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The Social Shaping of Commission Reports

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    Zelikow held three different offices in the U.S. Department of State during the second Reagan administration; he was on the National Security Council under President George H. W. Bush, along with Condoleezza Rice; he served on President George W. Bush’s transition team in 2000–2001; then he was named to the president’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

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    Indeed, Clinton had received a presidential daily briefing in December 1998 entitled “Bin Ladin Preparing to Hijack U.S. Aircraft and Other Attacks.” Clinton took al-Qaeda warnings seriously and wanted Bin Ladin dead, but efforts to accomplish this were never successfully mobilized (pp. 128–33).

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    For penetrating analyses of signals, perception, and misperception in international politics, see Jervis (1970, 1976).

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Vaughan, D. The Social Shaping of Commission Reports. Sociol Forum 21, 291 (2006). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11206-006-9021-7

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