In addition to seeing DCI Tenet almost every morning, I generally spoke by telephone to coordinate policy at with Secretaries Powell and Rumsfeld on a variety of topics, and I also met and spoke regularly with the DCI about Al Qaida and terrorism. President Bush had set a broad foreign policy agenda. And we had to deal with the occasional crisis, for instance, when the crew of a Navy plane was detained in China for 11 days.We were determined to confront the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. We also moved to develop a new and comprehensive strategy to try and eliminate the Al Qaida network.Because of these briefings, and because we had watched the rise of Al Qaida over many years, we understood that the network posed a serious threat to the United States.
Our goal was to ensure continuity of operations while we developed new policies.
At the beginning of the administration, President Bush revived the practice of meeting with the director of central intelligence almost every day in the Oval Office, meetings which I attended, along with the vice president and the chief of staff.
Since then, America has been at war and under President Bush's leadership, we will remain at war until the terrorist threat to our nation has ended.
The world has changed so much that it is hard remember what our lives were like before that day.
“You are behind the counter because you have to work for minimum wage.
I've been looking for a telling quote, but I've got to run. Here is the full text of the article at: Testimony of Condoleezza Rice Before 9/11 Commission The New York Times Thursday 08 April 2004 The following is the text of the testimony of Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's national security adviser, before the commission investigating the Sept. Rice, Condoleezza Rice, assistant to the president for national security affairs. Rice, we bid you a most cordial welcome to the commission. Rice, I would like to turn to our vice chair for brief opening remarks. If we are going to fulfill our mandate, a comprehensive and sweeping mandate, then we will have to provide a full and complete accounting of the events of 9/11. The terrorist threat to our nation did not emerge on September 11, 2001.It was the very first major national security policy directive of the Bush administration -- not Russia, not missile defense, not Iraq, but the elimination of Al Qaida.Although this national security presidential directive was originally a highly classified document, we've arranged for portions to be declassified to help the commission in its work, and I will describe some of it today.“Coit Blacker, a Stanford professor who is one of the secretary of state’s closest friends, recalls going into a shop where Rice asked to see earrings. Rice asked to see something nicer, prompting the clerk to whisper some sass under her breath.Blacker remembers Rice tearing the woman to shreds.” “Let’s get one thing straight,” he recalls her saying.The choices are tough, and none is tougher than deciding what is a priority and what is not. Rice, as we have with other witnesses, the choices that were made. For more than 20 years, the terrorist threat gathered, and America's response across several administrations of both parties was insufficient. RICE: I thank you for helping us to find a way to meet the nation's need to learn all we can about the September 11th attacks, while preserving important constitutional principles. This is a continuation of the commission's previous hearings on the formulation and conduct of U. We will hear from only one witness this morning, the distinguished Dr. We want to get information, and we wanted to get it out into the public record. Your prepared statement will be entered into the record in full, and we look forward to it. Many families of the victims are here today, and I want to thank them for their contributions to the commission's work. HAMILTON COMMISSION VICE CHAIR RICHARD BEN-VENISTE COMMISSION MEMBER FRED F. GORELICK COMMISSION MEMBER SLADE GORTON COMMISSION MEMBER JOHN F. As chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, I hereby convene this hearing. The record of that hearing, by the way, including staff statements, is available on our Web site, We're very pleased to have you with us this morning. Chairman, I appreciate the opportunity to make a statement. The purpose of our hearing this morning is very straightforward. We owe it to those that we lost and to their loved ones and to our country, to learn all that we can about that tragic day and the events that led to it. THOMPSON COMMISSION MEMBER BOB KERREY COMMISSION MEMBER PHILIP ZELIKOW COMMISSION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER KOJM COMMISSION DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR WITNESSES: CONDOLEEZZA RICE, NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER KEAN: Good morning. The commission, and those who appear before it, have a vital charge.And that means that we are going to ask some searching and difficult questions. Our views will follow later after reflection on answers. Rice, would you please rise and raise your right hand? Long before that day, radical, freedom-hating terrorists declared war on America and on the civilized world.