November 12, 2004

Whitewash as Public Service

Benjamin DeMott in October's Harper's:

The 9/11 Commission Report, despite the vast quantity of labor behind it, is a cheat and a fraud. It stands as a series of evasive maneuvers that infantilize the audience, transform candor into iniquity, and conceal realities that demand immediate inspection and confrontation. Because it is continuously engaged in scotching all attempts to distinguish better from worse leadership responses, the Commission canít discharge its duty to educate the audience about the habits of mind and temperament essential in those chosen to discharge command responsibility during crises.
(read the whole thing)

Posted by oook at November 12, 2004 06:17 AM