The Nossiter Net
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Edited, Written, and Published by J.C. Nossiter
The Morning Mendacity
Monday, August 9th, 2004
The Nossiter Net is cast  to snare some of  the riper rascalities of the day.  Comments?
The 9/11 Commission Report is a national bestseller, with uniformly good reviews for content and style.  That the report is also a whitewash has gone largely unremarked.  Ignore the way it fails to take the Bush administration properly to task for disregarding the warnings of its own intelligence analysts, for focusing on non-problems like Chinese missile attacks (and related non-solutions like SDI), for obsessing about non-issues like pornography and abortion, for being headed by a chief executive who spent forty percent of his time on vacation. Skip the way it glosses over the catastrophic failure of coordination and leadership at NORAD and the FAA on the day of the attacks.

Because the administration performed more incompetently after 9/11 than it did during and before.  The invasion of Iraq has done nothing to help us and everything to hurt us, and the 9/11 Commission report is largely mum on the subject.  In a chapter called “Phase Two and the Question of Iraq”, the report takes us through an account, familiar to those who’ve read Richard Clarke’s book, of how President Bush sought information about an Iraq - 9/11 link in the wake of the attacks.  The report states that on September 18th, Mr. Clarke’s office sent a memo to National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice that “found no ‘compelling case’ that Iraq had either planned or perpetrated the attacks.”  The memo also argued that the evidence for links between Iraq and Al Qaeda was weak;  after all, Bin Ladin “resented the secularism of Saddam Hussein’s regime.”

And that’s where the 9/11 Commission report leaves us.  After concluding that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11 or Al Qaeda, the report has nothing to say about President Bush’s $140 billion dollar Mesopotamian excursion, which has diverted vital resources from the real fight, which has killed or maimed thousands of Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis.  That is why the 9/11 Commission Report is a whitewash.

Read it yourself at   For the latest US casualty figures in Iraq, now at 967 dead and 6,568  wounded, visit

The Afternoon Affront

NPR’s Weekend Edition reports that Prime Minister Ayad Allawi of Iraq has closed the Baghdad office of Al Jazeera because of the network’s inflammatory and inaccurate news coverage.  By those criteria, Fox News (?) should certainly be shut down as well.

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