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Bush Understood Threat Posed by Al Qaeda, Rice Tells Panel

President Bush understood the deadly threat posed by Al Qaeda terrorists from his very first days in office, the president’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, testified today. In her long-awaited appearance before the bipartisan commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, Ms. Rice said Mr. Bush “understood the threat, and he understood its importance.” In hindsight, some things are so easy to see, Ms. Rice said in a calm, businesslike tone with many survivors of the Sept. 11 attacks looking on. “The terrorists were at war with us, but we were not yet at war with them,” she said, likening America’s attitude before Sept. 11, 2001, to its collective mood before the torpedoing of the Lusitania in 1915 and the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Full Story

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