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March 28, 2004

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From the prepared text of March 26, 2004 statements by Senator Bill Frist in response to allegations by Richard A. Clarke:

Every one of us who served in government before and at the time of the 9-11 attacks also has the responsibility to do our best to avoid any such tragedy in the future. If we are to learn lasting lessons from the examination of the 9-11 attacks, it must be toward this end, not an exercise in finger pointing, blame shifting or political score settling.

From "9/11 Panel Provokes a Discussion the White House Hoped to Avoid", by David Johnston and Adam Nagourney, The New York Times, March 28, 2004:

...Mr. Bush's aides hope to shift any blame about security shortcomings to the Clinton administration, arguing that the Bush administration was hardly alone in underestimating the potential threat of a domestic terrorist attack and that Mr. Clinton had no success in eliminating Al Qaeda.
The White House strategy also involves what officials said would be a continued effort to discredit Mr. Clarke and to confuse the dispute with a battery of accusations and counteraccusations intended to increasingly make this dispute appear to be a partisan fight between Republicans and Democrats.
Posted by Brenden at March 28, 2004 9:32 PM


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