This is Krugman's take on the Clarke debate.
Now read Jim Pinkerton's piece on the same.
Hmm, interesting when writers from diverse backgrounds hit on the same possible answer: maybe Clarke thought the country would like to know the, I don't know, truth about what's going on?
I know, I know - I should stop looking for truth, right? Hell, I'm a law student, I'm paying good money to learn that there isn't any truth - just facts that either go your way or don't.
But still, a girl can dream, right?