The most amazing thing about this testimony is how people only hear what they want. I don't think that Rice is a patriot or a great speaker, and certainly shouldn't be mentioned in the same breath with Abraham Lincoln.
Let's not forget that in order to get Rice to testify, the Commission had to forgo interviewing anyone else from the White House. Since the previous reviews appeared, Barbara Boxer, in Rice's confirmation hearings, showed her to be a liar using her own words. Rice could offer nothing in her own defense other than attacking the questioner. Mark Dayton, a Senator from Minnesota stated in no uncertain terms exactly what she and the rest of the administration had done, namely lie through their teeth. After being the worst national security advisor in our history, she was rewarded with a promotion to Secretary of State.
Today, February 20, 2005, parts of the Commission report that had been supressed until after the election were declassified. Now the truth is becoming more clear. Fifty-two times in the six months before 9/11 the administration had been warned about activities that pointed to an attack the likes of which was carried out. Rice said, under oath, that they never had any such warnings.
The current federal budget cuts the police allotment by 90% now that he doesn't need them for photo-ops anymore, and that's just the beginning. And have we captured bin Laden, as promised? No. He was just an excuse to justify a war against a country that posed no threat to us and was the arch enemy of Al Queda.
If you want the truth, don't listen to an administration apologist with an oil tanker named after her. Download and listen to the testimony of Richard Clarke, a 30-year professional in this field who worked under four presidents. He didn't care what party they belonged to, nor they he. He was retained because of his expertise, not his blind loyalty.
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