Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sandy Berger's Reward

So Hillary Clinton has quietly appointed Sandy Berger her national security adviser. Yes, this is the same fun-loving Sandy Berger who stole and destroyed classifed documents related to the 9/11 investigation.

While the truthers are busy investigating how Halliburton imploded WTC 7, Richard Miniter discloses the real reason Berger risked his career and reputation to steal the 9/11 documents.

My informed sources suggest that what Berger destroyed were copies of the Millennium After-Action Review, a binder-sized report prepared by Richard Clarke in 2000—a year and half before the 9-11 attacks. The review made a series of recommendations for a tougher stance against bin Laden and terrorism. There are 13 or more copies of this report. But only one contains hand-written notes by President Bill Clinton. Apparently, in the margin beside the recommendations, Bill Clinton wrote NO, NO, NO next to many of the tougher policy proposals.

You can see why Clinton might be happy to see these records vanish down the memory hole... So Berger was stuffing in pants and socks and later shredding the evidence that President Clinton did not want to take a tougher line on bin Laden, following the 1998 attack on two U.S. embassies that killed 224 people (including 12 American diplomats).

[Now Hillary] makes Berger one of her top three foreign policy advisers... and I have a few questions:

Did she bring him aboard to reward him for his criminal destruction of classified material? Or did she sign him up because of his stellar record in fighting bin Laden in the late 1990s?

If Miniter's sources are correct -- and, from the looks of things, they are -- it's easy to determine why Berger took the risks he did.

Bill Clinton's legacy and Hillary Clinton's hopes for the presidency rested on Berger's ability to purge the National Archives of the incriminating material.

In truth, the Clinton pair -- otherwise known as the triangulators -- were unwilling to take any risks that would result in the capture or assassination of Bin Laden. That Hillary would name a convicted thief of classified documents to a sensitive role isn't practical, but it is payback. It is Sandy Berger's reward.

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