Counterterrorism czar Richard “Clarke publicly complained that he had too little power to get the job done. He didn’t have the authority to command the various agencies that he had to coordinate and had little control over the more than $7 billion per year that those agencies spent on counterterrorism. His only power was ‘persuasion,’ he told USA Today in [May 22] 1998.”

 – Richard Miniter, Losing Bin Laden, Page 166