5,705. 3/21/2004

Former counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke appeared on 60 Minutes on March 21, 2004. He said that President “Bush and [National Security Advisor Condoleezza] Rice had ignored his urgent warnings throughout the spring and summer of 2001 about an imminent attack. …He was merciless about Rice. Like others in the administration, she was obsessed with the cold war issues, not with the terrorist threats in front of her. President Bush, Clarke said, had ‘done nothing’ about al-Qaeda before 9/11 and then, after the attacks, tried desperately to link 9/11 to Saddam Hussein to justify invasion of Iraq.”

 – Philip Shenon, The Commission, Page 277

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