Bush and his administration were focused on Iraq and Saddam Hussein even though Clarke and others could not find any evidence that the Iraqi dictator was linked to Osama bin Laden.Clarke claims that "By invading Iraq, the president of the United States has greatly undermined the war on terrorism." His "60 Minutes" interview, his book, and his subsequent TV appearances caused an uproar in Washington, particularly because they coincided with the hearings of the independent 9/11 Commission.After all, why not mix business and global politics?
And that indeed where we're headed is a place that is able to sustain I think the very important progress we've made under President Obama, and that there's a clear-eyed recognition that governing is different than campaigning, and that comes with a whole different level of responsibility. We are patriots in my family, we are believers in this country, we're believers in democracy, and we're trying to explain to her that this is the outcome of the election, it's what the American people decided. Many of the things that were said during the campaign I think left a lot of people questioning where they'd fit in an America under Donald Trump, particularly people of color. And I think that doesn't go away just because I'm national security adviser. I've been very lucky to have had a supportive family, a great education, enormous opportunity and challenge. We've met a couple of times, we've spoken on the phone, and we're in the process of doing what I hope will be a series of meetings where they ask the questions they have, we share the information we think they need to have. We've also prepared an extraordinary amount of written material for the new team to digest, and we've really —HN: Like a style guide? I think we're quite confident that people's votes were cast and recorded as they were meant to be. But what's harder to measure is the extent to which it affected people's perceptions and judgements. I think that's something that, as President Obama has determined, we need to understand, and share with Congress, and ultimately share with the American people. And that we'll see the kind of decision-making that we think this country needs and deserves." "I have one kid who's a freshman in college on the other side of the country, and so he is off in his own little universe, and I've got a fourteen year old daughter who's an eighth grader, who is home and whom we get to interact with on a daily basis. "It may not be what you would've chosen, but we all have a responsibility to be active citizens and shape our system and our future. Having said that, my job is to work as best as I can with the people who the Trump administration has designated will come and fill behind me, and I've had constructive meetings with my designated successor, and I'm going to do my best at President Obama's direction to provide them with all the information and all the preparation that we possibly can, because our job is to make as responsible a handoff as we possibly can for the sake of the country and the American people, and I take that very very seriously. HN: There was this joke on the show Bob's Burgers once about how good it feels to give someone the middle finger sometimes. I've taken my knocks here and there, but I believe my intentions are good. As he said also, and I agree with this, that it's not just what Russia and another foreign government might do to try to influence us, it's how we enable ourselves to be influenced. After a disputed election and bitter recount battle in Florida whose outcome is effectively decided by the Supreme Court, George W. Some participants were interviewed only on specific topics narrowly related to their duties; others offered broader perspective. The authors sought interviews with the widest possible range of Bush-administration officials, from the president on down, some of whom either declined to participate or never responded to repeated requests.
The interviews were transcribed, edited, condensed, and arranged chronologically. In foreign affairs he promises an approach that will depart from the perceived adventurism of his predecessor, Bill Clinton, in places such as Kosovo and Somalia. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States.Clarke appeared under oath before the commission, and apologized to those families of 9/11 victims and its survivors by saying, "Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you." His testimony and apology touched some and offended others.White House officials, including Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell, all disputed his claims. And I think there are a lot of reasons to be questioning what's coming next. Soon as this happened and the meeting ended, I called my boss, who was then the Secretary of State, and my colleague, the national security adviser at the time, and I said "I just flipped the bird to a member of your cabinet." TC: Like before you hear from anybody else... SR: I'm apologetic when I feel like I've made a mistake. HN: Do you worry at all that Trump hasn't been that interested in doing his security briefings, as the national security adviser? Our incoming president seems to be pretty pro-Russia. SR: You know what, this is interesting, this is a good topic. TC: We can talk about makeup for the rest of the day.