Saturday, April 03, 2004

Condi Rice: Serial Liar


Now this is just starting to get plain ridiculous:

"Richard Clarke was not the only national security expert who warned National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other Bush administration officials about terrorist threats before 9/11. Former Democratic Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado also directly told senior Bush officials loudly and clearly that, in his words, "The terrorists are coming, the terrorists are coming."

Hart was co-chair (with former Sen. Warren Rudman, R-N.H.) of the U.S. Commission on National Security, a bipartisan panel that conducted the most thorough investigation of U.S. security challenges since World War II. After completing the report, which warned that a devastating terrorist attack on America was imminent and called for the immediate creation of a Cabinet-level national security agency, and delivering it to President Bush on January 31, 2001, Hart and Rudman personally briefed Rice, Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell. But, according to Hart, the Bush administration never followed up on the commission's urgent recommendations, even after he repeated them in a private White House meeting with Rice just days before 9/11."

May I suggest you would be better served if you just fess up and move on?

Condi Rice's other wake-up call
Former Sen. Gary Hart says he, too, warned Rice about an imminent terror attack on two occasions before 9/11.
David Talbot
Salon, April 2, 2004

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You have your facts wrong.

(1) The Commission's first two reports on the _current_ threats to the US were presented to BILL CLINTON in 1999 and 2000. He did, obviously, nothing.

See the Commission's website:

(2) The third report (which was presented to Bush) focused on "the challenges of 2025."

(3) You quoted Hart, but seem to have forgotten to mention that he is advising the Kerry campaign. Rudman, the other chairman of the Commission, has not made any similar statement.

If you wanted to be objective (emphasis on "if"), the US has ignored Islamic fascism for decades, starting with Jimmy Carter (recall the US embassy??), through Reagan (Beirut Marine barracks) etc etc. (To illustrate the point: the Rudman-Hart Commission's first report was literally ignored by the NY Times -- it was note even mentioned.)

However, if you want to be partisan, then you can't escape the fact that Bill Clinton knew Al-Qaeda was a threat to the US, and did nothing about it.

Posted by: clarence | Apr 4, 2004 7:07:11 AM

I am not objective --I'm not a journalist -- nor partisan (I'm an independent). I have a viewpoint, and I share it here.

What I want to do is use my ability to observe, interpret and analyze. To evaluate, exercise judgment, and make decisions based upon that judgment. And yes, to issue blame where appropriate. There's plenty of blame to go around.

Since you mentioned the 2 reports in 1999 and 2000, was anything else going on
then that dominated the government's attention those years?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

Oh, yes, that lil impeachment thingie which dominated the news, the government and indeed the entire country for those 2 years.

I blame Clinton for being so undisciplined he was unable to keep his grubby paws off of a chubby intern.

I blame the self involved Congress who apparently believed at the time that prosecuting a sitting President for lying about a Blow Job to be the most important issue facing the country at that moment. (Wanna talk partisans? These clowns took the cake)

I blame the CIA and the FBI for being too involved in a turf battle to share intelligence to protect this country. They failed in their charges.

(Want some more? Well here's some more!)

I blame the Joint Chief's of Staff - more turf battles -- The Pentagon was so protective of its budget that it failed to pursue opportunities to focus on Non-State threats, or to develop hardware to pursue weapons systems for that threat. Nice work guys. (btw, the Soviet Union is gone)

Clarence, you are neither objective nor partisan; The difference between you and I is I do not pretend to be either.

Posted by: Barry Ritholtz | Apr 4, 2004 8:20:48 AM

Remember when Clinton shot missiles at Osama bin Laden, and the GOP said he was just covering for his affair? Those were the days...

Posted by: Matt Stoller | Apr 6, 2004 6:38:28 PM

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