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Saturday, March 27, 2004

The "non-partisan" Bush national security critics

Are you tired of the media continually giving the impression that Bush's national security critics are neutral, dispassionate observers without a political bone to pick? Check out this piece on Minnesota's own Tom Maertans on Shot In The Dark. Despite Maertans' virulently anti-Bush views, the Star Tribune describes him this way:

After a long career in government, Tom Maertens, 61, retired in 2002 to his hometown of Mankato and a lifestyle that includes more fishing than he could manage during his decades posted to Washington, Moscow and elsewhere. After 28 years as a foreign service officer, Maerten's last two assignments were with the National Security Council late in the Clinton administration and early in the Bush administration, and in the counterterrorism operation of the State Department. He held the counterterrorism job on Sept. 11, 2001, and until his retirement in February 2002.
Maertens, who says he has voted for Republican and Democratic presidential candidates, broadly agrees with Clarke. The two worked together but were not close friends.

As for Clarke, there have been plenty of pieces debunking the notion that he is somehow an actual Republicn just because he was apparently registered as one in 2000. If you only have time to read one piece on the topic, look at this devastating article at WorldNetDaily.

This part is particularly revealing:

He said he was a registered Republican in 2000.

But what about this presidential election year? According to FEC records, Clarke has been giving his money to Democratic friends -- not Republicans -- running for national office.

In 2002, while still on the Bush National Security Council, Clarke gave the legal maximum limit of $2,000 to a Democratic candidate for Congress, Steve Andreasen, who tried to unseat Republican Rep. Gil Gutknecht of Minnesota. Andreason had been director for defense policy and arms control on the Clinton NSC. In making his donations of $1,000 on July 22 and another $1,000 on Nov. 7, 2002, Clarke listed his occupation as "U.S. Government/Civil Servant," according to FEC records indexed with the Center for Responsive Politics.

Clarke maxed out again in the 2004 election cycle, donating $2,000 to another Clinton White House veteran, Jamie Metzl, who is running as a Democrat for Congress from Missouri. Metzl was a staffer on the Clinton NSC and worked for Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., as deputy staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. With that donation, made on Sept. 15, 2003, after his resignation from the Bush NSC, Clarke listed his occupation as "Self-Employed/Consultant."

FEC records show that Clarke reported no political contributions when he worked in the Clinton administration in the electoral cycles of the 1990s and 2000, when he said he was a Republican.

If Clarke was really a Republican in 2000, he made a pretty amazing shift in a pretty short amount of time.

This link came from Powerline.


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