Lots of reaction around the blogosphere to yesterday’s release of the August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief: Steven Taylor (here, here, and here), Dean Esmay, Scott Ott, Rob Tagorda, Steve Verdon, Chris Lawrence, Ogged, Paul, and Kevin Drum.
Steven also observes the power of headlines: “If the PDB had a less provocative (especially in retrospect) title, i.e., ‘Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.’ would the critics be as able to interpret the contents as they have?”
The pithiest comes from Jeff Jarvis: “I’m no Bushie but I’m sick of the attempt to find an enemy within with the enemy is clearly without.”
Indeed. Which is why I opposed the creation of the commission in the first place. These things invariably become finger-pointing, ass covering exercises despite the theoretical objective of discovering what went wrong so as to fix the process. They’re never very helpful, which is doubly true during a presidential election year. And they’re downright unhelpful when there’s a war on.