as some in Congress have pointed out, she has spoken on several
television shows and attacked Richard Clarke for his testimony in
the public domain; why can she not do this, therefore, publicly on
television and under oath in front of the commission?"
No Lie Zone
RICE 'N BALONEY
Posted March 30, 2004 thepeoplesvoice.org
By: Ted Lang
President George W. Bush's National Security advisor, Dr. Condoleezza
Rice, is falsely claiming "executive privilege" and offering
her principled approach to government service that precludes setting a
bad precedent for a good president. Yet, no weapons of mass
destruction have been found to corroborate President Bush's claims to
Congress and the American people that he needed war powers to set the
first-time ever precedent of attacking a defenseless nation that neither
attacked US or ever harmed US, or even intended to harm US.
The whole world sees this. The whole world disagrees with our
unjust attack, invasion and subjugation of Iraq's people. The Kean
9-11 commission has unanimously agreed that Rice's testimony is most
important. Counterterrorism advisor Richard A. Clarke, who has released
a new book, Against All Enemies, and who has testified under oath and
publicly for the Kean commission, corroborates what Bush's former
Treasury Secretary offered: Bush was more interested in declaring war on
Iraq than in pursuing the terrorist threat that carried out the 9-11
carnage against our people.
In an article entitled, "White House looks for compromise,"
posted March 29th on their website, MSNBC offers, "The White House
was trying to strike a deal under which Rice would appear in private
before the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United
States, but it refused to budge in the face of demands that she testify
in public and under oath." The article points out that the
urgency to have Rice testify publicly and under oath is "cutting
across both party lines."
The article continues, "Under one proposal, Rice's testimony would
be released to the public shortly after her appearance, but it was not
clear whether this would satisfy members of the commission or quell
Democrats' demands to hear openly from Rice, a key aide to President
Bush whose refusal to testify in public has magnified criticism by
former counterterrorism director Richard Clarke.
Clarke accused Bush, who is running for re-election on his record of
fighting terrorism, of being obsessed with ousting Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein at the expense of fully focusing on the war against
terrorism. The White House is refusing to let Rice testify
publicly based on a long-standing position that presidential advisers
who have not been confirmed by the Senate cannot give public
testimony." It has also been an important principle as well as a
long-standing tradition that we don't attack first, but the Bush
administration didn't adhere to that tradition. Nor did the Bush
administration adhere to the principle of requesting that the Congress
declare war on another sovereign nation, as is not only tradition, but
also the law of the land as specified in the United States Constitution.
The commission was given life by the joint agreement of Congress and the
White House; therefore requests of executive privilege, separation of
powers, and national security are totally invalid here.
Additionally, as some in Congress have pointed out, she has spoken on
several television shows and attacked Richard Clarke for his testimony
in the public domain; why can she not do this, therefore, publicly on
television and under oath in front of the commission?
President Bush's bullheadedness and Rice's refusal to testify, thereby
raising the specter of a subpoena, an event which timing-wise is an
impossibility, is creating a heart-wrenching spectacle not only for the
families of the 9-11 victims who came to Washington to be part of an
inquiry into the deaths of their loved ones, and is also putting on
display for America and the world the cold-heartedness of this
administration and its cavalier attitude towards those military families
who also lost loved ones in Iraq. The only one who displayed
"compassionate conservatism" and showed any remorse for the
brutal process of nation building President Bush is so enamored with is
Richard Clarke when he told the 9-11 victims' families, "Your
government failed you." And thanks to George Bush, our
continues to fail US!
Rice offered that Bush's push to have Clarke find a way to point the
finger at Iraq was a natural desire on the part of the president,
telling Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes on March 28 as documented in "Rice
Leads Counterattack," posted on CBSNEWS.com, "'The president
asked, I believe - though none of us recall the specific - conversation,
the president asked a perfectly logical question. We'd just been
hit and been hit hard. Was - did Iraq have anything to do with
this? Were they complicit in it? This is a country with
which we have been to war a couple of times, that were firing at our
airplanes - in the no-fly zone.'"
Of course, there was no mention of the double-cross of Saddam who first
asked permission of our State Department's April Glaspie before
attacking Kuwait for slant-drilling Iraqi oil fields. And there
was no mention of approximately 500,000 Iraqi children dying from the
blockade of Iraq. And why shouldn't this beleaguered country fire
at enemy aircraft bombing its towns and people? What nation
imposes a "no-fly zone" on US? Also posted on CBSNEWS.com on
March 29th, was a chronological listing of events that led up to 9-11.
Summarized, the report begins with the foiled Algerian hijacking in
Marseille, France. Immediately after that event in 1994, the
Pentagon received a report it requested that documented the possibility
that hijacked commercial airliners could be crashed into the Pentagon or
the White House. Recall the deranged non-pilot who stole a Cessna
172 and flew it into the White House during the Clinton administration?
CBS goes on to report that in 1995, Philippine authorities linked an
arrested Ramsi Yousef, mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center
bombing, and uncovered a plot to fly a plane into CIA headquarters in
Langley, VA. And immediately after that incident, the FBI alerted flight
schools and conducted interviews, but was unable to develop a productive
surveillance program. In August 1998, U.S. intelligence learned
that a group of Arabs planned to fly an explosive-laden plane from a
foreign country into the World Trade Center. The list goes on and
on, yet Dr. Rice in her famous interview with the press explained that
American government was never aware that airplanes would be used as
missiles and flown into buildings. It is clear Rice was lying.
The situation not only with this brilliant, intelligent woman, but also
with the towering Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is an American
tragedy. Here is, to be sure, a case where virtually all of
America was pulling for two promising black leaders who could have, once
and for all, helped rid America of the horrible stigma of racism and
discrimination. Here were two Americans that could have made
America more of an example of what America really stood for: true equal
opportunity for each and all. Instead, these two promising individuals
now stand in disgrace, disgraced by a clueless, bullheaded president who
lied himself into the White House telling US he opposes nation building,
who lied US into an unnecessary and deadly war in Iraq, and who lied
America's two top promising black leaders out of their hard-earned
futures and accomplishments. If Bush continues to obstruct the
9-11 commission, he should be impeached. Forget the elections -
© Copyright THEODORE E. LANG 3/29/04 All
rights reserved. Ted Lang is a political analyst and a freelance writer.