Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Bush and Cheney refuse to talk to whole 9/11 commission

Via Corrente, we find an article in the Newark Star-Ledger explaining that Bush and Cheney are refusing to be interviewed by all 10 members of the bipartisan 9/11 commission:

Another showdown between the national commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the White House may be in the offing, this time over whether all of the panel's 10 members or only some of them will be able to interview President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

The White House announced Friday evening that Bush had agreed to a request from former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, the commission's chairman, and former Rep. Lee Hamilton, the vice chairman, to meet in a closed-door session to discuss the 9/11 disaster. But it now appears the White House is trying to limit how many commissioners will meet with the president during the private session.

As I've said before, I don't believe that Bush and Cheney were responsible for the 9/11 intelligence failure. I don't believe they have anything to hide, at least on the attacks (as opposed to, say, the Iraq war). Therefore, I genuinely find it bizarre how suspiciously they are behaving w.r.t. the 9/11 investigation. All I can conclude is that they are simply not serious about preventing future terrorist attacks: either they don't believe it could happen again, or they don't care, or they sincerely believe that invading Iraq and Afghanistan has dealt such a fatal blow to terrorism that it's unnecessary to actually, you know, investigate the failures of 9/11. Any of these three options reveals breathtaking arrogance and stupidity. Take your pick.

UPDATE: today's MeFi has a fresh link roundup on the Afghanistan mess.

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