Samuel R. Berger was national security adviser from 1997 to 2000.
This is true. However the byline does not mention what the Globe itself reported about Berger less than 2 years ago…at his sentencing:
"…Berger admitted to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives in his suit, later destroying some of them in his office and then lying about it.”
The classified documents pertained to the Clinton administration’s response (or lack of response) to the threat of Al Qaeda while Berger “was national security adviser”. Berger was only permitted access to the archived documents so that he could give accurate testimony before the 9/11 commission.
Was writing Op Ed pieces part of the terms of Berger’s probation, which was scheduled to end this week? And how perverse it is for the Globe Op Ed page to participate in the attempted rehabilitation of someone who has shown himself to be as completely without honor as Sandy Berger.
Ah, but it does bring back those memories of “the most ethical administration in history”.