These were the words the country heard stated matter-of-factly at the republican national convention by Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and brother of george w bush.
These words constitute the biggest lie EVER uttered to the American people. Period. Bar none. Ever.
First and foremost, this statement is the equivalent of a doctor telling a patient that he is in excellent health, except for the matasticized cancer throughout his body. To make this statement is to ignore the fact that September 11, 2001 occurred during king w’s presidency. But even worse, it ignores a wealth of evidence that the negligence and/or disdain of g w bush himself and of numerous advisers, let a preventable catastrophe go forward.
For more than eight years the American public has known of the infamous August 6 memo in which the president was informed a month before September 11 by his top advisers, including then National Security Advisor and future Secretary of State Condeleezza Rice, that Al Qaeda operatives working under Osama Bin Laden had been planning an attack in the United States involving hijacked airplanes. Bush aides unilaterally took the absurd position that the information contained in the memo was historical in nature, and that it constituted no new evidence of an actual pending attack.
However, due to the tireless work of investigative reporter Kurt Eichenwald, additional information not previously made public has been brought forward. Today, the New York Times published an Op-Ed written by Eichenwald in which he refers to numerous daily briefings provided bush over several months before August 6, 2001.
These briefings detailed, throughout Spring, 2001, information about groups then presently in the US who were planning terrorist attacks, and as early as in in June, 2001, information about what they believed to be imminent terrorist attacks . These reports came from the CIA, but Eichenwald reported that two bush administration officials told him that the neocons who were running US foreign policy under bush told him at the time that the CIA had been fooled, that BIn Laden had “pretended” to be planning such events in order to distract the administration from the true enemy of the US, Saddam Hussein. Bush chose to believe his neocon gurus, disdaining the data and advice of career intelligence officials. Eichenwald quoted a June 29, 2001 CIA warning, pleading with bush to listen, and referred to additional CIA memos warning him that attacks were coming soon, would have “dramatic consequences” and major casualties.
Two thoughts come to mind:
1. Perhaps the greatest failure of the First Obama Administration was its refusal to fully investigate and prosecute bush, chaney, rumsfeld, armitage, gonzlaes, negroponte, bremer, yoo, and the rest of the criminals responsible for so many high crimes and malfeasance in office, and
2. Mitt Romney has surrounded himself with the same neocon foreign policy advisers who gave such sterling advice to bush. How could any intelligent American voter consider putting bush-lite and his cadre of know-it-alls [back] in power?