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salin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-25-04 07:21 AM
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17. Apparently he doesn't just point blame in one direction
so is fair in his critique. One major difference appears to be response. Weekly highest level meetings with the president post the 1998 bombings (and the thwarting of the Millenium bombings); versus the moving down the priority list (not even in the DOJ/thus FBI) top ten funding priorities under the Ashcroft budget sent it just days before 9-11. This is after Ashcroft is made aware of the growing threat including a directive to stop flying commercial flights.

Further more antiterrorism activities were to be taken on by Dick Cheney (head of a task force) - who was so busy with his Energy Task Force that he had not held the first task-force meeting prior to 9-11. Contrast that to weekly meetings with the highest level folks.

But nonetheless, apparently Clarke does mete out criticism towards the Clinton administration, so your criticism doesn't quite pan out.

Keep in mind too, that bush/cheney will only testify in closed sessions with the hand-picked chairmen of the task force and for limited time (too busy, as opposed to how often the repubs drug Clinton before congress... who... wasn't too busy?!)... contrasted to testimony before the full committee by both Clinton and Gore - who I believe have made themselves broadly (timewise) available.

So who seems to be interested in getting as much info out there so this can be addressed, compared to attempting to cut off any substance from inquiry? Who tried for more than a year to prevent a commission/study into 9-11 from EVER HAPPENING? Follow the actions of the principals. The actions say much, much more than the carefully selected "words" to the press.
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  -Clarke Says Bush Underestimated Terror Threat papau  Mar-24-04 09:16 PM   #0 
  - Since were dealing with W  nankerphelge   Mar-24-04 09:19 PM   #1 
  - Bush had Iraq on his mind and wasn't room  Anti Bush   Mar-24-04 09:22 PM   #2 
  - Not taking something seriously enough  Gman   Mar-24-04 09:23 PM   #3 
  - mp3 here of Clarke's testimony  Wonk   Mar-24-04 09:37 PM   #4 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-24-04 09:41 PM   #5 
  - Whine  Beetwasher   Mar-24-04 10:04 PM   #6 
  - What a hip, leftist screen-name you have,  Nostradammit   Mar-24-04 10:33 PM   #7 
  - jimi's star spangled banner  Must_B_Free   Mar-24-04 11:43 PM   #11 
  - Welcome to DU  Chicago Democrat   Mar-25-04 01:22 AM   #13 
  - I seem to recall Clarke taking credit today.  murielm99   Mar-24-04 10:50 PM   #8 
  - In order to prevent it  daleo   Mar-24-04 10:59 PM   #9 
  - Yes  BigBigBear   Mar-24-04 11:37 PM   #10 
  - ...and Clarke turned around and faced the families of 911 with the apology  0007   Mar-25-04 06:14 AM   #15 
  - Forget Blame? I blame should all Democrats.  Chicago Democrat   Mar-25-04 01:21 AM   #12 
  - Yes  DoYouEverWonder   Mar-25-04 07:04 AM   #16 
  - Apparently he doesn't just point blame in one direction  salin   Mar-25-04 07:21 AM   #17 
  - Yes, two beautiful young women I knew,sisters...  readmylips   Mar-25-04 08:53 AM   #19 
  - Watched Clarke's testimony yesterday  radfringe   Mar-25-04 02:50 AM   #14 
  - Party!  readmylips   Mar-25-04 08:42 AM   #18 

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