By Joe Conason

‘He Kept Us Safe’: Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings Of Terrorist Attack

September 11, 2012 12:52 am Category: Memo Pad, Politics 255 Comments A+ / A-
‘He Kept Us Safe’: Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings Of Terrorist Attack

During the festival of falsehood held by Republicans in Tampa two weeks ago, perhaps the very biggest lie emanated from the mouth of Jeb Bush, the Florida politician, entrepreneur, and potential heir to the GOP presidential dynasty.

“My brother, well” began Jeb, referring to former president George W. Bush, “I love my brother” — and then went on to add, more arguably: ” He is a man of integrity, courage and honor. And during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe.”

That those words – “he kept us safe” – could be uttered in public about that leader is a testament to our national affliction of historical amnesia. The harsher truth, long known but now reiterated in a startling report on the New York Times op-ed page, is that the Bush administration’s “negligence” left us undefended against the disaster whose anniversary we will mark again today.

New documents uncovered by investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald show that despite repeated, urgent warnings from intelligence officials about an impending Al Qaeda attack, Bush did nothing because his neoconservative advisers told him that the threats were merely a “ruse” and a distraction.

Recalling the evidence compiled by the 9/11 Commission – which Bush, his vice president Dick Cheney, his national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, and numerous other officials sought to stymie and mislead – it has been clear for years that they ignored many warnings about Al Qaeda.

Specifically, as Eichenwald points out in his op-ed report, CIA officials sought to warn Bush with a glaring headline in the famous August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” That memorandum represented the culmination of many months of attempts to awaken a somnolent White House to the impending threat of a terrorist attack.

None of that is news, although Republicans like Jeb Bush continue to behave as if the facts uncovered by the 9/11 Commission had never emerged.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    The worst faux pas during the RNC was, without a doubt, the omission of the words U.S. Armed Forces. By ignoring our men and women in uniform, their contributions, and the sacrifices that they and their families have made – and continue to make – they showed a level of contempt the likes of which we have never seen before. Every presidential candidate, Republicans and Democrats, have acknowledged the contributions and pledged support to our military at wartime. No wonder Mitt is running around reminding everyone that the word God was left out of the Democrat platform. Should we conclude that minor things like separation of Church and State don’t mean much to him?
    Mitt Romney, an elitist who regards anyone who is not a member of his country clubs, who does not have car elevators, who don’t own expensive dancing horses, yachts or Bentleys, who work all day and can barely make ends meet, or put their lives on the line to defend, among other things, the interests that allow people like Mitt to enjoy their lavish standard of living, see the rest of us as serfs whose only purpose in life is to serve them.
    If the contempt that people like Cheney and Romney showed for our military was influenced by pacifist convictions their behavior would not be as offensive as it is, but that is hardly the case. The same people that take the contributions and sacrifices our troops make are the same ones that put them in harm’s way to achieve political and economic goals that only benefit them. The latest involves Romney volunteering our troops to engage Iran. His sense of honor remind me of what a former Republican President said a few weeks ago when asked to reflect and comment on what he thought was the highlight of his presidency and, with unusual eloquence, responded: “It was awesome to be famous and powerful”. That, in a nutshell, is the essence of what passes for intellect and values in the GOP.
    Oh, and no, sampling Maison Mollex and foie gras on a sidewalk café in Paris while explaining Joseph Smith’s Book of Mormons to pretty girls does not count, even if dangerous members of the bourgeoisie were in the vicinity.
    Last, but not least, let’s not forget that as spirited and contentious as our political campaigns are, when it really matters we are all one.

    • jarheadgene

      I applaud your writing. Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney are cut from the same cloth, they put everyone else and everyone else’s sons and daughters in harms way, while they sit back and find the ways to make profits with blood money. Both DODGED the Vietnam DRAFT.

      • BDD1951

        I’m telling you that we need to reinstate the Draft. Wars wouldn’t come so easily for Repubs.

        • patuxant

          Something to really think about as now, we have a bunch of free-lance mercenaries screwing us up the backside.

        • CPANY

          BDD1951:

          I don’t think that a draft is a good idea. It will give the military more resources than they deserve and will encourage them to take acrions that will get us closer to World War III.

