Needed a break. Took one. All better now.
Sometimes, you just don’t have anything to say. Oh, if there’s a deadline you can’t skirt and a paycheck involved, you can always force something. But a blog? I do this for fun. The day it stops being fun, I’ll close up shop.
So what’d I miss? Here’s today’s Big Story:
After years of delay caused by inadequate intelligence, the U.S. government decided just one day before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that it would try to overthrow the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan if a diplomatic push to expel Osama bin Laden from the country failed, the independent panel investigating the attacks reported Tuesday.
The plans were reported in May 2002 by MSNBC.com and NBC News, but the details and precise timing were revealed for the first time in the new report released Tuesday by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
The report alleges that the Clinton and Bush administrations moved slowly against the al-Qaida terror network in the years before the attacks, partly because they lacked detailed intelligence that would have allowed a military strike and partly because they preferred to explore diplomatic alternatives. As a result, bin Laden and other al-Qaida leaders were able to elude capture repeatedly.
If the Bushitler crowd hates the President now, how about if he’d attacked Afghanistan without “provocation?” Somehow, in their minds, the 1993 WTC attack, the African embassy bombings, and the suicide strike on the USS Cole weren’t quite provocative enough. Hell, for some of them, not even 9/11 was enough. Afghanistan, they told us