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Day is Night, Black is White

Earlier this week, I wrote (here, here) about Richard Clarke's apology to the families of 9/11 victims, the first ever by a current or former US official. In the day-is-night, black-is-white world of the current leadership of the US, to apologize for one's part in allowing the worst terrrorist attack in the history of the country is "an act of supreme arrogance." From Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's remarks on Clarke's testimony:

In his appearance before the 9-11 Commission, Mr. Clarke's theatrical apology on behalf of the nation was not his right, his privilege or his responsibility. In my view it was not an act of humility, but an act of supreme arrogance and manipulation. Mr Clarke can and will answer for his own conduct but that is all.
First, Clarke didn't apologize on behalf of the nation; he apologized to the families of 9/11 victims on behalf of himself and of those in government whose job it was to prevent such an attack.

Second, I would ask Dr. Frist, if such an apology "was not his right, his privilege or his responsibility," whose right, privilege, and responsibility was it? And given that it has been two and a half years since 9/11, when, I would ask Dr. Frist, was the person whose right, privilege, and responsibility it was planning on issuing such an apology?

While you're pondering this issue, here's another question: Can anyone name a single person in the Federal government -- just one -- who was fired as a result of 9/11? Between the work of the 9/11 Commission, the indisputed bulk of Clarke's book, and the accounts of others such as Coleen Rowley, we know that many, many mistakes led to 9/11 and the loss of 2,752 lives that day. So can anyone name one person who has lost his or her job in any branch of the Federal government as a result of making one or more of the mistakes that allowed 9/11 to take place?


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