Thursday, July 22, 2004


It's Not My Fault

I expect ot hear this a lot over the next several days. Here it is almost two hours before the release of the 9/11 commission's report and the Republicans are already on the tube saying "It's not our fault." According to the commission's findings, blame should be placed on basically everyone.

First of all, I see this as a cop-out. Victims families were looking for something difinitive and what they got was a general statement saying "well, somebody screwed up."

Second of all, I think this commission was put into an almost impossible position. If they find blame with either the Bush or the Clinton administration, it could effect the outcome of the election. For instance if they were to place the blame on Bush, it may very well cost him the election in November giving the perception that the commission was biased

Finally, there is still the issue of disclosure by the White House. If they didn't feel that they were guilty, why did they continuously block access to documents, officials and information? Why wouldn't the President and Vice President testify under oath? Why did they oppose the commission in the first place? I'd be interested to see if any of those questions are addressed by the commission' report. I doubt they will.

What I don't doubt is that the Republicans will be dancing around all over television holding a copy of the report and saying "It's not our fault," when what they should be saying is what Richard Clarke said on the day of his testimony:

But that would take integrity.

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