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Thursday, April 08, 2004

Fielding's next. His focus, based on the "We don't want to wake up and find bin Laden's attacked up" interview, is whether -- if she knew prior to 9/11 that there were structural problems -- what she had done to alleviate them.

Her response is that it didn't get done during the transition. Well, duh.

She continues to paint the picture of systemic disconnects in the intelligence community, seemingly oblivious to the fact that she was the one in the best position, and with the authority, to force this kind of stuff in absense of a process to do it naturally.

Which part of National Security Advisor did she not understand?

After her smiling description of the great progress that the Dept. of Homeland Security has made on that front, Fielding as much as says that the commission didn't think it was close to enough. D'oh!

And again, he's now referring back to the foiling of the Millenium Plots as a contrast to what the White House did during the summer of 2001. And again, Rice deliberately misses the point, talking about how the 2001 threats were all about foreign attacks.

Either intentionally or unintentionally -- and she's too smart not to realize how her testimony is coming across -- she's falling on her sword this morning. Instead on holding daily principals meetings as in 1999, she's saying she was the one in constant contact with the principals.

That sort of narrows down what the problem is, doesn't it?

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