The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Thursday, April 29, 2004  

Against All Enemies

Earlier today I finished reading Against All Enemies, the best-selling book by former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counterrorism Richard A. Clarke.

As you’ve heard by now, Against All Enemies is a powerful and compelling account of this country’s all too haphazard approach to terrorism at home and abroad. Moreover, it’s the most authoritative first-hand book on the subject ever published. For Vice President Dick Cheney to claim Clarke was “out of the loop” is beyond dishonest: Clarke not only was in the loop, for years he was the loop.

And Clarke makes it abundantly clear that the Clinton administration had a far better grasp on the terrorist threat -- and did much more to counter it than most people are aware -- than does the Bush administration.

By the way, Clarke is speaking tomorrow night at the Philadelphia Free Library, 1901 Vine Street, to a sold-out audience (though simulcast tickets are available for eight dollars).

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