How not to hide

Condoleeza Rice vigorously protests the idea that George Tenet warned her about possible terror attacks before Sept. 11, 2001, because everyone was already talking her ear off about possible terror attacks.

“What I can be quite certain of is that I would remember if I was told, as this account apparently says, that there was about to be an attack in the United States,” she said. “The idea that I would have somehow ignored that, I find incomprehensible — especially given that in July, we’re getting a steady stream of quite alarmist reports of potential attacks.”

One account suggests that she was brusque and ignored the advice of the CIA director. Rice’s explanation seems to be that, no, she actually was ignoring everybody, including the CIA director.

Forest, trees, and all that.