Department of That’s Gonna Sting For a Good Long While

The NYT says what everybody was thinking, that yes, there was warning, and yes, Rice ignored it:

The 13-page proposal presented to Dr. Rice by her top counterterrorism adviser, Richard A. Clarke, laid out ways to step up the fight against Al Qaeda, focusing on Osama bin Laden’s headquarters in Afghanistan. The ideas included giving “massive support” to anti-Taliban groups “to keep Islamic extremist fighters tied down”; destroying terrorist training camps “while classes are in session” and then sending in teams to gather intelligence on terrorist cells; deploying armed drone aircraft against known terrorists; more aggressively tracking Qaeda money; and accelerating the F.B.I.’s translation and analysis of material from surveillance of terrorism suspects in American cities.

Mr. Clarke was seeking a high-level meeting to decide on a plan of action. Dr. Rice and other administration officials have said that Mr. Clarke’s ideas did not constitute an adequate plan, but they took them into consideration as they worked toward a more effective strategy against the terrorist threat.

Oh, and the lying. Did we mention the lying?

Dr. Rice, now the secretary of state, and other administration officials have asserted that the documents did not amount to a full plan for taking on the terrorist network.

“No Al Qaeda plan was turned over to the new administration,” Dr. Rice wrote in an op-ed article for The Washington Post last March. She wrote that Mr. Clarke and his team “suggested several ideas, some of which had been around since 1998 but had not been adopted.”

True American photo of the day:

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