Thursday, April 08, 2004

Condoleezza Rice & 9/11 Commission This little dog and pony show keeps getting worse. Now I can see why Bush was reluctant to set it up in the first place.

President Roosevelt waited until after World War II to put in place a commission to investigate what mistakes led to Pearl Harbor. That was a wise move, but then Roosevelt did not face the kind of hyper-partisanship that plagues America these days. (Washington Post columnist David Broder recently pointed out that when FDR ran for reelection during World War II, he emphasized his record as a war leader. Broder might have added that FDR's Republican opponent, Thomas Dewey, declined to criticize the president in regard to foreign policy during a time of war. It's almost hard to believe that there was a time when Americans knew the difference between their foreign enemies and their political adversaries.)

I don't remember the family members of the Oklahoma City bombing coming on TV to criticize the Clinton Administration, nor the survivors of the first WTC attack. When did they obtain special expertise in intelligence and foreign policy planning?

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