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    My last political thread for a few days?
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    Was an Official 'in the Loop'? It All Depends
    By ELISABETH BUMILLER
    New York Times

    WASHINGTON, March 24 — It is a strange occurrence in Washington when members of the well-ordered Bush White House publicly disagree with each other, but it happened on Wednesday.

    Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, took exception to Vice President Dick Cheney's assertion that Richard A. Clarke, the administration's former counterterrorism chief, was "out of the loop."

    On the contrary, Ms. Rice said, Mr. Clarke was very much involved in the administration's fight against terrorism.

    "I would not use the word `out of the loop,' " Ms. Rice told reporters in response to a question about whether she considered it a problem that the administration's counterterrorism chief was not deeply involved "in a lot of what was going on," as Mr. Cheney said on Monday in an interview on Rush Limbaugh's radio program.

    Ms. Rice painted a distinctly different picture of the involvement of Mr. Clarke, who has prompted furious responses since he asserted in a new book and in testimony on Capitol Hill that President Bush did not heed warnings before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

    "He was in every meeting that was held on terrorism," Ms. Rice said. "All the deputies' meetings, the principals' meeting that was held and so forth, the early meetings after Sept. 11."

    But she acknowledged that Mr. Clarke did not regularly meet with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell and George J. Tenet, the director of central intelligence.

    "Perhaps Dick felt that he had, you know, less — he didn't sit with Powell and Rumsfeld and so forth," Ms. Rice said. "It's just not the way we operate. I did sit with Powell and Rumsfeld and Tenet."
    Dude. Can. Fly.

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    They can't attack the guy or call him inept, he is their guy, he was appointed by 3 republican and 1 democratic Presidents, to dismiss what he has to say is crazy.

    He has said Clinton didn't do everything he wanted, and that Bush didn't either. We just need to admit it, for all the talk of how strong Bush is on Terror, BEFORE 9-11 he was no stronger than Clinton, he did NOTHING more than Clinton, he actually even thought so little of it that he moved the position OUT OF the cabinet.
    Be passionate about what you believe in, or why bother.

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