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A Humble Observation
This movie, “The Path to 9/11,” is absolutely devastating to the Clinton Administration. To Sandy Berger’s obsession with C’ing his A, Albright’s doe-eyed statecraft, and the entire mentality of fighting terrorism as a matter of law enforcement. Utterly devastating. And very little of the plot has been left to the imagination, because these people and the decisions they made are, of course, matters of public record. The good news for the Left is that the strategic/political decisions which actually do represent “the road to September 11” take place about two hours in. The shaky camera movements and dutch angles have zombified viewers by then.
UPDATE: Evidently the most outrageous part hasn’t even aired yet. It seems that the movie presents a scene in which CIA operatives are in a position to nab bin Laden and Sandy Berger explicitly gives a ‘no’ order. To my knowledge, this never happened, although something strategically synonymous did. Clinton was offered bin Laden by the Sudan. Tried to get the Saudis to take him. They wouldn’t. Deal fell to Clinton. Said no. And the other element—CIA targeting of bin Laden—is also true. We have the tapes. So, no, it didn’t happen with the same words and pictures shown in this ABC Miniseries. But that doesn’t mean the show isn’t mostly right.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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