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Saturday, May 18, 2002
 
Much discussion around blogland recently over just how much intelligence Bush received prior to 9/11 and what was done with it. Certainly there should be a full investigation of the performance of the intelligence agencies. Indeed, it's outrageous that this even has to be discussed; a blue ribbon panel and/or Congressional investigation should have opened up somewhere around 9/12. In what has been released so far, I see nothing likely to do any real damage to Bush's reputation. I would like to see a full look at the suggestions that Bush's close ties to the Saudis, including ties of both Bush pere and fils to the Bin Laden clan, discouraged investigations of that angle. Frankly, I don't expect to; that is enough of a hot potato that it is likely to be dismissed in any official report, leaving us wondering if it really was tin-foil hat speculation or the story got whitewashed.

One question that really isn't partisan has been asked far too little: If John Walker Lindh can infiltrate al Qaeda, why can't the CIA?



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