The Right Coast

March 28, 2004
The 9-11 Commission
By Mike Rappaport

On my weekend away, I had the opportunity to watch a bit of C-Span's broadcast of the 9-11 Commission hearings. Most of the members of the Commission read like the Ghosts of Government Past, including Thomas H. Kean, Lee H. Hamilton, Fred Fielding, Slade Gorton, Bob Kerrey and John F. Lehman.

And there was Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense from the 1970s testifying before the Commission. Obviously, he could have been on the Commission had God not shined down upon us and allowed him to be our present Defense Secretary. Rumsfeld has more life in him than anyone else in that room, and in my view at least, more knowledge and skill as well.