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May 08, 2009

Richard Clarke Responds to GOP Guantanamo Attacks
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Today, Richard Clarke, former head of counterterrorism at the National Security Council under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, reacted to recent Republican attacks on President Obama's decision to close Guantanamo as well as the release of a GOP video which uses graphic imagery from September 11:

"This video and the recent Republican attacks on Guantanamo are more desperate attempts from a demoralized party to politicize national security and the safety of the American people. But what is more disturbing is their brazen use of imagery and the memory of 9/11 to score political points. Thousands of Americans tragically died that day, and for the GOP to think it can win elections by denigrating their memory is disgraceful. 
 
"The difference between these Republican videos and the very terrorist propaganda that seeks to damage our society is negligible.  Each attempt to stoke the embers of fear in order to disrupt American life.  Just as al Qaeda videos should be viewed as misguided rants from a small group of marginalized radicals, so too should these Republican videos be equally dismissed.  As opposed to what the GOP thinks, the American people are not that naïve."

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Richard Clarke is a Real American Hero,not to be confused with the ones that traitor Ollie North and Scum Hannity speak about.

Republicans seem to not only prey on the fear of the American people but also to play on the American desire for revenge for 9-11. The Republicans use this desire to support phoney WMD charges against Iraq in 2002, and to use torture, even though it has been proven to be a useless method in retreiving information. The Democrats are looking for rational ways of combating terrorism while the Republicans want to use terrorism as political wedge issue that plays on the feelings of revenge and fear.

Well, if the choice is between combating terrorism and political wedging, I'll go for the latter, if that's all it is. All the experts have said that terrorism, a minor threat to Americans, can't be defeated with military power but rather with intelligence and policing, the way most other countries do it.

The simple fact is that using military power in Asia, as the US is doing, has completely different objectives then combating terrorism. The guy in the cave is a bogus enemy for morons. Geo-strategic power, and energy, for two examples, are the real prizes. So the two wings of the war party may have different tactics, but the strategy and objectives are the same.

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