Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Guess Who?

Who said Monday that the Afghan war against Taliban guerrillas can never be won militarily and that efforts should be made to bring them and their supporters into the Afghan government? Same guy who said that Taliban fighters were too numerous and had too much popular support to be defeated on the battlefield. So who wants to negotiate with terrorists? Who wants to bring al Qaeda's protectors into the Afghan government? Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist. Oh, wait. Frist now says the "Taliban is a murderous band of terrorists" and that "America will never negotiate with terrorists or support their entry into Afghanistan's government" but that "national reconciliation" is needed. Translation: We won't negotiate with Taliban terrorists but they should be persuaded to join the government.

Who said this about President Bill Clinton -- "It's vile. It's more sad than anything else, to see someone with such potential throw it all down the drain because of a sexual addiction." Republican Mark Foley in 1998, eight years before Foley resigns after being confronted with emails and instant message transcripts showing beyond a reasonable doubt that he is a sexual predator and possible pedophile of young boys.

Who said, "What I am quite certain of, however, is that I would remember if I was told--as this account apparently says--that there was about to be an attack in the United States. The idea that I would somehow have ignored that I find incomprehensible." The context of this "I don't recall unless you can prove it to me" is about a July 10, 2001 briefing by CIA Director George Tenet and top counter-terrorism official Cofer Black. The briefing was set-up by telephone on the drive over to the White House to give it a sense of urgency. At the briefing the two officials practically begged that the U.S. "needed to take action that moment - covert, military, whatever - to thwart bin Laden." The result? "Tenet and Black felt they were not getting through." They "felt the brush-off. Tenet left the meeting feeling frustrated. Though [they were given] a fair hearing, no immediate action meant great risk. Black felt the decision to just keep planning was a sustained policy failure. Afterward, Tenet looked back on the meeting ... as a lost opportunity to prevent or disrupt the 9/11 attacks. Black later said, 'The only thing we didn't do was pull the trigger to the gun we were holding to her head.'"

Who gave the brush off to impeding attacks on the U.S. by bin Laden? Who took no immediate action? Who said they couldn't remember even having the briefing until records were found proving the meeting took place? Who was right when she said it would be "incomprehensible" to ignore the warning? Condi Rice, then the National Security Advisor. Add to that her explanation that the imfamous August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief entitled: "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S." was just "a historical document" and it's incomprehensible why she still has a job or any credibility left.


Blogger d.K. said...

This band gives new meaning to "incoherence" and a number of other words that come to mind but aren't suitable to print.

Is it 2008 yet?

12:36 PM  
Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

I think they are consistent in their loyalty to each other and to Bush's grand scheme, such as it is. They are not loyal to the Constitution, the duties of office or to the American people, but you can't have everything.

4:11 PM  

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