April 22, 2009

Who Could Have Guessed?

Pass me a glass of water, Mildred. NYT think Zelikow is a good guy. I guess he should have demanded decent information for his 911 Commission too, hunh???

In Adopting Harsh Tactics, No Inquiry Into Their Past Use - NYTimes.com
Today, asked how it happened, Bush administration officials are finger-pointing. Some blame the C.I.A., while some former agency officials blame the Justice Department or the White House.

Philip D. Zelikow, who worked on interrogation issues as counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2005 and 2006, said the flawed decision-making badly served Mr. Bush and the country.

“Competent staff work could have quickly canvassed relevant history, insights from the best law enforcement and military interrogators, and lessons from the painful British and Israeli experience,” Mr. Zelikow said. “Especially in a time of great stress, walking into this minefield, the president was entitled to get the most thoughtful and searching analysis our government could muster.”

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