More Clarke

George Will makes a very good point:

“So,” Lincoln supposedly said to the White House visitor, “you’re the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.” Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” published in 1852, quickly sold 300,000 copies — equivalent to 3 million today — and remains the only book to become an American history-shaping political event.

When the dust settles from the eight days that shook the world of Washington — spanning Richard Clarke’s appearance two Sundays ago on “60 Minutes” to his appearance last Sunday on “Meet the Press” — no one will say of his “Against All Enemies” what Longfellow said of Stowe’s novel: “Never was there such a literary coup de main as this.” Too much of the controversy about Clarke’s book — and testimony and interviews — concerns adjectives.

He is right. Too much of the controversy is on which administration treated terrorism as “important” and “urgent.”

The fact is, the Bush administration was in office for 8 months. How they have responded since then has been amazing.

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