Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The 9/11 Commission: A Play on Nothing in Three Acts

"A wag once famously said that Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot was a play where nothing happened . . . twice. The two former co-chairmen of the 9-11 commission report, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, have released a new book, 'Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9-11 Commission.' This book goes Beckett one better – it is the third act of veneer over substance, self-aggrandizement over serious analysis, and cliché over perspicacity. It is another calculated attempt by the former commissioners to place themselves in the media spotlight, and to overcome the humiliation of their widely criticized and mostly debunked report. It is a vapid and substanceless attempt to claim moral high ground and present the co-chairmen as heroes of honesty. It would be a farce, except that it has no story line, save the aggrandizement of the authors. At least they are consistent in doing nothing and proclaiming that to be a sign of their devotion to the country and the government. Beckett once said that 'habit is the ballast that chains the dog to its vomit,' and by this measure the chain restraining Kean and Hamilton is a short one indeed."
-- by Sibel Edmonds & Bill Weaver, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition
Read the whole essay here to find out just how much of a whitewash it was.

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