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I normally have to make an effort to steel myself to endure the vaudeville that the 9-11 Commission hearings have become. It has from the start been a flawed vessel, a reality TV farrago focusing on the hindsight burning into its eyes like bright headlamps from behind on a dark highway. The subplot, of course, has been the quasi-sub-rosa efforts of two members, Jamie Gorelick and Richard (“Call Me Pit Bull”) Ben-Veniste, to deflect attention from Clinton administration fecklessness onto the Bush administration, which, because of post-election confusion and confirmation delays, barely had time to become fully operational by 9-11.
My fortitude was rewarded, however, when AG Ashcroft quietly and politely placed a suitcase bomb on the table in front of him and in a most genteel way, calmly reached over, finger extended, and detonated it. No suicide bomber, Mr. Ashcroft had carefully selected an incendiary device designed to disable only the guilty. I hadn’t seen such a priceless moment of hearings theatre since Mr. Butterfield revealed the Nixon tapes at the Watergate hearings.p>How charming it was to see two attack dogs neutered. Ban Veniste’s encounter with the charter aircraft tar baby was indeed icing on the cake. Bravo to you, Mr. Ashcroft. You have done your President, the commission, and the American people a great service. br> — Frank Stevenson br> Williamsburg, Virginia /p> p> Thanks for the article. I didn’t get to watch the testimony, and I try to stay away from the nightly news. But I do read the papers, and didn’t see anything about that memo anywhere. Keep up the good work. br> — Russ Bader br> Lincoln, Nebraska /p>
Bravo, Mr. Ashcroft! Score one for our side.p>Now, if someone could blow Mr. Bum-Veniste out of the water in similar fashion, we might just get somewhere!
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?