          We must remember the inordinate influence that the military had on Lyndon Johnson during the Viet Nam War. Johnson got dazzled by the military’s phony claims and allowed himself to be nickle and dimed into escalating a relativly minor colonial civil war into a major war.

          A key element in preserving American democracy is to suppress the military. By their nature they are warmongers and anti-democratic.

        • jarheadgene

          Sorry BDD…I disagree. If a draft gets re-instated. The rich “superiors” find their way out of it. They don’t play by the same rules “WE the PEOPLE” do. And then they get into public offices and become the biggest Chicken Hawks in the world….ala Cheney, Romney, Karl Rove…and during non-draft times there is Paul Ryan and alike.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            All Of Them You Mention Are Draft Dodgers Including Romney!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Better Yet Who Ever Start A War Them And Their Family Must Be On The Front Line Ready To Fight!! Bet You That Will Change The American Taliban Minds From Always Starting A WAR!!!

    • patuxant

      Bulls Eye, Dominick! I wondered how ridiculous it was for MR to reply when asked why he failed to mention Afghanistan in his speech, but he brushed it aside by saying that the had just given a speech on it the day before to some VFWs…and while we are at it, the woman in LA who said she lost EVERYTHING in the hurricane, he advises her to GO HOME and call 211! What a numbskull! Right up there with Bush and his remarks about how “awesome it was to be famous and powerful”. More entitlement faux pas from the rich and famous and that includes Ms Ann with her Rafalca asserting that it is “their turn to be in the White House”! All of this makes me, as Santorum said but inappropriately about the wrong guy, want to throw up!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/YZ4ZDOGFXIEYPVLFK4YGWJKKWA Clever Bob

        I would have loved to see W make an appearance at the RNC and speak about his wonderful eight years as president along with Chainy (sic), and then heard his fellow Republicans boo him at every utterance. Imagine an ex-president NOT being there; the risks were just too extreme to gamble.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Same Way Romney Hiding He’s Tax Returns Cause He Know He Will Lose For Sure If The American People See Them!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

    George W. Bush was warned of a potential terrorist attack by President Clinton, he was told of the Fatwah issued by Osama bin Laden, our security agencies briefed him daily and warned him of an imminent attack…and he did absolutely nothing to prepare the nation for what was likely to happen. I don’t blame him for not being able to prevent it, the warnings lacked specificity and nobody knew how the attack was going to be carried out, where or when. I blame him for the ambivalence, ineptitude and arrogance he showed, and I was not impressed with the way he reacted when a Secret Service agent informed him of what was taking place and he continued reading a primer to school children in Texas, until the SS whisked him and Cheney away to undisclosed locations. Thank God for people like Alexander Haig and Ted Kennedy who stood on the steps of the Capitol and tried to reassure a shocked nation while destruction could be seen across the Potomac River and the danger of a third suicide attack was still very real.
    And yet, Republicans have the never of talking about national security and wanting to take us back. Back to what? To the arrogance, greed and ineptitude that led to the mess we are still trying to straighten out? Thanks, but no thanks!

    • http://www.facebook.com/blake.faulkner.7 Blake Faulkner

      Love reading your posts Dominick. You say it all so well. This may be the only true history the Teabaggers ever read. If only they cared about the truth and facts.

    • patuxant

      Dominick. Admire your well-thought out and accurate portrayal of facts. You should be on op-ed writer for the Post or the Times or both!

      • hilandar1000

        Yes, Dominicks posts are always right on the mark — very concise, factual, and pertinent to the discussion at hand.

      • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

        He should be running for POTUS….

        • patuxant

          EG: Maybe you are right! DV–come out of hiding! :-)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YZ4ZDOGFXIEYPVLFK4YGWJKKWA Clever Bob

      Why, oh why, could Chainy (sic) not have been at the Pentagon on 9/11?

