Well, as soon as I come to the conclusion that the 9/11 commission has begun to win the trust and respect of America, here comes the New York Post with a somewhat different opinion, articulated in an editorial on its front page:
The national 9/11 commission has been hijacked by political shills -- men and women eager to subordinate truth to partisan advantage; who hold a transitory victory on Election Day more dear than American victory in the war on terror.
Tawdry ambition has eclipsed sacred duty; all Americans are diminished, but none more than the families of the 9/11 victims -- who expect better from the commission, and certainly deserve it.
Unless it is the thousands of young Americans now under arms in Iraq and elsewhere; their bravery and devotion to duty is inspirational. How shameful that the commission attack dogs hold their sacrifices so cheaply.
And John F. Kerry, who presumes to the presidency, acquiesces. What a disgrace....
Yeah, Kerry too. It's all one Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy.
The facts don't matter to the Post, by the way:
Yesterday, Democratic shills Richard Ben-Veniste and Bob Kerrey hectored Attorney General John Ashcroft. They implied he was a coward for travelling on government aircraft at a time of heightened pre-9/11 security - if not, in fact, a scoundrel in possession of advance notice of the attack.
Here's a transcript of the questioning of Ashcroft. Kerry says nothing about Ashcroft's decision not to fly commercial. And here's Ben-Veniste's one question on the subject:
Let me ask you, as my time is expiring, one question, which has been frequently put to members of this commission; probably all of us have heard this one way or another.
And we are mindful that part of the problem with the Warren commission's work on the Kennedy assassination was the failure to address certain theories that were extant and questions and much of the work was done behind closed doors. So I would like to provide you with the opportunity to answer one question that has come up repeatedly.
At some point in the spring or summer of 2001, around the time of this heightened threat alert, you apparently began to use a private chartered jet plane, changing from your use of commercial aircraft on grounds, our staff is informed, of an FBI threat assessment. And, indeed, as you told us, on September 11th itself you were on a chartered jet at the time of the attack.
Can you supply the details, sir, regarding the threat which caused you to change from commercial to private leased jet?
Ashcroft replied, and Ben-Veniste said,
I'm pleased to have been able to give you the opportunity to clarify that issue for all who have written to this commission and communicated in other ways about their questions about that, sir.
To the Post, this is "hector[ing]." This is "impl[ying Ashcroft] was a coward ... if not, in fact, a scoundrel."