Condoleezza Rice will speak with the 9/11 commission again, in private, her testimony unsworn.
Doesn't fill me with confidence that the truth will be served. The Washington Post points out a bunch of discrepancies in what Ms Rice has told the media concerning Bush administration terrorism preparedness pre-9/11 as well Ms Rice's comments on Richard Clarke.
In an op-ed published Monday in The Washington Post, Rice wrote that "through the spring and summer of 2001, the national security team developed a strategy to eliminate al Qaeda" that included "sufficient military options to remove the Taliban regime" including the use of ground forces. But Armitage, testifying this week as the White House representative, said the military part was not in the plan before Sept. 11.
The Center for American Progress "Claim vs. Fact: Administration Officials Respond to Richard Clarke Interview" can help you document present administration dissembling on both Clarke and its role in heeding intelligence reports calling
for a domestic attack.
Not everyone thinks seeking the truth about 9/11 is a good idea.
WOODRUFF: One person who is unhappy with the fact these hearings were held at all is Georgia Senator Zell Miller. He's a Democrat who's supporting President Bush for reelection. Miller tells me that this week's hearings, he thinks, could be a bad thing for the United States.
SEN. ZELL MILLER (D), GEORGIA: But I think it could do great damage to this country. I think that our enemies, our terrorist enemies, look at what's happening here and they see all this bickering, they see this divisiveness, they see this disunity and they will interpret it as weakness and instability.
Here is a Zell Miller quote from 1998.
"...you can remain a person's friend without excusing his behavior. In life, every action has a consequence. He'll have to live with the knowledge of what he did for the rest of his life. And that's tough punishment for a man who understands history like he does."
Yup, he is talking about Bill Clinton.
We all wear the blue dress now, folks.
The political reality of the situation is, it doesn't matter whether you have censure, resignation or impeachment," Miller said Monday. "The fact is, his credibility is shattered and your credibility is what politicians operate on."
Miller circa '98 is quite quotable in light of the actors and actions Miller supports, now, under the Bush regime.
"I'm talking about what came after that: sending his aides out to continue the lie. That particularly galled me because he was betraying them every day,"
Clinton lies bad. Bush lies good. I get it.
"It's really hard to watch a man that you love betray others, betray his family and his friends, and debase himself and diminish the office."
Good words to remember, Mr Miller.
Good Mind Food
Over at American Samizdat a link shows that Noam Chomsky now has a blog.