The problem with the Bush defense against Clarke....

...is that the fact they downgraded the terrorism "czar" position from the Cabinet level is a pretty good indicator that terrorism was not a high priority for them. Even if Clarke did have some sour grapes, the Bush administration did not think counter-terrorism had Cabinet level importance.

I thought Clarke came off extremely well, he didn't look or sound like he had an axe to grind. Stephen Hadley reminded me of Nathan Thurm, the nervous lawyer Martin Short used to play on Saturday Night Live. First, because of the glasses, second because of the squirming when he got caught in a little lie. He did not seem credible to me at all.

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