etc. It's a great alternative for those who won't contribute to a political campapaign, but who still want to do their part to bring about regime change.

      So keep buying those exposes and passing your copies along to family and friends.

      "Folly is wont to have more followers and comrades than discretion." -Cervantes-

      by Don Quixote on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 03:50:46 PM PST

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      •  Or in my case... (none)
        It's not won't contribute -- I'd love to, but I can't.

        But I can buy the books of the truth-tellers.

        It doesn't hurt one bit that Clarke's tale is absolutely gripping. That first chapter, especially, with the inside narrative of the events in the situation room is worth the cover price all by itself. Not in a take-Bush-down sense (indeed, Bush's initial reaction comes off a little better than I'd imagined it), but just for its vivid inside view of how the emergency was handled.

        Unfortunately, the next time terrorists hit -- and it will happen -- there will not be a Richard Clarke to step in and take charge. A number of the competent career professionals have been driven out. How many are left? How badly has the response capability to an emergency been degraded by the Bush admin's relentless politicization?

        Does anyone here think Tom Ridge is an acceptable substitute for a Clarke?

        Er, we'd really like you guys to go back to being a GOOD influence on us.

        by Canadian Reader on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 04:36:43 PM PST

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        •  Not so sure (none)
          Don't be so sure. There are a lot of bureaucats, smart ones who don't like kool-aid, or being marginalized, or being outed, or or or

          Regime Change Begins at Home. Prune the Shrub in 04 --Snixiby

          by oofer on Mon Mar 29, 2004 at 04:57:33 PM PST

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