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  •  Dig the crucial line on this page: (none)
    "Attached is the year-end 2000 strategy on al Qida developed by the last Administration to give you.  Also attached is the 1998 strategy."

    So, Rice says no plan was turned over?  BULLSHIT!!!

    "I describe myself as a museum-quality tax-and-spend bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal." -- Garrison Keillor

    by greenknight on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 08:16:38 PM PST

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    •  What strikes me (4.00)
      As a crucial line is the particular phrasing at the beginning of the memo.  

      "Al Qida is not some narrow, little terrorist issue that needs to be included in broader, regional policy."

      Why would you write it like that?

      Either Clarke is being obnoxious for no reason and wagging his finger by writing to Condi Rice as if she were a schoolchild ("Now, listen, Al Qaeda is not this, it's that.."), or Clarke is deliberately referencing a discussion that was already held by using those specific words.  

      •  He might be doing both. (none)
        I suspect, though, that he is indeed referring to a previous discussion, as you say.  My handy copy of Against All Enemies suggests that he might have been reacting to Rice's decision to put off a Principals meeting until April 2001 (pages 230-231); he might have been saying, "No, look, this is not something that we can delay treating until the big picture is all formed.  This is big stuff all by itself."

        "I describe myself as a museum-quality tax-and-spend bleeding-heart knee-jerk liberal." -- Garrison Keillor... http://thegreenknight.blogspot.com

        by greenknight on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 09:54:09 PM PST

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      •  La-La-La-La-La (none)
        See Brad de Long's post today reply entitled
        La Forza del Destino, by Tante Aime, ending:

        (Shush, Ms. Rice is beginning her second aria!)

        "Non oscilli prego la barca," she's pleading with
        Mr. Kim. "Prego, prego, non oscilli la barca."
        [Morbidamente. Morbidamente.]

        Bravo!!!!!!!!!!! (Applause.)

        ================

        In bureaucracy, quibbling is high art, it's all wordsmithing, polishing with a fine sable brush that last ghost of a whisper of impatience or impotence into utterly mundane tenditiousness.
        Everything is done in pantomime and handshake and baaksheesh. Lots and lots of baaksheesh.

        In other words, our Fed is by it's very nature bungling and incompetent within the real world, rather like Bonny Charlie steering the Titanic.

        "Oh, I'm a jolly brave tampon, I am, I am!@"

        Hooo-ooh!

        "I began the revolution with 82 men. It does not matter how small you are, if you have faith and a plan of action." Fidel Castro

        by Lash Marks on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:07:29 PM PST

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