Monday, April 12, 2004

Where there's smoke...

The administration's bumbling response to the 9/11 Commission and Condi's testimony before it last week continues to take center stage. Today's lead, El Presidente's claim that the August 6th memo, released over the weekend, was not specific enough, was a historical backgrounder, and didn't contain a specific threat against America. Which, in many ways, is true. However, it doesn't mitigate the fact that a clear pattern of agression and intent of terrorism against the United States by Osama bin Laden is quite apparent in the now famous memo. As they say, where there's smoke, there's fire. It seems obvious to me, reading the memo, that the United States needed to increase its preparation for a major terrorist attack. There could have been steps taken, rolling up sleeper cells (for example) that might have led to the horrific incidents of that day being prevented. Instead, the President remained on his "working" vacation at his Texas ranch for the rest of the month, doing nothing.

Once again, the administration fails to answer the right question. Meanwhile, there has still been no apology. Why should we expect one. Fundamentally, the powers that control the puppet strings attached to El Presidente are convinced they've done nothing wrong. Arrogance is never pretty, and we've become quite the arrogant nation under these fools.


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