4,413. 1/27/2003

“On the afternoon of January 27, 2003, Associated Press issued a short news report about [Philip] Zelikow’s appointment as executive director of the 9/11 commission. ‘The fix is in,’ said [counterterrorism czar Richard] Clarke. He knew and disliked Zelikow. Clarke understood that with Zelikow–Zelikow, of all people!–in charge, there was no hope that the commission would carry out an impartial investigation of the Bush administration’s bungling of terrorist threats in the months before September 11. Could anyone have a more obvious conflict of interest than Zelikow?”

 – Philip Shenon, The Commission, Page 63

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