Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) noted the irony of preserving Bush’s tax cuts “at a cost of $2.2 trillion” while proposing hundreds of billions in health care cuts. “We believe that is a very odd sense of priorities. That is not a sense of priorities that are shared by the American people,” Conrad said.
Bush like many with his privileged background insist on the ultimate elitism, that wealth somehow creates itself without labor. Thus they owe labor nothing but crumps and trickle down.
The 9/11 Commission’s executive director Philip Zelikow did by all appearances act in a way to shield the Bush Whitehouse from blame,
Shenon’s narrative is built from extensive interviews with staff members and several, if not all, the commissioners. He depicts Zelikow as exploiting his central position to negate or neutralize criticism of the Bush administration so that the White House would not bear, in November 2004, the political burden of failing to prevent the attacks.
Shenon’s book The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation is to be published in March. Isioff at Newsweek tries to make the case that Philip Zelikow wasn’t manipulating the commission’s fact finding, but fails
* Isikoff numbers “at least four” calls between Rove and Zelikow; Isikoff repeats Zelikow’s excuse that these were related to Zelikow’s academic job, but he doesn’t include the allegation that Zelikow tried to have his Executive Secretary stop logging his calls.
* He repeats Shenon’s claim that Rove specifically said that a report that blamed Bush for 9/11 could most easily sink his re-election bid.
While I wish people would not use the term “mole” to refer to Zelikow, it does appear that he kept up an improper series of communications with the Whitehouse (Karl Rove) and did not disclose the fact that he was part of Condi Rice’s transition team and was thus one of the people that set national security priorities before 9-11.
Even after his recusal, Zelikow continued to insert himself into the work of “Team 3,” the task force responsible for the most politically-sensitive part of the investigation, counter-terrorism policy. This brief encompassed the White House, which meant investigating the conduct of Condoleeza Rice and Richard Clarke during the months prior to 9/11. Team 3 staffers would come to believe that Zelikow prevented them from submitting a report that would have depicted Rice’s performance as “amount[ing] to incompetence, or something not far from it.”
On January 15th, in a court filing submitted in response to CREW v. Executive Office of the President, the White House admitted destroying back-up copies of some of its emails. Over 10 million emails are missing from between March 2003 and October 2005 and the White House stated that up until October of 2003, back-up tapes containing the only copies of some of the missing emails were recycled.
This means that there likely are no back-up copies of emails deleted during the period of March 2003 through October 2003, the time during which top White House officials leaked the covert identity of Valerie Plame Wilson and the Justice Department began a criminal investigation into the leak. The White House has offered no explanation as to why the emails were deleted, how many were actually lost and why it never acted to recover any of the missing emails, despite having been presented with a recovery plan by its own Office of Administration.
You don’t need a lot of head spinning conspiracy theories with these folks their mendacity and contempt for the American people and the rule of law is pretty obvious to everyone but the most partisan apologists.
Mendacity is a system that we live in. Liquor is one way out an death’s the other. ~ American playwright Tennessee Williams