Tuesday, September 26, 2006

True or False

Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice yesterday said:

"We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda."

"Big pieces were missing," Rice added, "like an approach to Pakistan that might work, because without Pakistan you weren't going to get Afghanistan."

However, as reported by Raw Story, a 2001 memo to Rice directly contradicts those statements:
. . . RAW STORY has found that just five days after President George W. Bush was sworn into office, a memo from counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke to Rice included the 2000 document, "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al-Qida: Status and Prospects." This document devotes over 2 of its 13 pages of material to specifically addressing strategies for securing Pakistan's cooperation in airstrikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

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