Was the Clinton Administration tougher on al-Qaeda than the Bush Administration. Richard Clarke says so. Bush’s friends furiously deny it. But then why is the Administration keeping Clinton-era files away from the 9-11 Commission?
You might think that the Bush Administration, which has made such a big fuss about how weak the Clinton Administration’s anti-terror efforts were and has been so eager to deny Richard Clarke’s contrary account, would want the 9-11 Commission to have all the relevant documents showing how bad the Clinton team really was. But you would, of course, be wrong to think so.
In fact, the Bushies are trying to keep from the Commission (on the usual grounds of “security,” of course) about three-quarters of the Clinton-era material Clinton proposed to provide.