Fear of Clowns

"Faith may be defined briefly as an illogical belief in the occurrence of the improbable."
- H. L. Mencken

Friday, April 09, 2004

Pass the buck, it's not mine! 

Condi Rice: "I don't remember the al Qaeda cells being something that we were told we needed to do something about."

The National Security Advisor needed to be told that al Qaeda terrorist cells inside the US deserved attention? Is this really what she was saying? Who's job is it to advise the security advisor? Who was Rice trying to pass the buck to? Who?

Listening to the hearing, it seemed to me that everybody - including Condi - had concentrated on preparing messages to give instead of answers to find. For example, the "gotcha" moment about the title of the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing had happened years ago ...

From the front page of the Sunday, May 19, 2002 Washington Post:

I would rather have heard an answer to "Condi, why didn't you think terrorist cells in the US were something you should do something about?" But as nobody had anticipated Rice would offer such an ridiculous defense for the White House's involvement in the intelligence failures, the question was not asked ...

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