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I like Mark Steyn's "take" on Richard Clarke:

"How about that Richard Clarke! He’s the bureaucrat-turned-book-tour celebrity who began his testimony to Congress by issuing a dramatic apology to the American people for the Administration’s failure to prevent 9/11: “Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you.”

Hey, thanks for that, big guy. But, if you want an example of a President doing nothing to prevent not thousands but the best part of a million deaths, how about the Rwandan genocide? Remember that?...
...He was the guy in charge of Rwandan policy for the Clinton team and, as far as I can tell, unlike the Pain-Feeler, he feels not even a twinge of pro forma remorse. As we know, regrets, he’s had a few. But this isn’t one of them. “It is not always the United States that has to answer the 911 call,” Clarke said. “It is not always the United States that has to be the world’s policeman.” Correct. But in this instance Clarke and Clinton went further and scuttled a UN mission that had already answered the 911 call. Nothing the supposedly “unilateral” Bush team has done damaged the UN and its credibility as much as the Clinton-Clarke team did during the Rwandan bloodbath. And whenever a local bully gets away with it, it emboldens others.

By all accounts, Mr Clarke is a difficult man to work with. He reminds me of that comic classic on British history, 1066 And All That, with its battles between Royalists – “wrong but romantic” – and Roundheads – “right but repulsive”. In much of his Clinton-era approach to terrorism, Mr Clarke seems to have been “right but repulsive”, which is why nothing got done; in his more fanciful moments, he was “wrong but romantic”. But in his present incarnation he’s wrong and repulsive. He seems to have learned from his old boss, who’s always preferred to apologize for the mistakes of others rather than his own: shortly after 9/11, Bill Clinton apologized for the Crusades.

By September 11th, Clarke was far removed from the decision-making on Afghanistan, al-Qae'da and beyond. He has no more authority to apologize for the events of that day than I do.

But he bears a lot of responsibility for Rwanda. Any chance of an apology for that?"