2004-03-24

9-11-Aufkl�rung: Viel Gerede, wenig Ergebnisse

--- Die "Wahrheitskommission" zur Aufkl�rung der politischen Hintergr�nde des 11. Septembers im Wei�en Haus hat laut New York Times bisher nur gegenseitige Vorw�rfe und Eingest�ndnisse zwischen Mitgliedern der Clinton- und der Bush-Administration hervorgebracht: The setting was a nondescript Senate hearing room, but the scene was as singular as democracy itself: successive secretaries of state and defense with more than 14 years' combined service across Democratic and Republican presidencies being questioned by a bipartisan citizens' commission of familiar faces. Yes, election-year politics crackled in the air. Yes, Republican panel members prodded and scolded Bill Clinton's cabinet members, and Democrats did the same to President Bush's. But the secretaries themselves often agreed with one other, regardless of party, and their public presence was a powerful sign that terrorism transcends politics � and that blame abounds for failing to fully face the threat in time. Es wird schwierig sein zu kl�ren, ob die al-Qaeda-Gefahr in den USA verschlafen, nicht gesehen, in Kauf genommen oder gar sehenden Auges zugelassen wurde. Verschw�rungstheoretiker kriegen anscheinend weiter ihre Chance. Etwas pointierter sieht die Washington Post die Vernehmungsrunde: The commission investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks issued a stinging condemnation yesterday of the U.S. government's failed hunt for Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda terrorist network, finding that both the Clinton and Bush administrations focused too heavily on diplomacy that did not work and were reluctant to consider aggressive military action.

Update: Mehr zum "Versage-Tribunal" unter anderem bei Spiegel Online. Und nat�rlich gehen die Washingtoner Aufkl�rungsversuche auch nicht ohne einen Kommentar von Mathias Br�ckers ab.

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