March 26, 2004

Maureen Dowd: White House on amber alert

WASHINGTON As the White House was sliming Richard Clarke, the Sept. 11 families were stroking him. After his testimony Wednesday at the hearings in Washington on the attacks, several relatives of victims surrounded the former counterterrorism chief and reached out to pat him. After being condescended to, stonewalled, led on and put off by the White House, they were glad to hear somebody say: "Those entrusted with protecting you failed you. And I failed you."

"Mr. Clarke is the first person who has apologized to the families and held himself accountable," said Kristen Breitweiser of New Jersey, whose husband died in the south tower.

Posted by gh at March 26, 2004 09:44 AM