Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright both appeared before the 9-11 Commission on Tuesday and defended their adminstration’s responses to the threat posed by Al Qaeda. Powell explained that he and Condoleezza Rice had met and discussed the Al Qaeda issue during the first days of the Bush tenure. “We wanted to move beyond the roll-back policy of containment, criminal prosecution and limited retaliation for specific terrorist attacks. We wanted to destroy al Qaeda.” Will these hearings prove to be a valuable exercise in developing new and better strategies in the war on terror, or will they simply be the new low point in a political dialogue increasingly infused with contempt, cynicism, paranoia and outright hate?
Here’s an update: No one did a good enough job dealing with Al Qaeda prior to 9-11.