Tactics and Substance in the 2004 Elections GoogleNews: Howard Dean

April 28, 2004

by V

Bush and the Commission

Very nice summary of the relationship between Bush and the 9/11 Commission so far (via Calpundit/WM):

the road to surfdom: Here Comes the Sun-King
  • He tried to block the formation of the commission
  • Failing, he then appointed a patsy chairman, Henry Kissinger
  • Then he refused to testify
  • And he blocked them from getting key documents
  • Then he agreed to talk with them
  • But not under oath
  • And only for an hour
  • And only with the chair and deputy chair
  • And then he insisted on having Cheney go with him
  • And agreed to a single notetaker
  • Then he refused to grant the commission a time extension
  • Then he tried to stop Rice testifying
  • And he blocked the release of papers from the Clinton era
  • Then tried to stop the August 6, 2001 PDB being released
  • Then he flip-flopped on the extension, Rice testifying, the Clinton papers and the PDB
  • Then he ran ads saying Kerry was a flip-flopper
  • Then he changed his mind about the notetaker
  • And then he decided to have his legal counsel along
Query: Did Bush actually relent on the Clinton-era documents?

I thought they said a lot of relenting-sounding things, but in the end they only let a few more documents be seen by the committee (and not for long, at that). If anyone knows/remembers, feel free to speak up.

One more thing: the 'Sun-King' references people keep applying to Bush? Kind of obscure; and by 'obscure', I mean 'not likely to be effective'.
Posted by V at April 28, 2004 02:31 PM

Plus, the Sun-King bit presumes Dubya is an effective and capable head of state. I prefer the Dauphin.

Posted by: Kevin at April 28, 2004 06:12 PM

Recommended Reading:

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir
The Politics of Truth... A Diplomat's Memoir

Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush
Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush

Against All Enemies by Richard Clarke
Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror

LIES by Al Franken
Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right

The Great Unraveling
The Great Unraveling

The Great Big Book of Tomorrow
The Great Big Book of Tomorrow

Clinton Wars
The Clinton Wars

Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative

Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo, and the Future of Combat

Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture

Living History

The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

John Adams

Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation

Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace

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