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  •  Investigation or Truth Comission or Something (16+ / 0-)

    I think it is shamefully irresponsible that there has been no effort to present the public with the truth of how and why we started a war in Iraq.

    Of course the truth of how and why we started a war in Iraq is so stinkinkly awful that no government official wants to say it out loud.

    But without such a public airing of our dirty linen, we only allow future administrations to do something equally awful.  The lesson learned by the next generation of leaders is that there will be no consequences for screwing up.  (The argument has been made that failure to punish the Reagan administration for Iran-Contra showed the Bush people they were safe to go adventuring in Iraq.)

    A public hearing or truth commission is needed, and I fault the Obama administration for not doing this.  Yes, the Obama administration has enough big problems to deal with, and yes, the Obama administration would be accused of a partisan attack for political purposes.

    A public hearing or truth commission would be a difficult, tho' courageous and necessary step toward better government in the future.

    In addition to being failed by our past leaders for creating the war, we are being failed by our current leaders for allowing those past problems to go unaddressed.  

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

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    •  Eichenwald raised several new revelations 11 years (10+ / 0-)

      after the fact.   I don't know how many $ and how many man hours were invested in preparing for and conducting the 2004 hearings.  I do know that the context that made the 8/6/01 PDB even more egregious did not come up.

      Condi R was able deflect criticism at those hearings b/c the context in which the PDB was written was not publicly disclosed.   She presumably knew about the other information cited by Eichenwald, but she was able to pretend it wasn't existed.  Anyone who "couldn't have predicted" an attack by OBL on US territory had no business pushing paper in an obscure NSA office, much less running the Agency.

      Using a colossal F up as the basis for expanding executive power in ways Nixon never dreamed of is like Wall Street using an equally colossal F up as the basis for TBTF and massive bailouts.

      Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

      by RFK Lives on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:00:42 AM PDT

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      •  It may have been discussed in secret/ (0+ / 0-)

        classified executive sessions? Weren't there some of those?

        I had been wondering if the previous warnings had been discussed at those hearings. You are saying was not disclosed to public. How could they get away with that?

        "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

        by Gorette on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 11:46:15 AM PDT

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      •  And the expansion continues unabated (1+ / 0-)
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        to this day in executive powers.

        American Television is a vast sea of stupid. -xxdr zombiexx

        by glitterscale on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 05:00:06 PM PDT

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