The crux of the Clarke argument from today’s 9-11 hearings: “And the reason I am strident in my criticism of the president of the United States is because by invading Iraq — something I was not asked about by the commission, it’s something I chose write about a lot in the book — by invading Iraq the president of the United States has greatly undermined the war on terrorism.”
Clarke’s major argument is made or discredited by the actions of the Bush administration in leading the nation to war in Iraq. If you believe that Bush made the right moves and that the administration leveled with you about the case for war and that there is a real connection between Iraq and the war on terror, then fine. Vote that way. But that is the core issue. Not partisanship. Not fingerpointing. And not whether or not we’d prefer Saddam in hole rather than in a palace.