April 7, 2004, on this blog: A top-secret public speech
[Sen. Biden] argued forcefully that missile defense was the wrong priority. It took away money needed elsewhere, for more urgent priorities. And it took the administration’s eye off the ball, keeping them from paying sufficient attention to those more-urgent priorities — among them the threat of terrorist attacks.
Condoleezza Rice was going to speak from a prepared text. It was a text prepared to counter Biden’s argument. A text prepared to argue that no priority was higher, more urgent or more deserving of funding than that of missile defense. It was a text prepared to be delivered on Sept. 11, 2001.