      • TZToronto

        Cheney would have been with Rumsfeld on the other side of the Pentagon, anyway. The more I read about the difficulty of flying a modern airliner, the more I think that human pilots did not fly whatever it was that struck the WTC and the Pentagon. The spiral, descending flight path of the Pentagon plane especially suggests that (1) it was not a large passenger plane and (2) that it was flown remotely. Odd, isn’t it, that the “missile,” as Rumsfeld himself called it, hit the newly reinforced side of the building and not Rumsfeld’s side. I’m sickened watching today’s memorial ceremonies when I think about how Dubya and his puppet-masters did nothing to stop what they had been told was coming and how the American people have been fed–and have gladly eaten–the lies that have followed the September 11, 2001, tragedies.

      • jarheadgene

        I got another one…why does that old half dead P.O.S. get a new heart, meanwhile a 20something old gets denied a heart because he had a disorder (autism, I believe)?

        • BDD1951

          Well, money can buy anything.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

            You are right, and that is one of many injustices Obamacare will correct.

          • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

            Hopefully not the White House for Mitt and Ann….

    • marriea

      I have always and will always believe that Bush and Cheney were complicit in 9-11. When Bush cheated himself into office the economy was in pretty good shape and things were pretty much OK for this country. Bush needed something to make himself seem relevent. Bush was also consumed with getting Saddam Hussien but needed a necessary reason that the nation would swallow. In April/May of 2001 this country gave Afghanistan $46 million in supposed humanitarian aid even as Bin Laden ( who was also an American operative during the Soviet/Afghan war) was training Al Quada under the Taliban watch. Why would we be giving that country that kind of money when they were harboring a person who was on our Most Wanted Sh.t List. That they ignored their own intelligence about about an attack was maybe not so much as ambivalence, ineptitude and arrogance much as an agenda to pay hero in the coming days.
      I read and saw on 60 Minutes a story of an agent who reported her observation and suspicions about the reported leader of the hi-jackers and was fired, that’s right FIRED for the consistant warnings. The action of Bush and Cheney in the aftermath of 9-11 gave me pause. In a news conference about 2 weeks after 9-11 in which Cheney was attempting to lay the foundation to blame Saddam for this catastrophe he suggested than only with the help of a government source could 9-11 have happened. As I digested his words, I’m thinking what country who had the resources, skills and connections would/could do this. We were on relatively good terms with Russia and China. North Korea had no dealing/trust with the Middle Eastern government. We were on very good terms with most of the European countries, so what country/government was he talking about. Shockingly the only country that had all of these things going was the good ole U S of A. It’s not the first time the USA has allowed something like this to happen. It is reported that FDR needed an excuse to get involved in WWII so even though he knew Japan was planning on attacting us, he let them do so the people would back him in a war effort.

      Sadly, Americans were so dumb they believed anything that Bush would tell them. The lies that Bush, Cheney, and yes sadly Colin Powell told about Iraq was unbelievable. I’m not saying that Hussein was not a bad boy, but he was OUR bad boy, just like Bin Laden.
      I believe that Bush had a personal problem with Hussein and Cheney a personal money grabbing scheme and they both used our military as their personal mercenary, all under the guise of ‘protecting America’. I also find it interesting that the targets that the hi-jackers hit were the WTC, the Pentagon, and it was later thought that they were to hit White House. Was there a hidden message in those targets. Maybe it’s just that I didn’t and still don’t like nor respect that Administration. But I will always believe that Bush and Cheney was complicit in 9-11.

      • maias

        You forgot that the attack on the Pentagon took out the very offices and staff that had discovered that the Pentagon could not account for US$2.3 trillion of funds – as announced by Donald Rumsfeld on 9/10.

        I still wonder what activities were funded with US$2.3 trillion? Didn’t the boss of the agent, fired for constantly reporting her suspicions about the reported leader of the hi-jackers, retire with a US$ 10 million payoff?

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      He Kept Us SAFE????????? Oh Really So Why Did The GOP/Tea Party Throw The Biggest Party Of The Year And Didn’t Invite Bush!!! LOL

      • patuxant

        For the same reason, Fern, they didn’t invite Palin. Huge Embarrassment all the way around!

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          You Got That Right And The Fact That He Hung This Country Out To Dry, Screwing Around and Starting Wars With Their Middle East Counter Parts!! And You Notice They Did Not Mention The Troops Or The War That’s The Reason They Lose 13Million Viewers And Romney Only Got Between 1/2 – 1 Point Bump In The Polls RNC = FAILED , While DNC Took Apart Every Lie They Told And Reveal To The American People The Real Truth!! Obama 7 Points Bump Tells It All!!

