Saturday, September 02, 2006


Fact, Fiction, and Fuckup

Well, we're soon approaching the five-year anniversary of 9/11. A time to remember the dead, but also to ask why they died. Who was asleep at the switch? Why did this have to happen? Luckily, ABC is answering all our questions with a docudrama called The Path to 9/11. Hopefully, this will put the blame where it belongs and--

Oh. Well, it looks like the documentary is going to place a lot of blame at the feet of Clinton and Albright. Well, that's fair. I can see how one might argue how Clinton, although he did quite quite a bit, didn't bite bin Laden in the ass when he had the chance. Hopefully, however, the film will also reflect that most of the evidence came in on Bush's shift and--

Condoleezza Rice gets that fated memo about planes flying into buildings, and makes it very clear to anyone who’ll listen just how concerned President Bush is about these terrorist threats — despite the fact that we’re given little concrete evidence of the president’s concern or interest in taking action.


I'm sorry, would this be the same Condoleeza Rice who referred to a memo titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States" as "historical"? Or the same Bush who allegedly told a staffer who told him about said memo that he'd "covered his ass now"? This doesn't exactly scream historical accuracy.

Already ABC is trying to cover its ass, saying that it's not a documentary and that there will be plenty of bashing of both sides in the second part. I'm not buying it. This show's being pitched as "based on the 9/11 Commission Report" (y'know, the same commission that Bush opposed). You want fiction, you sell it as fiction. You do not slander a deeply investigated record of government fuckups by attaching it to a movie that plays fast and loose with the facts, and which makes DC 9/11 look like JFK.

Is this the truth you want, America? Because this is what's being pitched right down your throat.

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