March 26, 2004

Clark’s Testimony

Charged with coming up with the definitive account of the September 11, 2001 attacks the 10 member board of The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks on the United States listened to testimony by former President Clinton’s staff members, the current president’s staff members, and others. Part of the commison’s job is to detail any lapses on the part of the United States government, whether it be White House, CIA, FBI, Pentagon, etc. that might have contributed to the country’s lack of preparedness for the tragic events of nine eleven.

Indeed, based on former White House staffer Richard Clark’s testimony, it would appear that the Bush White House must shoulder a large portion of responsibility for mistakes that helped to enable the attacks. Mr. Clark’s testimony began with the following statement.

"Your government failed you, and I failed you," he said. "We tried hard, but that doesn't matter because we failed you. And for that failure, I would ask, once all the facts are out, for your understanding and for your forgiveness."*

Clark went on to describe how he had tried to get the Bush administration to take the threat of terrorist attack inside the United States’ borders seriosly. Clark had asked to arm preditor drones as part of a system of protection against just such a possibility as actually took place on 9/11. He had asked white house staffers and policy makers to "imagine a day after hundreds of Americans lay dead at home or abroad after a terrorist attack" and then in the imagining to ask, "What else they could have done?"

Of course the Bush White House claims this to be a contrived mess of clap-trap without foundation.

I find it interesting that Mr Clark worked for Presidents Clinton, George Bush, (GW’s Daddy) and Ronald Reagan before the current over-grown (let’s trim him down to size) Bush. This is no fluffy testimony that one can dismiss with a brush of one’s insufficient oil oligarchic hand, as it were.

Dinner at the Farm Last Night...

was horrible. Not the food, but the event itself was dire. Ruth has worked her malicious spell - sounds melodramatic, but, I’ll never give Ruthe the benefit of the doubt again. She has a rancorous spirit.. I’ll write the details later, Dear Journal. Right now I don’t want to think on it.

*, Inside Politics, “Clark: Bush didn’t see terrorism as ‘urgent,’ 9/11 Panel hears from Berger, Tenet,” Thursday, March 25, 2004, posted 12:05 A.M. EST (Thursday, March 25, 2004, viewed 6:07 A.M. EST)

*2 “The September 11 Digital Archive,” American Social History Project / Center for Media and Learning, CUNY, (Friday, March 26, 2004, viewed 6:32 A.M. EST)

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