Dozens of high-level officials joined in a White House drill yesterday to see how the government would respond if several cities were attacked simultaneously with bombs similar to those used against U.S. troops in Iraq.
White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend and the Homeland Security Council that she heads mapped out in advance a massive disaster involving improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. The attack targeted 10 U.S. cities, both large and small, at the same time, said a senior administration official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
Townsend presided over the three-hour exercise, which brought the government’s top homeland security officials to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next to the White House. All Cabinet agencies were represented by their secretaries or other high-ranking officials, with about 90 participants in all, White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
Here comes the punchline.
President Bush went on a bike ride yesterday morning and did not take part in the test.
Sorta reminds me of that day in May 2005 when an airplane penetrated the “no fly zone” over Washington, DC, forcing the evacuation of 30,000 people including, “the vice president, first lady and Supreme Court justices”, and the Secret Service chose not to tell Chimpy until he finshed his bike ride.