Thursday, April 01, 2004
Top Focus Before 9/11 Wasn't on Terrorism (washingtonpost.com):
On Sept. 11, 2001, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to outline a Bush administration policy that would address "the threats and problems of today and the day after, not the world of yesterday" -- but the focus was largely on missile defense, not terrorism from Islamic radicals.*I apologize for the unrepentant triumphalism in the title of this blogging, but I remember too well the tone all the media (especially MSNBC, FOX, CNN) took every time a can of mosquito repellent was found in Iraq last year, and the daily polls and all the right-wing snarkiness. I kept emailing them to complain, but they just kept at it. So there.
The White House declined to release the complete text of Rice's speech, since it was not given. The White House did confirm the accuracy of excerpts given to The Post, and former U.S. officials provided a detailed summary of the speech.
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