Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Richard A. Clarke: 9/11 report is honorable but incomplete: "Americans owe the 9/11 commission a deep debt for its extensive exposition of the facts surrounding the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. Yet, because the commission had a goal of creating a unanimous report from a bipartisan group, it softened the edges and left it to the public to draw many conclusions.... Among the obvious truths that were documented but unarticulated were the facts that the Bush administration did little on terrorism before 9/11, and that by invading Iraq the administration has left us less safe as a nation. (Fortunately, opinion polls show that the majority of Americans have already come to these conclusions on their own.) What the commissioners did clearly state was that Iraq had no collaborative relationship with Al Qaeda and no hand in 9/11."

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