Philip Zelikow: The Bush Administration Investigates the Bush Administration
9/11 Commission Executive Director Philip Zelikow has deep, lasting ties to several members of both the Bush I and Bush II Administrations. Any one of these connections could have been deemed sufficient to eliminate Zelikow from consideration on the basis of non-independence. Consider:
- Zelikow was an aide to Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor to George H.W. Bush;
- Zelikow was part of the Bush II transition team and worked closely with Condoleeza Rice, George W. Bush's National Security Advisor. As advisor to Rice, Zelikow would sit in on high-level meetings on the terror threat in early 2001.
- In 1999 Zelikow co-authored a book with Rice, entitled "Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft."
- Zelikow was appointed to President Bush's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in the aftermath of 9/11.