The commission is investigating the circumstances surrounding the 9/11 attacks.The star witness was Richard Clarke, the president's former counter-terrorism chief whose new book has become a best seller.Clarke appeared under oath before the commission, and apologized to those families of 9/11 victims and its survivors by saying, "Your government failed you, those entrusted with protecting you failed you and I failed you." His testimony and apology touched some and offended others.White House officials, including Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and Colin Powell, all disputed his claims.
Bush of doing a "terrible job" of fighting terrorism. Bush failed to make terrorism "an urgent issue." 2.
It's a big enough issue to talk in public."CONDOLEEZZA RICE: It is an unprecedented event. But this commission is rightly not concentrating on what happened on the day of September 11 ...
So, this is not a matter of what happened on that day, as extraordinary as it is - as it was. And we have yet to find an example of a national security advisor, sitting national security advisor, who has - been willing to testify on matters of policy.
"And Rumsfeld said, 'There aren't any good targets in Afghanistan, and there are lots of good targets in Iraq.' I said, 'Well, there are lots of good targets in lots of places, but Iraq had nothing to do with [the September 11 attacks].'"After O'Neill's book was published, Rumsfeld said the idea that Bush "came into office with a predisposition to invade Iraq, I think, is a total misunderstanding of the situation."Bush administration officials have noted that U. policy dating from the Clinton administration was to seek "regime change" in Iraq, though it focused on funding and training Iraqi opposition groups rather than military force.
It was evident before September 11, 2001, that Iraq was a concern for the Bush administration.