Magazine article The American Prospect

Gone Fishin'

Magazine article The American Prospect

Gone Fishin'

Article excerpt

SHORTLY AFTER THE NAVY destroyer USS Cole was bombed off the shore of Yemen on October 12, 2000, killing 17 American sailors, George W. Bush said he'd take a strong stand against terrorism if elected president.

"I want our nation to develop an anti ballistic missile system that will have the capacity to bring certainty into this uncertain world," he said.

Huh?

Counterterrorism experts like Richard Clarke, a member of President Clinton's staff, weren't the only ones scratching their heads, writes Craig Unger in his blockbuster new book, House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties. Clarke was almost certain that Osama bin Laden was behind the bombing of the USS Cole. And it didn't take a counterterrorism expert to know that bin Laden was not the kind of guy who used ballistic missiles in his attacks.

Once Bush became president, Clarke tried to show him how al-Qaeda could be contained. No dice. Clarke's report, which recommended strikes on bin Laden's training camps at Tarnak Qila and Garmabat Ghar in Afghanistan, sat for weeks, untouched, on the president's desk, writes Unger. …

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