This was an interesting exchange upon terrorism experts. Besides the emotions that are honestly visible in this video clip, this is an incredibly complex issue. Remember the atmosphere which President Bill Clinton was operating in. You have an incredibly divisive Congress. President Clinton could not go to the restroom without criticism from Republican leadership. Although Newt Gingrich praised President Clinton’s missile strikes on suspected Al Qaeda targets, many other Republicans were highly critical. Therefore, it’s hard to imagine how Clinton could have been more aggressive in going after bin Laden under such criticism. There was no way, let me repeat, there was no way that President Clinton could have sent in troops without a complete and total revolt in the Republican-led Congress. If a missile strike was “Wag the Dog,” then what would a commando raid have been called.
Remember, the 9/11 commission was designed to quell angst and the American public. It was not designed to enter questions. Although, they did answer some questions, others were left completely untouched. Recall, that the 9/11 commission did not have access to all of the information. The administration stonewalled some of the “highly sensitive” information was only seen by a couple of the 9/11 commissioners. The executive director of the 9/11 commission, somebody almost completely invisible to the public, was a Bush insider. He had a lot of say on what went into the final report.
I was not terribly critical of the Bush administration lack of focus on Al Qaeda until, they tried to convince the public that there were always on the ball. When President Bush began saying that we were always on top of terrorism, this when I began very critical. This is not true. When the Bush administration came into office they were focused on Iraq and missile defense.
Finally, Michael Sheuer, who led the bin Laden unit in the CIA for many years, he lived, breathed and slept bin Laden. He is about to come unglued during this interview. He mentions that there were 10 instances when we had an opportunity to take out bin Laden. I believe that he is a thoughtful man. I believe that he has a single-mindedness that unfortunately a president cannot have.
Now we get the back pedalling. We didn’t know. We were out of the loop. We were crooks. Oopps. They didn’t say that.
Here’s my problem with the “we didn’t know theory”, did they look? Did they investigate? They knew that Foley had send some odd e-mails, did they look any further? Did they call pages into the office? Did they do anything except trust Congressman Foley to do the right thing? Did they try and protect the pages? Did they do the right thing? We’ll have to wait and see but it seems like the answer may be NO.
The Cowboys started a little slow against the lowly Titans with an interception on the first drive. The defense also started slow. Allowing the Titans to drive more than 60 yards for their opening field goal. Slowly but surely the Cowboys begin to get it in gear. They dominated the first half except for a scoring drive at the end of the half. Drew Bledsoe almost found Terrell Owens at the back of the end zone. Owens almost made a spectacular catch. Bledsoe should have made a better pass. So instead of getting seven points we were going to settle for three but then Mike Vanderjagt bounce the football off the uprights. So instead of seven and instead of three we came away with nothing.
Finally, the second-half show the dominating performance at the Cowboys, any team going to the playoffs, should show against the rebuilding Titans. The Cowboys move the ball on offense and scored. The Cowboys stifled the Titans on defense. If you subtract the 40 yards on the opening drive that the Titans got, they had less than 200 yards of offense for the rest of the game. Vince Young, the much heralded quarterback from the University of Texas, proves that he’s a rookie and has a lot to learn. It is clear that he is talented. But in the NFL everyone out on the field is talented. He threw more wounded ducks than Billy Kilmer. He was surprisingly tentative in his running. Hopefully, he will learn from Jeff Fisher.
Cowboy fans have not seen this type are performance from the Cowboys in a very long long time.
I’ve seen a lot of football over the last 40 or so years. I have seen greatness and I’ve seen some abysmal play. The cheap shot that Hanyesworth took by stepping on the head of Andre Gurode not once but twice with spiked cliques was unforgivable. He should be suspended from the Titans for a year and forced to take an anger management courses to deal with his issues. Anything less would not be fair to the players or to the game.