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Tilting at Windmills

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March 19, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

"AL QAEDA IS IN AFGHANISTAN"....We've all heard the story about how Donald Rumsfeld and the gang wanted to start bombing Iraq practically before the Twin Towers fell on 9/11, haven't we? It's one of those things that's almost beyond belief, but they actually had to be convinced to go after Afghanistan instead.

Today, via Josh Marshall, we learn that former White House terrorism advisor Richard Clarke has told 60 Minutes how it happened:

"Rumsfeld was saying we needed to bomb Iraq....We all said, 'but no, no. Al Qaeda is in Afghanistan," recounts Clarke, "and Rumsfeld said, 'There aren't any good targets in Afghanistan and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.' I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with [the September 11 attacks].'"

Attaboy, Donald, look where the light is good, not where you're actually going to find anything.

The 60 Minutes appearance is part of a promotional campaign for Clarke's forthcoming book, Against All Enemies. There sure are a lot of books coming out these days, aren't there?

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