          • patuxant

            Fern. Thanks for the response. Am totally on the same page with you. I am just crossing my fingers that Obama prevails in November. I just get so jittery when I hear the fanatics who are out there and have no values and are so hateful.

          • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

            I was chatting a guy up over a glass of wine the other night, basically warning him about Romney…and he actually said, “What about the birth certificate?” – ugh – I walked away….

          • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

            Look at the bright side of things, he could have added college transcripts too! When candidates, and a party, don’t have anything to offer they have no choice but to rely on lies, distortions, hyperbole and pie in the sky promises without ever saying how they are going to achieve their goals. What they never say is the amount of work and sacrifices we must all do to get to where we want to be.

          • patuxant

            Yes, I know what you mean. I have that stuff happen to me here. CA is pro Obama generally but I live in the Southern Part of CA and there are alot of folks who have their HUA (guess what that means) Particularly in Orange County and the wealthy areas of Newport Beach and Irvine. Otherwise, CA is behind Obama. But what is so odd is that I am in an area where there are retired folks and you can hear them in the restaurants mouthing off and saying how grand Romney is and they sound like total AZ people. And what a great guy Lyin Ryan is and you have to shake your head….Some of these people used to be people I thought of as friends. How could anyone in the Medicare phase of their lives say such totally ignorant things? Un frikkin unbelievable!

          • rustacus21

            To: ElisabethGordon; … but PLEASE – whatever U do, don’t stop TRYING!!! There are SO many Americans getting their info from places like Fox, Limbaugh, Hannity, etc., not realizing it’s ALL WRONG & they’re actually voting for the destruction of America’s Democracy & the only hope in the world for citizens across the planet to institute coherent, responsible, RATIONAL government for themselves. We admittedly still much to ‘get right’, but that’s a problem w/voters who need people like U, me & the more ‘sane’ faction of the population to keep hammering away @the granite that substitutes for brain matter, in order smash thru to unleash their own common sensibilities… Stay vigilant. It pays off…

          • OldPrinter

            Yeah, all those haters and fanatics out there, unlike you or Fern who never would hate anybody.

    • RoxieInTexas

      Dominick, just one correction. Bush was reading to school children in Florida, not Texas.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        Thanks!

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        You Right And I Will Never Forget The Dumb Ass Look On His Face When They Told Him About The Attacks, He Had The Looks Of A Kid Who Got Caught With Their Hands In The Cookie Jar!!! I Wanted To Slap The Shit Out Of him!! I Was Willing To Go To Jail, Just Let Me Slap The Hell Out Of Him!! This Man (Bin Laden) Was A Life Long Friend Of The Bushes!! What The Hell Is Really Going On!!!

        • montanabill

          When you actually find yourself in a similar position, it will be very interesting to see how you really react, rather than pontificate from a safe time and distance. Given the glimpse into your personality, I suspect your knees would buckle and a lot of stammering would occur.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            The Man Was The PRESIDENT He Should Have Grown A Pair!! Bet You I Would Bitch Slap You In A Heart Beat And Watch Your Knees Buckle!!

          • montanabill

            Now that gave me a chuckle!

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            Now That You Had Your Laugh STFU Talking To Me!! How Many Times I Have To Keep Asking You That!!

          • montanabill

            Are you talking to me?

      • maias

        And on two separate occasions, as mentioned in the White House’s own website, George W is reported as saying he saw the first plane fly into the first tower live, on television, BEFORE he went in to the classroon, and thought “Gee, what a terrible pilot”. He has never explained which TV channel he was watching as there was no live TV coverage of the first strike by any news organisation.

