Dick Clarke’s American Grandstanding & Profiteering update: My rant the other day about Richard Clarke’s nationally televised apologetic marketing ploy challenged him to add substance to his self-serving symbolism by contributing his entire proceeds from sales of his book to appropriate foundations or funds releated to those victims he emotionally claimed that he had failed. As I pointed out, the citizens of the U.S. and its government have displayed their commitment to the memories of those victims by the outpouring of donations, the waging of a worldwide war, the deaths of hundreds of young military heroes and billions of dollars of tax dollars committed to defending ourselves from such future lapses like those Clarke has apologized for (and which were planned while he was security czar).
The pressure on Clarke to make his restitutional actions match his self-serving apologies are apparently building. In today’s NY Post, over 30 family members of victims signed an op-ed piece that includes the following thoughts that parallel my earlier comments:
Nonetheless, the notion of profiteering from anything associated with 9/11 is particularly offensive to all of us. We find Mr. Clarke’s actions all the more offensive especially considering the fact that there was always a high possibility that the 9/11 Commission could be used for political gain, especially now, with the presidential election less than eight months away. Surely, Mr. Clarke knew this. Yet he decided to risk the actual and perceived impartiality of this important process to maximize book sales. As family and friends of those killed on 9/11, we believe it inappropriate for Mr. Clarke to profit from and politicize 9/11, and further divide America, by his testimony before the 9/11 Commission.
Clarke apparently is feeling the heat. Reacting to the charges that he is profiteering from the terrorist attacks, Clarke said today on NBC’s Meet the Press that he planned to donate a “substantial” but unspecified portion of its sales to the attacks’ survivors and to the widows and children of military personnel who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Until Clarke matches the type of commitment the nation has made to correct any lapses the government had (during Clarke’s watch) in protecting those victims by donating ALL his royalties, it seems clear that the “profiteering” label is more than appropriate to describe what he is doing.
And speaking of profiteering, tonight Matt Drudge is saying that Clarke’s portion of the proceeds from the book will soon cross the $1 million mark.
Make your apologies real, Mr. Clarke. Stop your profiteering.