Part of the Plan

Joel Bleifuss

Five hours after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, Gen. Wesley Clark received a call from a White House official. Clark, who didn’t name names, told Meet the Press’ Tim Russert on June 15, “I was on CNN, and I got a call at my home saying, ‘You got to say this is connected. This is state-sponsored terrorism. This has to be connected to Saddam Hussein.’ I said, ‘I’m willing to say it, but what’s your evidence?’ And I never got any evidence.”

Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.

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