Skip to main content

Also from Al Hunt in the WSJ (no free edition).
The Bush White House is nervous about two forthcoming books by former insiders. Ex-Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill assails the president for a lack of interest in substantive policy in a book written by journalist Ron Suskind that will be trotted out with great fanfare on CBS's "60 Minutes" this weekend.

One Bush insider, however, ventures that no one really cares what a former Treasury secretary says. But, a book due out later by Richard Clarke, the White House's top terror expert under both President Clinton and President Bush, is another matter. Mr. Clarke is known to feel the Bush administration largely ignored the threat of terrorism and Osama bin Laden before 9-11, even after al Qaeda in June 2001 claimed responsibility for the bombing of the USS Cole, which killed 17 American soldiers.

(Via Political Wire.)

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 01:02 AM PST.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Misplaced Priorities (3.50)
    They're worried about shit like this? When the Carnegie folks are claiming they lied about the reasons they went to war?

    The mind reels.

    Time for bed.

    •  Powell's Reply (none)
      I think the Secretary of State's wise reply to Carnegie was uh uh.

      I am absolutely not a cog in the corporate machine!

      by MichaelPH on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 01:19:48 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Who will beat Bush? (3.50)
      The Answer: Bush

      He's had everything he needed to win another term. Instead, he or his team is trashing every piece of goodwill they might have earned, either through greed or hubris.

      •  Everything he needed? (none)
        He's been in there three years and he's only managed to accomplish two things: jack and shit.  Everything else he's done has either been a regression (doesn't count as an accomplishment) or a total failure.  

        But I guess I agree, he'll beat himself...just like he did last time.  He dumped 100 Million and still lost the popular vote.  The man is a sad chump, and that's the sweet truth.  

    •  The Apathy Presidency (4.00)
      Anyone keeping track of how many statements the WH has gone out of its way to release recently stating they are "unconcerned". Off the top of my head, they purportedly "aren't worried" about:
      • Howard Dean,
      • vanished jobs,
      • the Plame investigation,
      • the Carnegie report on WMD bait & switch,
      • investigations into corporate contracts for big Bush donors
      • the plan for a June cut & run in Iraq
      No wonder they're desperately trying to typify Democrats as angry: it's the only conceivable way to deter media from asking why BushCo barely gives a shit about anything except non-stop fundraising.
  •  Just another partisan (3.50)
    The WH and their lackies will try and spin Clarke off as another bitter Democrat, like Joe Wilson. Even though he's an intelligence professional.

    The O'Neill book could hurt Bush if he portrays him as a lightweight. People have an image of Bush, not an idea of who he really is.

  •  The Clarke books sounds interesting (none)
    Any word on when this book is supposed to come out?
  •  From and Perle (3.80)
    Anyone else catch From and Pearle on NPR this morning?  (Interviewed by Juan Williams, bringing his Fox right-wing toadie act back home).

    Jeez, but these guys are scary.  According to them, we're not doing nearly enough to crack down on terror.  We need to have national ID cards that you have to carry at all times.  We need to withdraw from the UN unless they change the charter to allow the US to invade any country without permission.  They're pretty much determined that you can have life only if you're willing to surrender liberty and the purfuit of happineff.

    When asked about Bush, they said "I don't see how anyone could do more than he has" and "the best thing we can do about terror is re-elect Bush, because if we don't, it's all over."

    Makes me think those Hitler ads everyone was complaining about were all too accurate.

    •  dumb and dumber (3.50)
      Yeah, the From/Perle interview was dreadful.  I started talking back to the radio whenever they said something stupid.  I think I seemed like a crazy street person, but DAMN! where did all the adults in the repub party go to?
    •  I heard it... (3.75)
      It was nothing less than frightening. They are freaks of the highest order, and I felt like I was listening to Satan himself.

      Pie or makes little difference.

      by theoria on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 01:41:45 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  Rise of Nazism, not genocide (none)
      Makes me think those Hitler ads everyone was complaining about were all too accurate.

      There is much to compare between what's happening in America now and the early days of Nazism and Hitler (the 1930s) as they took over an educated, industrial democratic nation and twisted it into a fascist state.

      I believe it's a calculated response by the right to always jump to the 1940s Hitler with the genocide. Of course this administration is nothing like that. But we can not ignore history or the warning signs of how a country can be taken over by a small group of maniacs with an agenda of power and control.

      George Bush has created the Frightened States of America, stripping away our rights.

      Always go where you're not wanted. -John Lydon

      by kherr on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 03:08:42 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Another Book ... (none)
    Another Book recently came out by a republican strategist about the Bush Dynasty about family, wealth and greed.  Recently on c-span, he stated he did not know why the media does talk about all the dirt on this whole clam going way back.  His name escapes me at the moment --
  •  Phillips, etc. (none)
    I'm very interested to read Phillips' book.  Hope the library will have a copy soon.  When you say From you don't mean Al From, cofounder of the DLC do you?  
    •  Frum, not From (none)
      When you say From you don't mean Al From, cofounder of the DLC do you?

      They actually mean David Frum, the co-author of An End to Evil, with Richard Perle.

      Then again, Frum, From ... what really is the difference?

