coalkirk wrote:Morning Devil,
I think I'd fire up that Harman if it's in the 30's. We're supposed to get down in the 30's at night early next week and I'm planning to fire the hand fired stove just to keep the edge off.
Well I guess it;'s just that Clinton had 8 years, with mounting evidence and actual attacks. Bush only had 7 months in office prior to the big attack. I don't blame either of them. The system was screwed up. The CIA and the FBI wouldn't talk to each other. The culture in the FBI wasn't conducive to information making it up the chain. Infiltrating Bin Ladens organization was and is all but impossible. In hind sight, it's easy to see the big ppicture but prior to 9/11 if someone had said terrorsts were going to hi-jack planes and fly them into buildings, no one would have listened. It was unprecedented and unthinkable. now we should be expecting anything and everything. For instance, there's now "chatter" about a new attack here in intelligence circles. Oh boy. can't wait. Better stock up on provisions.
They are forecasting a cool snap here for early next week & I'm trying to decide if I want to start up the Harman again or just run the evil gas furnace a few minutes a day, & wear sweatshirts!
(I got the new wall thimble yesterday but wont hook that up until the fall. (It's just sheet metal & I'm afraid the humidity will start rust)
I agree with you about Clinton having more time to discover the 9/11 plot than GW, but that doesn't absolve GW from sharing responsibility & Clinton is gone....... but GW is still sitting at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The 9/11 plot was coming to a head with much more open activity on GW's watch than on Clinton's, so he bears the ultimate responsibility, in my view. In any case, GW always is referred to as an innocent "victim" in this case, which is simply not the case.
As far as this comment: ...."The system was screwed up. The CIA and the FBI wouldn't talk to each other."....I agree but don't believe things will ever really
change. Having worked for the Justice Dept for many years, there is an almost insurmountable rivalry between federal laws enforcement agencies that no law or Executive Order will ever be able to really penetrate. Careers, paths to advancement, etc are very powerful drawbacks to true inter-agency cooperation. (Things look great on government flow charts & visual aids displayed at Congressional hearings........ but they don't ever reflect the real truth)
Back in 1974 when I was going through DEA's Basic Agent Training course (BA4) there were 3 CIA Agents 2 classes behind me in BA-6, being trained as DEA Agents so they could use that as cover in overseas assignments. (This info has been publicly available for years, btw...so I am not giving up any still classified info here) To make a long story short, they (CIA Agents) were hated
by our instructors as they wouldn't do any of the PT or participate in any field training! They all had "chips on their shoulder" & were rushed through training as fast as possible.....In many ways, trying to get all federal agents to "work well together" would be like any President writing an Executive Order requiring cats & dogs to share food happily, & expecting it to really happen.