Second in a series
For eight long years, the American people were victims of the incompetence of the bush administration, and duped by the outright lies continually espoused from the highest members of the administration, including the President himself.
As every American should be aware, the single most outrageous instance of incompetence of the bush years, was the fact that both bush and his one adviser most significantly charged with protecting the security of the United States, Condolezza Rice, then National Security Adviser (and of course, later promoted to Secretary of State) dismissed with scant regard the facts brought to the White House two months prior to 9/11, that al-Queda would soon attack the United States, in a plan involving hijacked aircraft.
As detailed by Bob Woodward, in his book, State of Denial: Bush at War, Part III, CIA Director George Tenet and infamous CIA and rogue operative (and later appointed to an Ambassadorship by bush) J. Cofer Black, met with rice on July 10, 2001, and laid out the evidence that had been accumulated. Rice had little time for or interest in their presentation, but did have forwarded to bush, almost a month later, the infamous memo entitled “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US”, fully describing the apparent preparations of al-Queda operatives to hijack airplanes and to attack buildings in New York.
Words cannot properly describe the stupidity and incompetence shown by bush in ignoring these warnings.
Also as despicable as the acts of incompetence replete throughout the bush years, was the pattern of lies presented to the American people. From “Weapons to Mass Destruction” to gain support for an illegal war, to denials of institutionalized torture, nothing that bush or any of his cadre of administration felons, should have been believed.
A serious example of a specific pattern of lies to which the administration eventually had to own up, was a 2004 report entitled “Patterns of Global Terrorism 2003″ which concluded that world wide acts of terrorism, due to bush’s “War on Terror”, had significantly declined in 2003. Citing “honest mistakes” and “no intent to deceive”, the administration had to admit, a few months later, that terrorist attacks in reality reached a 20-year high in 2003, that the number of people injured in terrorist attacks in 2003 was double the figure stated in the original report, and that people killed in 2003 totaled 625, not the 307 total stated in the report.
The united republican forces of the 1990s orchestrated the impeachment of President Bill Clinton for lying about marital infidelities. King W has gone unpunished (and remains unrepentant) for his incompetence and institutional pattern of lying to the American people about vital issues of the day.
President Obama, it is time for your administration to bring these felons to justice!
Some of the factual details, figures, and quotes used herein were found in Jeremy Scahill’s exceptional book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.