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  •  I think it's worse than that (4.00)
    First of all, Condi was the National Security Advisor. I would think that one aspect of their resume which would qualify them for this position was not needing to be told what sorts of things might be of interest to the President in terms of security. Really.

    But as far as Bush shutting himself off from people, I don't think there was anything different about August 2001 from any other time. Bush is a) pretty ignorant, b) incurious, and c) thinks that God'll pass him the necessary information when the time comes. Add to this an NSA who was waiting for a document from the president giving her advice on how to give advice to the president. Add the neo-cons who were pursuing their goals with or without direct support from W. (they had Dick, the real president, anyway). Add to this Karl's strategy of keeping W. as ignorant as possible. We wouldn't want him to look disingenuous when he explained that "if I had known something, I would have acted upon it." And I truly believe he thinks his ignorance on this point is virtuous.

    "...there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Hamlet, Act II, Scene ii.

    by thingamabob on Fri Feb 11, 2005 at 06:29:47 AM PST

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