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Lies And The Lying Liars Who Don’t Dare Go Under Oath (But Will Appear On The Sunday Gabfests)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on April 29, 2007

Okay, this makes me wanna hurl:

This evening, 60 Minutes will air its discussion with former CIA Director George Tenet. In one exchange, Tenet elaborates on a briefing that he and his former aide Cofer Black delivered to then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice in July 2001 warning of an “urgent threat” from al Qaeda. In the 60 Minutes interview, Tenet says this is the message he delivered to Rice two months prior to 9/11:

We need to consider immediate action inside Afghanistan now. We need to move to the offensive.

On CBS’s Face the Nation, a perplexed and stunned Rice said, “The idea of launching preemptive strikes into Afghanistan in July of 2001, this is a new fact.” Rice then said, “I don’t know what we were supposed to preemptively strike in Afghanistan. Perhaps somebody can ask that.”

Oh, bullshit, Condi.  You’ll lie like this on the Sunday shows, but you don’t dare try this under oath in front of Congress.

You were friggin’ told, Condi, not just by George Tenet, but by Richard Clarke and Sandy Berger, that Al Qaeda was a big threat that was going to have to be dealt with and soon.   It’s why your people have tried so hard to destroy Sandy Berger, remember? 

You tried to deny that they talked to you on this, but in the “Operation Ignore” chapter of his book Lies and the Lying Liars that Tell Them, good old Al Franken caught you in that lie:

Bill Clinton’s far-reaching plan to eliminate al Qaeda root and branch was completed only a few weeks before the inauguration of George W. Bush. If it had been implemented then, a former senior Clinton aide told Time, we would be handing [the Bush Administration] a war when they took office.” Instead, Clinton and company decided to turn over the plan to the Bush administration to carry out. Clinton trusted Bush to protect America. This proved, nine months later, to be a disastrous mistake – perhaps the biggest one Clinton ever made.

Clinton’s National Security Advisor Sandy Berger remembered how little help the previous Bush administration had provided to his team. Believing that the nation’s security should transcend political bitterness, Berger arranged ten briefings for his successor, Condoleezza Rice, and her deputy, Stephen Hadley. Berger made a special point of attending the briefing on terrorism. He told Dr. Rice, “I believe that the Bush administration will spend more time on terrorism in general, and on al Qaeda specifically, than any other subject.”

Which brings me to a lie. When Time asked about the conversation, Rice declined to comment, but through a spokeswoman said she recalled no briefing at which Berger was present” Perhaps so, Dr. Rice. But might I direct our mutual friends, my readers, to a certain December 30, 2001, New York Times article? Perhaps you know the one, Condi? Shall I quote it? “As he prepared to leave office last January, Mr. Berger met with his successor, Condoleezza Rice, and gave her a warning. According to both of them, he said that terrorism-and particularly Mr. bin Laden’s brand of it-would consume far more of her time than she had ever imagined.” (Italics mine.)

C’mon, Condi.  I dare you to go under oath and spew the same crap you’ve been spewing today on the talk shows.  I DARE YOU.

Oh, and Condi:  Don’t think you can hide forever.  As Emptywheel notes here, presuming Tenet takes Waxman up on his offer to address the Oversight Committee (scheduled for May 10), it may have real bearing on your efforts to ignore Waxman’s subpoena.  If Tenet says–as he has said elsewhere–that your shop was responsible for the 16 words, and if he repeats this claim (with Richard Clarke clapping in the background), then it provides a more compelling reason for you to come in and respond to those allegations in person. If nothing else, by staying home, you’ll be making a pretty glaring admission. It’s one thing to pretend to rebut Tenet on the Sunday shows, but if you’re not willing to do so under oath, that says something about you — something unpleasant.

2 Responses to “Lies And The Lying Liars Who Don’t Dare Go Under Oath (But Will Appear On The Sunday Gabfests)”

  1. Charles said

    These people are recreational liars, PW. If they were offered money to tell the truth, they’d lie for the fun of it.

    I keep saying that we have a national problem, that it has become accepted that leaders– in politics, journalism, academia, the judiciary– lie. We have perjurers on the Supreme Court and the two most dishonest public officials of a generation (Bush and Gonzales) in charge of law enforcement.

    We can expect leaders to have clay feet. But what Condi has down there ain’t clay.

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