    • montanabill

      And yet you cast no blame on Clinton, who knew of the threats and simply fired a few cruise missiles and previously had allowed Bin Laden to escape an easy capture.
      Exactly what would you have done in front of a group of school children? Jumped up, rushed out and scared them half to death? Cheney didn’t go to an ‘undisclosed location’. He went to the bunker under the White House. Exactly where he was supposed to be. Bush left the school and boarded AF 1 where he intended to go immediately back to Washington. He was dissuaded by security and the VP since the full nature of the threat was still unknown. Bush finally prevailed and returned to the White House that evening. From that attack forward, the U.S. was not hit again, even though that had been Bin Laden’s plan.
      If you are going to demagogue Bush, at least use real facts. Maybe you can make a case that a few minutes spent not scaring kids would have made a difference.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UHE4MJP5FHMFIEAOGEQHETUGDQ Rvn_sgt6768

        Telling the children that something very important just came up as happens when you are President would not have scared anyone. The teacher would have been able to make them understand.

        • montanabill

          Didn’t happen to you so you are simply projecting. In any case, the few minutes that Bush spent with the kids before easing himself out did not affect anything. The teacher also had no idea, so she wouldn’t have had an explanation.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

            W did not continue reading that primer because he was concerned about the possibility of traumatizing children if he said “excuse me, something important just came up and your teacher will have to finish reading this wonderful story to you”, he did it because he did not have a clue what to do. A President whose opinion of his tenure is “It was awsome to be famous and powerful” is not exactly an erudite scholar capable of using logic to rationalize thought or reacting like most human being would under those circumstances. Thank God the NYPD and NYFD did not react that way!

          • montanabill

            Demonizing. When you have an equivalent moment, then you will have the experience and expertise to tell us how it should be handled. Otherwise, you are an expert at hindsight.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        At least he fired some cruise missiles. The other dude spent his time chopping wood in Crawford, vacationing, and after 9/11 gave a free pass to Saudi Arabia, the homeland of most of the Wahhabist terrorists that planned, financed and carried out the 9/11 attacks and declared Saudi Arabia a Most Favored Nation for trade purposes. Bush made Judas look like a chump!

        • montanabill

          And Obama has changed that how?

          • Sweeeny

            Had some dude shot I believe.

          • montanabill

            Luckily for him, he finally answered yes on the 4th request. Want a picture of him bowing to the Saudi king?

          • JSquercia

            Want to see the pictures of bush holding hands with a Saudi Prince ? God you are an IDIOT

          • montanabill

            Pay attention to the whole discussion if you want to look like you have an intelligent comment. Otherwise, you are simply operating out of ignorance and just another irrational name caller.

          • Pffffffffft

            LOL! It’s all Obama’s fault! Idiot.

          • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

            Retroactive punishment is not necessary. Justice has been served, OBL and the entire Al Qaeda hierarchy that was involved in 9/11 are dead or in Gitmo.

          • montanabill

            Not sure I follow how that fits. But you are right. Gitmo, I thought that place was closed. I remember certain promises….

          • grammyjill

            check records. no country would take prisoners, so obama wanted to move them to us federal prisons, gop said no.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            Plus The Fact He Did Try To Close Gitmo And The Do Nothing But Try To Make Our POTUS Look Bad Congress Blocked That Bill Also!!

          • montanabill

            Your answer was incorrect. It wasn’t only the GOP that said no. Just a whole lot of Democrats in NY said no, too. Sometimes things are so obvious, that both parties agree.

          • grammyjill

            In the records it says it was rejected by the GOP.

          • montanabill

            The GOP in the house could block moving Guantanamo prisoners to mainland prisons and Democrat leaders refused to introduce a bill to pay for the move. Representative Loretta Sanchez, Democrat of California, also raised security and legal questions about the proposal. The GOP had no power to stop them from being tried in New York.

        • Theodora30

          One attack missed Bin Laden by a few hours at most. Republican accused him of wagging the dog when he did attack. Clinton was also pushing to have drones armed but that took more time and would not be ready until Bush was in office. Clinton and others from his administration warned Bush, Rice, Powell and Rummy in no uncertain terms that we faced a serious threat. They had been having high level Cabinet meetings to address it almost weekly. Richard Clarke begged Condi to have such a meeting but Cheney was put in charge. His first high level meeting was scheduled for the week before 9-11. Meanwhile CIA briefers as well as other countries were repeatedly warning of an imminent attack on US soil.

