Thursday, April 08, 2004

Clarke Says Rice’s Testimony Bolstered His Claims

In an interview with Peter Jennings after National Security Adviser Dr. Condoleezza Rice's testimony to the 9/11 Commission, Dr. Clarke states:
I think that Dr. Rice's testimony today, and she did a very good job, basically corroborates what I said. She said that the president received 40 warnings face to face from the director of central intelligence that a major al Qaeda attack was going to take place and she admitted that the president did not have a meeting on the subject, did not convene the Cabinet.

She admitted that she didn't convene the Cabinet. And as some of the commissioners pointed out, this was in marked contrast to the way the government operated in December of 1999, when it had similar information and it successfully thwarted attacks.

So I don't see that there are a lot of factual problems with what Dr. Rice said.
The complete transcript is here.


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