The Shoe Lady Tells A Big Fib....
By Number Six
Tuesday, September 26, 2006 at 03:35 PM
Uh-oh. Seems that SOS Condi is at it again, mainly, lying to cover up her boss's...um...lying....It's getting interesting now, especially with the fall elections around the corner: ABC dumps on Clinton with a biased "docudrama", then, Clinton almost gets mugged by Chris "I wannabee Sean" Wallace, and now this.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice challenged former President Bill Clinton's claim that he did more than many of his conservative critics to pursue al Qaeda, saying in an interview published Tuesday that the Bush administration aggressively pursued the group even before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
"What we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton administration did in the preceding years," Rice said during a meeting with editors and reporters at the New York Post.
Sadly, that's not what the 911 Commission had to say, nor much of anyone else in the know. Think Progress has a killer piece about how all of this Rice stuff is pure hot air:
The 9/11 Commission Report contradicts Rice's claims. On December 4, 1998, for example, the Clinton administration received a President's Daily Brief entitled "Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack US Aircraft and Other Attacks." Here's how the Clinton administration reacted, according to the 9/11 Commission report:
The same day, [Counterterrorism Czar Richard] Clarke convened a meeting of his CSG [Counterterrorism Security Group] to discuss both the hijacking concern and the antiaircraft missile threat. To address the hijacking warning, the group agreed that New York airports should go to maximum security starting that weekend. They agreed to boost security at other East coast airports. The CIA agreed to distribute versions of the report to the FBI and FAA to pass to the New York Police Department and the airlines. The FAA issued a security directive on December 8, with specific requirements for more intensive air carrier screening of passengers and more oversight of the screening process, at all three New York area airports. [pg. 128-30]
On August 6, 2001, the Bush administration received a President's Daily Brief entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike U.S." Here's how the Bush administration reacted, according to the 9/11 Commission report:
[President Bush] did not recall discussing the August 6 report with the Attorney General or whether Rice had done so.[p. 260]
We have found no indication of any further discussion before September 11 among the President and his top advisers of the possibility of a threat of an al Qaeda attack in the United States. DCI Tenet visited President Bush in Crawford, Texas, on August 17 and participated in the PDB briefings of the President between August 31 (after the President had returned to Washington) and September 10. But Tenet does not recall any discussions with the President of the domestic threat during this period. [p. 262]
But even Raw Story weighs in on Shoe Lady and her lying mouth:
However, RAW STORY has found that just five days after President George W. Bush was sworn into office, a memo from counter-terrorism expert Richard A. Clarke to Rice included the 2000 document, "Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al-Qida: Status and Prospects." This document devotes over 2 of its 13 pages of material to specifically addressing strategies for securing Pakistan's cooperation in airstrikes against al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
So, what really happened?
Simple: The Clinton Administration was in the process of greasing the gears to nab Ostuffit bin Laden. Minor problem: The clock had run out, and they handed all of this over to the incoming Texas Hat Regime, which immediately yawned and went about looking for a way to invade Iraq instead.
Does this mean Shoe Lady is lying? Is the Pope Catholic? Well, it's okay, as then, she fits right in with a bumbling collective of idiots who never told the truth the first time. Or anything close to it since.