9/11/2001: The Incompetence of the President

Kurt Eichenwald has an opinion piece in the New York Times which centers on the famous August 6, 2011 Presidential Briefing, warning of an imminent attack on the U.S.  by Al Queda, which President George W Bush and his team did not take seriously.  That briefing, and only that briefing, was released to the public after pressure from the 9/11 Commission.  It turns out that the evidence from the unreleased briefings, is even more damning of George W Bush, Condoleeza Rice and others on his National Security Team, than the already scandalous August 6 report.  Eichenwald says:

 I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

You’ll want to read the whole piece, and then his book, 500 Days: Secrets and Lies in the Terror Wars.

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