The always fascinating Dan Drezner has a bunch of good posts up.. sorry, we are going to skip to the red meat:
On Page 127 [of his new "Against All Enemies"], Clarke notes that it's possible that al-Qaida operatives in the Philippines "taught Terry Nichols how to blow up the Oklahoma Federal Building." Intelligence places Nichols there on the same days as Ramzi Yousef, and "we do know that Nichols's bombs did not work before his Philippines stay and were deadly when he returned."
This ties in to the theory that Clinton quashed investigations into a foreign connection to Terry Nichols. The objective - blame Oklahoma City on right-wing wackos for political purposes. The subtle message - the people who voted for Newt and listen to Rush blew up this building. Hey, we report, you deride.
[Mini-update - Of course they were wackos, but were they typical right-wingers? Virginia Postrel has lots more.]
Meanwhile, Dan Drezner has some great posts up, filled with insight and links.
Clarke on the Couch (my suggested title)
More Clarke Links (his title... yawn) [Whoa, that's what I'm talking about!]
And, because Dan is our man, he sends us to Brad DeLong, who shows empathy and insight in channelling Condoleeza Rice. When (if?) I post my response to "Clarke on the Couch", I expect to come out swinging on Clarke's behalf, so it must be "All Change" day.
And bonus red meat excerpt from the Clarke book - the Bush we love(d):
Resolved to attack al-Qaida on the evening of Sept. 11. That night, Bush spoke to his staff: "I want you to understand that we are at war and we will stay at war until this is done. Nothing else matters." When Donald Rumsfeld pointed out the legal problems posed by some proposed attacks, Bush said, "I don't care what the international lawyers say, we are going to kick some ass."
Head 'em up and herd 'em out, cowboy! For Kerry supporters, that would be, "nous allons donner un coup de pied un certain âne".