Don’t Believe the Headline: 9/11 Commission Still Spineless

Oh, it's a nice headline in the New York Times: 9/11 Panel Rejects White House Limits on Interviews. Sure sounds like the commission found its spine at last, and won't accept the absurd one-hour limit (and chairs only, no members present, please) that Bush-Cheney invented to neuter the commission's investigation.

But read past the headline and the truth emerges. First, no Republicans are quoted; as the commission is split 50/50, that means that there isn't yet a majority to do anything forceful.

Plus, on background, the Republicans as signalling that they plan to cave in:

Commission officials said that if the White House continued to insist on limitations on the interviews with Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, there might be little that the panel could do to force the issue and that the commission might have to accept the White House's terms.

And they said that despite internal conversation about the possibility of issuing a subpoena for Ms. Rice's public testimony, that move was unlikely.

Some spine, eh?

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