Of COURSE Bremer tries to minimize his criticism now -- he's just being a "team player," much as Clarke was when he first testified about 9/11 as part of the Administration.
-- Dave K, Speakeasy Moderator
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STATEMENT BY AMBASSADOR L. PAUL BREMER III
Administrator, Coalition Provisional Authority
May 2, 2004
Ambassador Bremer's Statement on February 2001 comments at the McCormick Foundation regarding the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorism:
"My statement in February 2001 reflected my frustration that in the nine months following the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorism, none had been implemented by the Clinton Administration nor by the newly elected Bush Administration. Criticism of the new Administration, however, was unfair. President Bush had just been sworn into office and could not reasonably be held responsible for the Federal Government's inaction over the preceding 7 months. I regret any suggestion to the contrary. In fact, I have since learned that President Bush had shared some of these frustrations, and had initiated a more direct and comprehensive approach to confronting terrorism consistent with the threats outlined in the National Commission report. I am strongly supportive and grateful for the President's leadership and strategy in combating terrorism and protecting American national security throughout his first term in office."