Tuesday, March 30, 2004

WASHINGTON - In a reversal, President Bush said Tuesday that he had agreed to allow his national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify in public and under oath before the Sept. 11 commission to give the nation “a complete picture” of events leading up to the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Bush said he and Vice President Dick Cheney also agreed to meet together with the full panel in private, abandoning their earlier insistence that they would meet only with the commission’s chairman and vice chairman.

“This commission has been charged with a crucial task,” Bush told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “To prevent future attacks, we must understand the tactics of our enemies.”

In a letter to the panel, the White House sought written assurances that Rice’s testimony would set no precedent and that no more public testimony from any White House official would be requested.

The commission accepted the terms, saying in its response that “Dr. Rice’s appearance before the Commission is in response to the special circumstances presented by the events of September 11 and the Commission’s unique mandate.”

Read the last 'graph, there. The spin is beginning and shortly before the election this issue (if the public hasn't managed to forget it by then) will be touted by Jr's handlers as just one more shining example of the White House's love of clarity and openess. Keep yer eyes open for that one.

Also, Condy: You cowardly asshole, you pointless powermonger, you rich piece of shit, how dare you act as though you're too important to answer to the representatives of the American people. How dare you pretend to give a single solitary fuck about our security, how dare you go on every talk show in America to discredit Richard Clarke but dodge people asking simple questions. Fuck you, fuck you & fuck you, you token, sellout asshole.

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