Henry Sez, “Trust Me”

OK, this is more than a little unbelievable.

As you may know, many people have been calling for a thorough investigation of the circumstances that led to our disastrous unpreparedness for the 9/11 attacks. And as you may also know, President Bush has been fighting tooth and nail to keep such an investigation from happening. But, in the end, he bowed to the pressure and agreed to let it go forward.

In fact, he just appointed the chair of the investigative commission — none other than
Henry Kissinger!

Is Bush joking? Henry freaking Kissinger? Henry “Secret War in Cambodia” Kissinger? Henry “Sure, Let’s Prop Up the Brutal Pinochet Regime” Kissinger? Henry “Thumbs Up to Genocide in East Timor” Kissinger?

Henry “Saudi Arabia is Our Friend” Kissinger?

Like I said, is Bush kidding? Or is this just his way of expressing his contempt for the whole idea of an investigation? Either way, it reeks of cynicism and is an insult to the memories of all those who died on 9/11. Those honored dead deserve a full and fair accounting of the bungling and mistakes that led us to chase ephemeral enemies while al Qaeda plotted in our midst. And if anyone is more likely to taint such an accounting with his mere presence than Henry Kissinger is, I can’t think of him. Shame on you, Mr. President, and shame on you too, Mr. Kissinger.