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Fred Kaplan’s Bad Timing

Over on Slate, Fred Kaplan today explains that Dick Clarke would never contradict himself, or at least never get caught:

“The key thing, though, is this: Both sets of traits tell me he’s too shrewd to write or say anything in public that might be decisively refuted. As Daniel Benjamin, another terrorism specialist who worked alongside Clarke in the Clinton White House, put it in a phone conversation today, ‘Dick did not survive and flourish in the bureaucracy all those years by leaving himself open to attack.’”

This comes the same day as Clarke’s 2002 briefing lauding the Bush administration’s early actions on terrorism was revealed. Maybe Clarke is not as shrewd as Kaplan suggests–or, for that matter, as honest.


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