Since You Want to Assign Blame

Dear San Francisco Chronicle,

In your lead front-page story, (Sept.19 “Spy agencies ignored many ominous signs…”) and in the following day’s lead editorial, “Our pathetic spy game,” you fail to lay the blame where it truly belongs, not on an agency or agencies, but on the political party, and all its allies, who for nearly a half century, have held it axiomatic that our intelligence industry must be held in check and monitored with suspicion. Through Church Committee resolutions of the 70s and a thousand other cuts leading up to the present day, they rendered the CIA and FBI so impotent that a rag tag band of murderers were able to take down the Trade Towers and kill 3,000 Americans.

Before assigning blame, consider some introspection and imagine the conclusions the Chronicle editors would have appended to this story if Richard Nixon, or Howard Baker, or Ronald Reagan, had vowed to “…dismantle every intelligence agency in the country, piece by piece, brick by brick.” If your archives search doesn’t turn up any stories containing these remarks, they are those of Ron Dellums, former Democrat congressman from Oakland, who issued this vow shortly after the Clinton inauguration in 1993, upon being elected Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee!

No doubt history will record that the American left and its sympathizers, from Church to Dellums to Clinton were responsible for the intelligence failure of 9-11, not simply the agencies they successfully impugned.

Larry Kelley

NOTE: Letter to the San Francisco Chronicle

By | 2016-04-30T12:38:03-07:00 September 19th, 2001|California, San Francisco Chronicle, US History|Comments Off on Since You Want to Assign Blame

About the Author:

Larry Kelley’s life was utterly changed by 9/11. On the day after the attacks, on his way to work, he was struck by the sudden realization that World War III had commenced. Like most Americans he desperately wanted to find out who were these people who attacked us, what could ordinary citizens do to join the battle and how can those plotting to kill us in future attacks be defeated. Mr. Kelley has written scores of columns on the dangers of western complacency.