I find this story as reported in today's Toronto Star interesting:
In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Clark told CBS' Lesley Stahl, "The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, `I want you to find whether Iraq did this.'If you are going to lie, I would think it is not a good idea to fill the lie up with a whole bunch of other people whose jobs depend on not supporting your lie. It is so utterly contrary to the authorized, evangelized version of the workings of the White House yet so in line with what another high official in the government has recently written...and another resonably placed observer as well.
"Now he never said, `Make it up.' But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this.
"I said, `Mr. President. ... We have been looking at this. ... There's no connection.'
"He came back at me and said, `Iraq! Saddam! Find out if there's a connection.' And in a very intimidating way. I mean that we should come back with that answer.
"We wrote a report." Clarke continued, "We got together all the FBI experts, all the CIA experts. ... And we sent it up to the president and it got bounced by the national security adviser or deputy. (It was) sent back saying, `Wrong answer. Do it again.'
Keeping in mind that neither I nor any of you reading this have any knowledge about what happened and form our opinions out of belief, advertised material and how much sleep we got last night, isn't it kind of weird to think that morons might actually be in charge of what used to be called the phone to Moscow, the suitcase with the codes.