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June 5, 2002

Straws, wind, etc. From CBS News (pointed out by Avedon Carol):
“I don’t believe any longer that it’s a matter of connecting the dots,” Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., told reporters. “I think they had a veritable blueprint and we want to know why they didn’t act on it.”
Remember when remarks like this were prima facie evidence of insane Democratic partisanship? That was of course a long time ago. Perhaps as much as two or three weeks. [09:25 PM]
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Comments on Straws, wind, etc.:

Hugh Nicholas ::: (view all by) ::: June 05, 2002, 10:27 PM:

No, this is different. What was wildly

partisan was "What did Bush know and when

did he know it" still being aluded to by some

L.A. Times pieces implying that Bush could

have prevented 9/11 but didn't. This, I hope,

is and will remain a focused look for why

we didn't discover and prevent the 9/11

plans ahead of time, rather than an attempt

to score political points. When we discover,

as I expect that we will, that many years of

political oversite of the FBI and CIA had focused

them in direction and on tasks that are

not optimal in the post cold war world,

a world that both political parties have

not wanted to look at closely and carefully

enough. We'll probably discover that we

got the FBI and CIA that we asked for, at least

as the wants were expressed by the people

we elected. What is going to be needed,

if we are to get worthwhile results, is to

force both parties and the media to be

honest about what happened and not turn it

into one more big game of "gotcha"! Excusing

the democrats for their initial attempt at

"gotcha", doesn't help.

TVH ::: (view all by) ::: June 05, 2002, 11:20 PM:

Just watch out that you're not linked to by the Cynthia McKinney fan club...

Mark ::: (view all by) ::: June 06, 2002, 11:29 AM:

Appointed President Bush promised to bring bipartisanship to Washington. This is proof of his success.

Simon Shoedecker ::: (view all by) ::: June 06, 2002, 07:26 PM:

And Nixon in his time had the slogan, "Bring us together." He did, he did!

Atrios ::: (view all by) ::: June 07, 2002, 01:08 AM:

Everything is an attempt to score political points. One hopes that this does not obscure the truth - but politics is politics, and that is not entirely bad as some people seem to think.