John Dean assessment of the 9/11 Report (for what that Report was worth) is good for a look.
* Bush knew about 9/11. CIA briefed him.
* Rice is implicated and will fall on her sword for this and other intelligence failures.
* Bush stonewalling Congress about CIA briefing
sessions, but still allows foreign leaders to sit in on them.
* Commission will pick up where this lets off.
No-one is letting 9/11 drop...
"Bluntly stated, either the Bush White House knew about the potential of terrorists flying airplanes into skyscrapers (notwithstanding their claims
to the contrary), or the CIA failed to give the White House this essential information, which it possessed and provided to others.
Bush is withholding the document that answers this question. Accordingly, it seems more likely that the former possibility is the truth. That is, it
seems very probable that those in the White House knew much more than they have admitted, and they are covering up their failure to take action.
The facts, however, speak for themselves.
Bush's Claim Of Executive Privilege For His Daily Intelligence Briefing
One of the most important sets of documents that the Congressional Inquiry sought was a set of copies of the President's Daily Brief (PDB), which is
prepared each night by the CIA. In the Appendix of the 9/11 Report we learn that on August 12, 2002, after getting nowhere with informal discussions,
Congress formally requested that the Bush White House provide this information.
More specifically, the Joint Inquiry asked about the process by which the Daily Brief is prepared, and sought several specific Daily Brief items. In
particular, it asked for information about the August 6, 2001 Daily Brief relating to Osama Bin Laden's terrorist threats against the United States,
and other Daily Brief items regarding Bin Laden, Al Qaeda, and pre-September 11 terrorism threats.
The Joint Inquiry explained the basis for its request: "the public has a compelling interest ... in understanding how well the Intelligence Community
was performing its principal function of advising the President and NSC of threats to U.S. national security."
In short, the Joint Inquiry wanted to see the records. Bush's public assertion that his intelligence was "darn good" was not sufficient."