Saturday, April 10, 2004

An Alternate History

A relative of mine has always been a yellow-dog Democrat through thick and thin. He's even more argumentative than I am, if you can believe that. And even he grows tired of defending that abomination the Democrats have become.

Yep, now the Dems are bound and determined to declassify the President's Daily Briefing (PDB) document dated August 6, 2001, hoping that it causes problems for President Bush. Does anyone still believe that anything will satisfy the Democrats before GW Bush leaves office?

Well, what could be on such a document that the public shouldn't know about? Think about it. Using passenger planes like cruise missiles was unprecedented, and the possibility likely would only come up for discussion in a context of brainstorming in which any number of alternative, highly unorthodox types of attacks would be considered also. That's the kind of thing that I'm willing to keep sealed - let the bastards do their own thinking.

But the Dems are casting this as if anything withheld must be damning. At the same time, does anyone who's seen them operate doubt that if they don't find anything that affects President Bush's numbers, they'll turn around and accuse him of compromising national security for his own selfish purposes?

Greg Easterbrook proposes a scenario in which President Bush took action the day after he read the PDB, and what would follow here and abroad. IMO he has it exactly right, except for the implicit assumption that it would have prevented 9/11. Not only might it have happened anyway, but if it had, then Dems might even have sounded reasonable when they inevitably blamed it on President Bush.

Thanks to Baldilocks for the link.

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