Podcast: Richard Clarke on Terrorism
I just finished listening to an 11/8/05 “interview” with counterterrorism expert Richard Clarke [bio], and he seems more interested in pleasing the audience with one-liners and Bush-bashing (thereby selling books) than he is with giving an honest analysis of what we know and don’t know about terrorism. That he completely subscribes to Robert Pape’s simplistic, mono-causal notion of suicide terrorism as the product of colonization proves that this man is not a serious thinker, regardless of his resume.
He may be well spoken and speak authoritatively, but then again so is America’s biggest fool: Noam Chomsky. God help us if we listen to these people just because they tell us what we want to hear.