Why didn’t Condi Rice, even after 9-11, know things — about al-Qaeda’s use of airplanes as missles, for exampel — that were in the daily newspapers? Perhaps an expert on Soviet civilian-military relations might not be the optimal National Security Adviser for the current moment.
Dan at Contrapositive wants to know why Condi Rice wasn’t aware, even after 9-11, about systematic al-Qaeda efforts to use airplaines as missles: intelligence that had appeared in several newspapers.
Seems like a fair question to me: one that Rice ought to answer under oath.
Maybe Brad DeLong and Matt Yglesias are right: an expert on Soviet civilian-military relations might be a less than optimal choice as National Security Adviser.