We continue not to know [updated]

I will be honest, I did not see Condi Rice’s testimony to the 9/11 commission yesterday. I have been reading commentaries, conservative and liberal, and the news doesn’t appear to be good. The reasoned right won’t muster a strong defense, and in some cases are actually questioning (link via TPM) what new information the testimony gave. The left of course is having a field day.

If you read the conservative article above, and the following Boston Globe op-ed – especially the last paragraph – the testimony seemed to be dependent on people not having any sort of memory. Bush is on record as saying he was unaware of al-Qa’eda prior to 9/11, and George Tenet is on record as saying they were the most serious threat to the US, almost 6 months before 9/11. Someone was asleep at the wheel. A mea culpa, while politically difficult, would not have been a bad thing. Now it’s led to web of deception by this administration, that is surprisingly easy to unravel. I just hope it’s done before more intelligence is ignored for ideological purposes.

Finally, on the apology side: I am a New Yorker, and grew up going to the WTC regularly. I have very fond childhood memories of being in the area. I was not in NY on 9/11, but my brother lived about 1/2 mile from there and was part of the volunteer operations during the following days. Richard Clarke’s apology was incredibly meaningful to us. I didn’t know who he was, and I don’t believe any one individual is responsible for the failure of intelligence in 9/11. However, for someone who was involved in the process to acknowledge publicly there were mistakes made, and that they were sorry for that failure, is the mark of a true mensch. So to Richard Clarke, thank you.

Update: It seems CNN is hiring journalists again, not just reporters. Two interesting articles on Rice’s testimony (1, 2). And is there a time the President hasn’t been on vacation?

4 thoughts on “We continue not to know [updated]

  1. Whoops! The “he” was meant to refer to the author of the articles, not to you. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Somehow this post has absorbed another post’s comments. The story the above two comments refer to is now here.

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