DATE: 3/30/2004 08:48:00 AM
Frum on Clarke - David Frum rips into Richard Clarke on National Review Online.
This administration came into office to discover that al Qaeda had been allowed to grow into a full-blown menace. It lost six precious weeks to the Florida recount - and then weeks after Inauguration Day to the go-slow confirmation procedures of a 50-50 Senate. As late as the summer of 2001, pitifully few of Bush's own people had taken their jobs at State, Defense, and the NSC. Then it was hit by 9/11. And now, now the same people who allowed al Qaeda to grow up, who delayed the staffing of the administration, who did nothing when it was their turn to act, who said nothing when they could have spoken in advance of the attack - these same people accuse George Bush of doing too little? There's a long answer to give folks like that - and also a short one. And the short one is: How dare you?Sounds about right to me.