Here and there... mostly there

July 20, 2004

What the hell could he have been thinking?

Sandy Berger, former National Security Advisor, walks off with classified documents while preparing for congressional testimony for the 9/11 hearings. He returns most, but managed to lose some.

This happened earlier in the year, if not late last year. In the meantime, he signs on as a foreign policy advisor to John Kerry.

Berger knows a few things. He knows that you don't walk out with, or lose, classified documents.

He knows that if you've got skeletons in your closet, you want to stay as far away as possible from politicians you might want to help.

And he also knows that covering up--or appearing to cover up--is death in politics these days.

So what was the man thinking?

And what were Kerry people doing not vetting Berger? Even when you buy a house, you do a title search, no matter how much you like the house.