Pay No Attention To The PDB Behind The Curtain
One thing that has really bothered me about all this 9/11 stuff is that the administration just acts like it has something to hide. Maybe it's not fair, but that's what it feels like to me. So I'm glad they're finally going to declassify the now famous August 6th Presidential Daily Brief
. Not that it will answer all the questions, but it's one more piece of the puzzle.
Bush has made 9/11 and the "war" on terror the centerpiece of his campaign: the "Safer, Stronger" ad being exhibit A, the GOP convention in NYC just before the anniversay being exhibit B. Yet he resisted the formation of the 9/11 commission, has stonewalled the panel every step of the way, attacked Richard Clarke's character to stifle his criticism, etc.
If Bush wants to use 9/11 as part of his campaign, that's fine with me. However, he's also got to accept responsibility for what led up to the attacks and acknowledge that there are legitimate disagreements on how to defend our nation from future incidents. Most importantly, the administration absolutely need to be much more transparent to the American people. You can't wrap yourself in 9/11 and then throw up barriers to our understanding this tragic event.