Subject: Rice proved adept at avoiding real questions
Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2004 04:29:36 +0200
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9 April 2004 By Joe Conason
The Artful Dodger
In her testimony Condi Rice proved adept at avoiding the real
questions about 9/11. But her act is wearing thin.
The public testimony of Condoleezza Rice before the 9/11 commission
had a strategy and a structure, to use terms that she favors.
The obvious strategy was to swathe every answer to a challenging
question from the commissioners in "context" that did more to
obfuscate than clarify.
The underlying structure of her statements shifted responsibility away
from the Bush White House, in any direction possible :
toward previous administrations, the FBI, the CIA and, as subtly as
possible, toward former counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke.
Rice was nothing if not repetitive in her response to the main issue
before the commission and the country.
Like the president himself, she assured us again and again that if
only al-Qaida had revealed the date, timing, location and methods
to be used in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the White House would
surely have done everything in its power to thwart the threat.
That, of course, is the answer to a question nobody has bothered to ask.