Letters: Sep. 2, 2002

The Secret History

"People can try to blame Bush for failing to act, but history will lay the intelligence blunders at Clinton's feet, where they belong." NOLA LEAHY Coto de Caza, Calif.

Your article "They Had A Plan," on the efforts by the Clinton and Bush administrations to take the offensive against al-Qaeda [Special Report, Aug. 12], was a gripping saga that underlines a sad history of misguided political maneuvering and ineptness in preventing attacks. The failure to respond quickly allowed the terrorists to carry out acts that still reverberate in the lives of innocent citizens not only in the U.S....

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