The probability is that 2007 will be a worse year for America’s national security portfolio than 2006. I’ve just been reading thoroughly Bob Woodward’s State of Denial, which I had previously read only in snippets.
The book is such a huge indictment of all those who are stakeholders in America’s failed crusades in the Middle East, but that has been written in the press before. What really irritates is that Bush hasn’t changed his tune.
In President Bush’s New Year message, he stated that defeating terrorists “is the challenge of our time, and we will answer history’s call with confidence and fight for liberty without wavering.”
This could have been Bush’s New Year comment in 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, and 2002. Not a note changed.
What was reminded so vividly from Woodward’s book was the White House’s systematic lack of concern for the many al Qaeda warnings that the CIA and others were waving in front of Bush and then National Security Advisor Rice at point blank range.
I hope that you have a good year and celebration tonight, but I really do fear that the nation as a whole will have an even rougher ride than last year.
— Steve Clemons