(graphic from Dependable Renegade)
In the book, Ridge says he was never invited to attend National Security Council meetings, was “blindsided” by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him, his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster went ignored, and most shocking of all, Ridge says he was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.
As with Colin Powell, John Ashcroft, and others, Ridge seems to be seeking some redemption for his sins, along with a big chunk of cash. Sorry, I'm not buying it. Nor am I willing to forgive you. If you had a shred of decency, you'd have done the honorable thing when it mattered and blown the whistle then. Admitting the truth five years (and many thousand deaths) later merely shows that you're a cheap corrupt tool. Unless you're on trial with the rest of the shrubies, I have no interest in anything you have to say.