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The major media reports seem to have reached the consensus that Condi Rice’s testimony was “cool and measured” and generally took it as neither a big win or a big loss.
Have we in the West lost the ability to rationally think through what is brought forward in a public debate? Did everyone else miss the fact that Rice claimed there were no warnings of attacks within the US in the Presidential Briefing which she remembered the title being “Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States”?? Is this not complete insanity? Why did no one call her on this? Why are they letting her slide? I’m sorry, but I would expect the person in charge of national security to make the same logical connections that a 6-year-old is capable of. Either that or she was blatantly lying. I don’t know what is worse.
Honestly I don’t think too much fault can or should be placed on anyone for not preventing the attacks. But the Bush administrations handling of this after the fact is horrifying. In their unwavering certainty they seem to have overlooked the one possible course of action that could save them in this situation: own up to your mistakes. I think there are very few people who would try to hold them accountable for this, because it’s unrealistic. They have pissed off many more people by their arrogant, “we can do no wrong”, position.
Oh well, I guess I shouldn’t complain as it’s just helping get them out of office. Keep it up George!