For all of the hype that has surrounded last week’s presentation of the leadup to 9/11, it’s amazing what was being said, done, and edited before this mini-series was shown. Certianly there was a lot at stake– part of the whole point of terror attacks is that the targets need to be in the dark that they are going to happen for maximum impact. Any reasonable person could assume that to some extent (regardless of all the talks of memos that we understood after the event, those taking pilot lessons, etc.) the government was taken by surprise because they had not experienced something like that before and that they weren’t looking for an attack on our soil.
So, then, why was it so important that Sandy Berger shove documents from the National Archives down his pants and then snip them up with scissors at his house? Maggie Gallagher wants to know, and I do too, what was the content of those documents that someone of Berger’s stature would do such a thing. It happened during the 9/11 committee’s investigation, so there was no doubt that they were related. Was there more going on there than just acceptable surprise by the terrorist?
I’m no conspiracy theorist by any means, but with all that’s floating around about Bush planning 9/11 one wonders why they aren’t going back further to the Clinton Administration with their theories. After all, Bush had only been president for 9 months, and the plans for this attack went much further. Certainly, if you’re one that likes tales, I’m sure Mr. Burger could tell you one. The question is, what would that story sound like and when it comes out, what will it do to the Clinton (or Bush) administrations?