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Tuesday, April 06, 2004


Clinton Security Team's Scant Mention of Al Qaeda 

Washington Times points out that "Al Qaeda absent from final Clinton report"

Here is the report: A National Security Strategy for A Global Age, Dec 2000



Washington Times said: The final policy paper on national security that President Clinton submitted to Congress — 45,000 words long — makes no mention of al Qaeda and refers to Osama bin Laden by name just four times.

The scarce references to bin Laden and his terror network undercut claims by former White House terrorism analyst Richard A. Clarke that the Clinton administration considered al Qaeda an "urgent" threat, while President Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, "ignored" it.

The Clinton document, titled "A National Security Strategy for a Global Age," is dated December 2000 and is the final official assessment of national security policy and strategy by the Clinton team. The document is publicly available, though no U.S. media outlets have examined it in the context of Mr. Clarke's testimony and new book.


Check out what the post above in which I said that the 9/11 Commission is too narrow in scope and that we should have looked into how Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda got to be so powerful.

Update: Others who have mentioned the Washington Post article include, Cold Fury, Hobbs Online, Classical Values, Pardon my English, NZPundit, and Ramblings' Journal.

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