Sunday, April 18, 2004

Let's play "Liar or Incompetent Moron?"
Our subject today is Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says former Bush counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke’s testimony before a joint congressional panel on the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks did not contradict his later testimony before a presidentially appointed commission.
He wished that Frist had consulted with him before making his floor statement.(Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)

After Clarke testified publicly before the Sept. 11 commission chaired by former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, Frist urged on the Senate floor for Clarke’s 2002 testimony before the Congressional joint inquiry to be declassified.

Frist said Clarke had earlier been “effusive in his praise for the actions of the Bush Administration. It is my hope that we will be able to get that testimony declassified.”

Frist went on to say “Mr. Clarke has told two entirely different stories under oath. In July 2002, in front of the congressional joint inquiry on the Sept.11 attacks, Mr. Clarke testified under oath that the administration actively sought to address the threat posed by al Qaeda during its first seven months in office.

“It is one thing for Mr. Clarke to dissemble in front of the media. But if he lied under oath to the United States Congress it is a far more serious matter.”

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)......added that Frist’s condemnation of Clarke was excessive and out of character for the leader. “It’s like he was handed a script from the White House,” Durbin said.

When asked if he based his floor criticisms on a transcript of Clarke’s 2002 closed-door testimony and drew his own conclusions from that transcript, Frist said that he had.

OK contestants, it's time to write down your answers. Is Bill Frist a (big fat) Liar or a (rode the little bus) moron?

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