“I don’t know that this meeting took place, but what I really don’t know, what I’m quite certain of, is that it was not a meeting in which I was told there was an impending attack and I refused to respond. . . . It kind of doesn’t ring true that you have to shock me into something I was very involved in.”
That’s what Condoleezza Rice told reporters en route to Saudi Arabia, when asked about the briefing she in the actual world of objective reality had on July 10, 2001 with CIA chief George Tenet and Cofer Black, the CIA’s top counterterror official. The one in which they warned of an imminent al-Qaeda attack on the U.S., including a PowerPoint presentation in which the prospects for such an attack were described as a “10 on a scale of 1 to 10.”
Bob Woodward describes the meeting in his new book State of Denial, and the State Department has confirmed that it happened.
As I read Rice’s convoluted comment, the lyrics of Strawberry Fields Forever came to mind.
I think I know I mean, ah yes
The LSD-inspired stream of consciousness lyrics of John Lennon’s masterpiece celebrate the withdrawal from reality: “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see… It doesn’t matter much to me.”
Reality, past present or future, never much mattered to this neocon-driven administration. Woodward’s book just provides further evidence for a state of denial of reality there from the beginning. This deluded, lying, warmongering administration has used 9-11 to try to restructure the whole Middle East by war based on lies. Those with eyes open should help to drive the regime out. Demonstrate October 5!
is a Professor of History, and Adjunct Professor of Comparative
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