The “invasion” plan, according to Scheuer, was vintage Billy Jeff: airstrikes, a few cruise missiles maybe, then cross your fingers. More:
Scheuer, who wrote the book “Imperial Hubris,” said he met every 10 days with top members of Clinton’s anti-terror team and plans for an invasion were never presented or discussed…
Fran Townsend, a former top intelligence adviser in Clinton’s Justice Department and now Bush’s anti-terror czar, rolled her eyes when asked about Clinton’s invasion plan.
“There were lots of things that seemed new” in Clinton’s recollections on Fox, Townsend said…
Two sources that Clinton repeatedly cited in the Fox interview – the 9/11 commission report and Richard Clarke’s book, “Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror” – never mention plans to invade Afghanistan.
Condi responded to BJ too yesterday, insisting that no, in fact, there was no “comprehensive anti-terror strategy” left for the Bush administration when they arrived. Which, considering the prominent role focus-group polling surely must have played in it, is probably for the best. She saved her most interesting comments for that NIE about terrorism, though. I’ll leave you with this:
Transitioning to the global war on terror, an animated Rice questioned, “When are we going to stop blaming ourselves for the rise of terrorism?”
Asked about recently leaked internal U.S. intelligence estimates that claimed the Iraq war was fueling terrorist recruiting, Rice said: “Now that we’re fighting back, of course they are fighting back, too.”
“I find it just extraordinary that the argument is, all right, so they’re using the fact they’re being challenged in the Middle East and challenged in Iraq to recruit, therefore you’ve made the war on terrorism worse.
“It’s as if we were in a good place on Sept. 11. Clearly, we weren’t,” she added.
“These are people who want to fight against us, and they’re going to find a reason. And yes, they will recruit, but it doesn’t mean you stop pursuing strategies that are ultimately going to stop them,” Rice said.
She insisted U.S. forces must finish the job in Iraq and the wider Middle East to wipe out the “root cause” of violent extremism – not just the terror thugs who carry out the attacks.
“It’s a longer-term strategy, and it may even have some short-term down side, but if you don’t look at the longer term, you’re just leaving the problem to somebody else,” she said.