Friday, February 1, 2008

The Phillip Zelikow Connection

That PDB in early September 2001 that languished on the dusty desk of George W. whilst he was deservedly enjoying his month-long vacation at the ranch has raised its ugly head once again. The PDB about bin Laden wanting to attack America. That one.

The plot thickens, although the stew is already quite full of bits and pieces that seemingly don't want to congeal. Buzzflash has a commentary about Phillip Zelikow. They say that Zelikow was,chosen to be the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, but he was actually one of the key people who set up the flawed national security apparatus under Condoleezza Rice.

Hmm. Red flags anybody?

Buzzflash continues:

According to ABC News, when "9/11 Commission co-chairs Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton hired former Condoleezza Rice aide Philip Zelikow to be executive director, Zelikow failed to tell them about his role helping Rice set up President George W. Bush's National Security Council in early 2001 -- and that he was 'instrumental' in demoting Richard Clarke, the one-time White House counterterrorism czar who was fixated on the threat from Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda."

Interestingly, the Wikipedia entry for Zelikow, it says:

In 2002 Zelikow made remarks interpreted as alleging that the United States entered the Iraq War to protect Israel, when he said:

"Why would Iraq attack America or use nuclear weapons against us? I'll tell you what I think the real threat (is) and actually has been since 1990 -- it's the threat against Israel,"
"And this is the threat that dare not speak its name, because the Europeans don't care deeply about that threat, I will tell you frankly. And the American government doesn't want to lean too hard on it rhetorically, because it is not a popular sell."

A good detective would have lots of notes in his book right now and is heading back to the office to connect them together.

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