April 08, 2004


James Lileks, in his Newhouse column, regarding the 9/11 commission:

If. If. Maybe. If. If George W. Bush had phoned the Saudis on the first day of his administration and told them any act of Islamist terror would result in a mushroom cloud over Mecca, and that he would consider it "what we call in bowling a practice frame," it might have been different. It might have been different if B-52s had taken out the Taliban in February 2001 -- and we all know how Ted Kennedy et al. would have exploded in a rain of bile had Bush kicked off his term with a pre-emptive war. The articles of impeachment would have been drawn up before the first wave of bombers returned to base.

Posted by Ryan at April 8, 2004 02:14 PM

I think I made this point when debating with you on my blog, about what Condi Rice and Bush knew prior to 9/11. This is not just about if 9/11 could have been prevented. At least not for me. It is about the numerous lies being told and repeated by this administration. I would have far more respect for all of them if they were just honest about what was known and what was done, rather than trying to avoid any responsibility for what happened. Like I said in my comments, if we don't have an honest accounting of what happened, we will continue to "fix" the wrong things.

Posted by: D at April 8, 2004 05:03 PM
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