DATE: 4/02/2004 08:23:00 AM
On Clarke's "Apology" - Charles Krauthammer deals with Richard Clarke's apology in today's column:
Many were moved. I was not. For two reasons. First, the climactic confession "I failed you" - the one that packed the emotional punch - was entirely disingenuous. Clarke did the mea culpa then spent the next 2 1/2 hours of testimony - as he did on every talk show known to man and in the 300 pages of his book - demonstrating how everyone else except Richard Clarke had failed. And they failed because the stubborn, ignorant, ideologically blinkered, poll-driven knaves and fools he had been heroically fighting against in government would not listen to him.For eight years, Richard Clarke hyperventilated over cyber-terrorism and Y2K. He was a powerful man in the Clinton administration and became a less powerful one in the Bush administration. His book could be subtitled "Revenge of the Bureaucrat." There's nothing noble about Richard Clarke or his apology to the families of September 11. Vindictiveness is never pretty, especially when it comes with obvious self-promotion.