Paul Wolfowitz in Against All Enemies, by Richard Clarke


On War & Peace: Clarke: Wolfowitz disbelieved Al Qaeda’s threat, blamed Iraq

Wolfowitz fidgeted and scowled, “I just don’t understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden.”

“We are talking about a network of terrorist organizations called al Qaeda, that happens to be led by bin Laden, and we are talking about that network because it and it alone poses an immediate and serious threat to the US,” I answered.

Wolfowitz turned to me. “You give bin Laden too much credit. He could not do all these things like the 1993 attack on New York, not without a state sponsor. Just because FBI and CIA have failed to find the linkages does not mean they don’t exist.“

I could hardly believe it, but Wolfowitz was actually spouting the totally discredited theory that Iraq was behind the 1993 truck bomb at the World Trade Center, a theory that had been investigated for years & found to be totally untrue. I had a flashback to Wolfowitz saying the very same thing in April. The focus on al Qaeda was wrong, he had said, we must go after Iraqi-sponsored terrorism.

Source: Against All Enemies, by Richard Clarke, chapter 1 Mar 23, 2004

The above quotations are from Against All Enemies:
Inside America's War on Terror, by Richard A. Clarke (anti-terror czar from 1992-2002).
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