Friday, April 02, 2004

A Question of Focus 

From Newsday:

"I really don't care what Condi Rice has to say.

I ignore the yarn the White House national security adviser spins about the level of concern the Bush team had about the terrorist threat from al-Qaida during its first months in office.

Because Rice isn't president of the United States. George W. Bush is. And so we must read his lips.

Here is what those lips said publicly about al-Qaida between Jan. 1, 2001, just before Bush was sworn in as president, and Sept. 10, 2001: Nothing."

The whole thing is worth a read, but here are the bullet points.

Compared to the administration's real priorities:

This would not be an issue if the Bushies didn't continue to insist (against all available evidence) that they were indeed focused on international terrorism in general and Al Quaeda in particular before 9/11/2001. But that would involve an admission that they didn't do exactly the right thing in that period, and that is something these people just don't do.

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