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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Taking the measure of the measuredness of Richard Clarke

Perhaps the most articulate and credible critic of "the war on terror" is Richard Clarke, the former head of counter-terrorism at the United States' National Security Agency. He worked for Reagan, George Bush Sr, Clinton and then Bush Jr, after which the Bush Jr administration tried to discredit him because of his views on their failings in "the war on terror".

In the article "Blinded by Hindsight", his prose is so measured, it's almost maddening. But it's also right. Everything I've ever read by him has held forth with with reason and level-headedness. Given what he's been through, professionally, I can't imagine maintaining anything like this level of reasonableness, as a critic.

If you haven't seen the Clinton interview Clarke mentions in the article, I've linked to it, below. It's in two parts.


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