      "Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't mix." - Harry S Truman

      by Sinfonian on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 02:16:41 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  big dif (none)
        It's a big difference.  I saw that DLC From motherf----- on the Lehrer News Hour this week after the Bradley announcement.  It was a terrible, terrible experience.

        At least Jim Lerher looked at him like we was a nauseating flake.  For Lehrer, y' understand.

        As I read the thread his face keeps floating in even though I know it's not him.  It's so nasty.

        "Just because we were whipped a thousand years ago is no reason to stop trying now." --Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

        by paradox on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 10:24:29 AM PST

        [ Parent ]

        •  That's what I meant (none)
          My point was that they're both assholes, although they (allegedly) come from different sides of the proverbial aisle.

          "Secrecy and a free, democratic government don't mix." - Harry S Truman

          by Sinfonian on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 06:56:46 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

    •  No, unfortunately... (none)
      Not Al From. I wish it were, then he'd just be your problem. It's David "Axis of Evil" Frum, The World's Most Embarrassing Canadian.
  •  books, will they turn the tide? (4.00)
    Will either of these books turn the tide of "public opinion"?
    Will something in either of these books do it?

    Or, has the tide already turned, and the press's pandering and illogic are the only threads holding onto the "broad support for Bush" theme.

    I continue to be fascinated that so many people are willing to see their country wasted away.  Oh, not to mention the planet.  Oh, not to mention the deficit.  Oh, not to mention unending wars to defeat unending evildoers.
    (i'm not feeling sarcastic, am I?)

  •  What the heck... (none)
    even after al Qaeda in June 2001 claimed responsibility for the bombing of the USS Cole

    Aren't Republicans always jumping on Clinton for not going after al Qaeda when they bombed the USS Cole?  If we did not know that al Qaeda was responsible, how could he have acted?

    Does anyone know if that sentence is correct?

    •  Clinton... (3.50)
      had plans for dismantling Al Qaeda and assassinating Osama bin Laden.  Bush, in effect, put his fingers in his ears and sang.  Loudly.  Off-key.

      Sorry I can't remember the source for this, but I did read it recently, and it was credible.

      Look Lois, the two symbols of the Republican party: an elephant, and a fat white guy who is threatened by change! -Peter Griffin

      by alli at notre dame on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 02:38:59 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Albright and Blumenthal (none)
        Both have said that Clinton attempted to assasinate bin Laden..and both have said that Clinton had strong anti-terrorism plans that were squashed by the Bush Whitehouse.

        But the information about when al Quaeda claimed responsiblity for the bombing is new to me...

    •  Al Qaeda "Responsibility" (none)
      Don't know if you've read it, but Al Franken's Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them gives a good look at this typical Republican response.  

      The book details what Clinton did in the White House (and includes glowing reviews from Reagan people about the Clinton anti-terrorism efforts)and also highlights Richard Clarke's appeals to Bush & Co. to implement measures to combat Al Qaeda, and how they basically dropped the ball.

      A fine good read, plus illuminating passages on Ann Coulter and Bill O'Lie-ly.

      "We know where they are. They're in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad." Donald Rumsfeld, 3/30/03

      by dyeworks on Fri Jan 09, 2004 at 12:16:19 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I always liked Paul O'Neil. (none)
  •  I predict.... (none)
    O'Neils book will get the normal amount of release fanfare you'd expect from a Cabinet official, but I can't envision the subject material from a Treasury Secretary being of much mainstream interest. The Clarke book, on the other hand, will have broad-based appeal both for it's subject matter (terrorism,national security) and the fact that Mr. Clarke served in both Democratic and Republican administrations. If any of the details are in any way scandalous I'd bet sales will easily top anything Franken, Moore (or maybe even Clinton) have put out.
  •  Not to burst anyone's bubble, but.... (none)
    One word: David Stockman
  •  Ron Suskind=Bush trouble (none)
    What no one here has commented on is the real author of the O'Neill book -- Ron Suskind.

    He's the guy who wrote that devastating article in late 2002 (IIRC) interviewing Prof. Iulio (not the right spelling -- he was the U of Penn prof who resigned from the WH "faith-based" theocracy initiative) in which he gave the "Karl Rove=Mayberry Mafia" quote.

    The point that it's not what O'Neill might say about Bush and his disinterest in substance that's worrying the WH.  After all, with Bush's explicitly-stated refusal to read newspapers already on the record and print reporters steadfastly ignoring its import, why should inevitably weaker anecdotes on the even more (to reporters) boring topic of macroeconomics cause any stir?

    It's Suskind's demonstrated ability, given insider tales, to paint a powerful picture of the thoroughgoing corruption of the WH that's worrying them.  And that should give us some hope of anecdotal hooks that Suskind (not O'Neill) spotlights that can help the Dems talk about the fact that this is the most corrupt Administration in American history.  Because even Grant and Harding were just being used as front men by the puppetmasters of the day, whereas Bush -- though in part a front man himself -- actually completely agrees with the giveaway of American government to corporate interests.

  •  Paul O'Neill needs to understand what happen to (none)
    Joe Wilson...

    Actually if can find a another stupid columnist like NOVAK, there's good money to be made.

    Go for O'Neill.

    Why work when you can let Novak work for you.

  •  oops (none)
    Actually if Paul can find a another stupid columnist like NOVAK, there's good money to be made.

    missed up again

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site