The witch-hunters really shifted into high gear in pursuit of an August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing (PDB), which supposedly warned of Osama bin Laden's plan to hijack U.S. passenger planes, as if were a blueprint for the 9-11 attacks. But it was nothing of the kind.
The PDB didn't warn of the possibility of the planes being flown into buildings, nor predict that terrorists would use boxcutters. Indeed, as Mark Levin cogently demonstrates in an article for National Review Online, the PDB, as a predictor of the actual attacks, was so inaccurate that any action taken on it would have been of doubtful benefit.
The release of the PDB validates Ms. Rice's position that it was not specific enough to be actionable -- but you'd never know it if you rely on the partisan media for your news.
But this past weekend the partisan media outdid itself by further sensationalizing the terrorist-spawned violence in Iraq to prove the Bush Administration is mishandling the War on Terror.
Let me just give you a few of the examples of feigned media hysteria last weekend (bam, bam, bam):
-- The Associated Press reported, "Concern Mounts Over Growing Unrest in Iraq";
-- Newsweek's Eleanor Clift wrote, "No Apologies, Condi never expressed remorse during her 9/11 testimony. And Bush can't bring himself to admit he was wrong about Iraq. Welcome to a quagmire";
-- CNN's Bill Schneider argued that the August 6 PDB "could be seriously damaging" to the administration;
-- In its Saturday edition alone, the New York Times launched a feverish attack with these "news" stories: "Bush Was Warned of Possible Attack in U.S., Official Says," "Kerry Says Policy in Iraq Compromises U.S. Safety," "When U.S Aided Insurgents, Did it Breed Future Terrorists?" "Sony Pictures Buys Richard Clarke's Book for the Screen." And from the Times editorial page, "A Spanish Lesson," by Nicholas Kristof, arguing that "anti-Americanism is widespread around the globe and it will be one of President Bush's most important legacies;" and an op-ed by Yitzhak Nakash, "In Iraq, Give Peace a Chance."
Yes, we're definitely in the throes of a war, both abroad and at home.