August 30, 2005
�What is right but what we prove to be right? What is truth but what we believe to be truth?� -- Gorgias the Sophist
Rep Curt Weldon has become a spark on the tinder in outing the malfeasance of the 9/11 Commission. However, he is still only half right.
He is correct in saying the 9/11 Commission will have "egg all over their face" when the truth is eventually revealed. He is right they are in major CYA mode because of embarrassment of a public epiphany. However, he is frankly wrong when he says "In two weeks with two staffers, I've uncovered more in this regard than they did with 80 staffers and $15-Million in taxpayers' money!"
The 9/11 Commission uncovered all that Weldon has�and more. However (and herein lies the real tragic flaw and sin) they specifically, judiciously CHOSE not to share the details of what they found.
William Penn once observed, �Equivocation is half way to Lying, as Lying, the whole way to Hell.� I would add that the road to Hell is not paved with good intentions as suggested, but by self serving, manipulative and duplicitous lies.
Peter Lance has written two books about 9/11 (Cover Up/What the Government is Still Hiding About the War on Terrorism and 1,000 Years for Revenge) and has done a lot of the heavy lifting on what led to the epic tragedy. Lance is not the Lone Ranger; Google will give you about 4,000 links to 9/11 books (I've only ready about 20 of them). The information is available. The 9/11 Commission did an incomplete, edited and sanitized report that was designed from the jump not to reveal the truth but to spin.
Once upon a time, 'the official government story' would have been accepted as the end. As I have frequently observed the 'official government story of", the sinking of the Lusitania, Pearl Harbor, JFK, James Forestalls alleged suicide, Vince Foster, the Branch Davidians and more all fail to bear scrutiny.
However, today we have 'new media', 24/7 cable news, talk radio, the Internet, and a plethora of information venues. Frankly, the influx of information is both a blessing and a curse. We all suffer from information overload and lack of adequate triage to separate the wheat from the chaff, and the fact from the fiction.
The 9/11 Commission was doomed from the jump. Their efforts to �not cast blame� beg the questions of how we can correct errors if we do not acknowledge the errors. It was a fool�s errand and it has both tainted the work product and bit them in the butt.
Weldon claims the truth will come out in hearings. Don't hold your breath! 'Some' of the truth may come out...most will be obfuscated and sandbagged.
This is not (and should not) be a partisan issue. Sure, the Clinton administration monumentally soiled the sheets. However, there is more than enough fault and blame to spread around all partisan corners. Bush 41 AND Bush 43 also are culpable for the environment in which the 9/11 failures resulted. Metcalf bromide #1: "It is not a question of WHO is right or wrong but WHAT is right or wrong that counts..."
The presence of Jamie Gorelick and Dietrich Dieter Snell on the wrong side of the witness table remains a huge "WHAT the &*%!?"
Weldon reportedly is p.o.-ed. GOOD! Welcome to the club Curt.
The horrific deaths of thousands of innocent Americans rip the fabric of the republic, yet remarkably� bureaucratic territorial imperatives, politics and careerism have become impediments to the truth? Talk about gagging maggots....
Perhaps instead of Congress Critters conducting the hearings we should call on a selection of authors and investigative reporters? Give subpoena power to Peter Lance, Dave Bossie, and even Seymour Hersh...then 'Katie Bar the Door'.
that great scene at the end of �A Few Good Men�? Navy LT Kaffe (Tom Cruise)
is questioning Marine Colonel Jessep (Jack Nicholson):
Most American's (most honest Americans) don't give a rat�s derriere about WHO mucked things up to enable 9/11.
We try to teach our children that there are consequences in life�good acts are rewarded, bad acts are punished. A dog gets a pat on the head and a hearty �good dog� when they perform well and a rolled up newspaper wack on the nose when they are a �bad dog�.
Hey, it works with kids and pets�why not try it with those allegedly representing our best interests and entrusted with our national security?
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The horrific deaths of thousands of innocent Americans rip the fabric of the republic, yet remarkably� bureaucratic territorial imperatives, politics and careerism have become impediments to the truth?