2006-2007 DISTINGUISHED LECTURER RICHARD CLARKE BRINGS CROWDS TO CLARK COLLEGE
Former counterterrorism czar and bestselling author Richard Clarke was the second speaker to visit Clark College as part of the institution’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
During an afternoon session for students and keynote address on the evening of May 7, Clarke outlined for audience members his perspective, based on his role as a senior White House advisor under three different administrations, on terrorism and the war in Iraq. “There was no relationship between Iraq and 9/11,” Clarke said.
Clarke asserted his disagreement with President Bush’s position that the people we (the United States) are fighting in Iraq are the people who attacked us on September 11. He went on to outline the world’s response to that action as having a negative impact on our country. “The circle of who supports – politically and financially – al-Qaida is growing because Americans are in Iraq,” said Clarke.
“The war in Iraq is simply a mistake,” said Clarke. “It was a mistake to go in. It is a mistake to stay in.” Clarke advocated for ending the war in Iraq and for, in his words, “bringing our soldiers home and treating them as the heroes they are,”complete with full benefits and support.