          • hilandar1000

            You are absolutely correct Theodora, except I think you are responding to MontanaBill’s erroneous comments. Clinton did everything he possibly could to apprehend Bin Laden. His hands were tied, not only by the things you mentioned, but also by the logistics of getting the proper equipment to the proper location to get Bin Laden before he had left that location. The Republicans were giving him flack all the time for “taking it so seriously”. When Bush took office, Clinton warned them about the threat Bin Laden posed, as did Richard Clarke. Richard Clarke had been in that position since the Reagan years. He knew more about it than anyone else. So what did the Bush administration do? They fired Clarke just when they needed him and his expertise most.

          • montanabill

            That is a load.

          • http://www.facebook.com/joel.sorenson.9 Joel Sorenson

            it’s not a load I worked at the “agency that cannot be named” during those times and watched as report after report was marginalized and debated. You know until just now I didn’t make the connection but it is the same entitled dismissiveness that I now see in Romney and his bunch of non fact checking croneies. They’re so much smarter than you because they are rich. They don’t need expert advice I mean just look at their bank account. This is a systemic problem here these days, I don’t mind THAT they HAVE money but the odd twisted logic that having more money automattically makes you the best person for any job and the smartest and the most revered, and the list just goes on I actually saw two bankers at a party comparing $12000 watches to decide who would get to try to pick up the cute girl in the corner. When it became apparent that she thought that they were both rediculously shallow assholes and could stuff their watches in their ass. They, the bankers, both just assumed she was stupid and moved on to buy a different girl. THEY HONESTLY BELIEVE MONEY MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON!! and “SMARTYRE” too

          • montanabill

            NBA players I would believe, but unless those two ‘bankers’ were top executives, they would not be making enough to sport $12,000 watches, nor do you find very many of those types that would be willing to spend that much for a watch. They might have been traders, who are more inclined to demonstrate one-up’s with fast money earned. People who work their way to the top don’t have to demonstrate their position unless it is part of their marketing scheme, ala Trump. I really don’t doubt your story could have happened, but your language reeks a lot of wealth envy and uses a very broad brush.

          • Theodora30

            Two things. First, it was not just Republicans who gave him flack for trying to do something. Remember all the mainstream pundits who were also yelling about “Wagging the Dog”? Also Bush did not fire Clarke, he just demoted him in effect by no longer having his position be cabinet level. It is so outrageous that our media refuses to inform people about all of this, preferring their favored story lines instead of doing their constitutionally protected job of informing the citizenry so that they can make choices based on facts, not spin.

          • hilandar1000

            Thanks for the clarification, Theodora. You are correct. Thanks for your attention to exact details.

        • rustacus21

          To: DominickVila; thanx for keeping the ‘gaps’ filled w/the ‘other’ missing info! I sat & thought about the substance of this particular essay (when the ‘…kept us safe…’ “joke” 1st hit the wires) & felt really sick to my heart that those actual words could be uttered in face of the stark, naked realities!!! But as we wind down to election nite, it gets even scarier that there are still those who can’t see this as an evolving chain, but falling on 1 (Clinton) but no others (the ENTIRE to tier of the 2001-2009 administration) & are ready to give a vote to Romney on that basis – & who is already in the process of cloning 2001-2004!!! Thanx for keeping us all ‘sharp’ for the debates to come!

      • JSquercia

        Let’s not forget the Clinton had to spend considerable time defending himself from the impeachment the Republicans brought against him .

        As for Bush all he would have had to say is something IMPORTANT has unexpectedly come up and I have to leave

        • montanabill

          And, of course, there was absolutely no reason why impeachment proceedings were brought against Clinton! It is certainly reasonable for a President to lie under oath.

          When you get put into the position Bush was in, then you can tell us how you handled it.

      • rustacus21

        To: montanabill; the conversation was going so well & then U had to do it! But now that U brought up Clinton, I seem to remember the Clinton Administration doing its all to avoid a military conflict in Iraq (see > http://wwwdotfasdotorg/sgp/crs/mideast/RL31339dotpdf <), while simultaneously targeting bin Laden. There was no problem multi-tasking under those circumstances & was in fact, a 'work' in progress. Then came the 2001-2009 administration & all the 'work' was put, for all intents & purposes, on 'hold.' W/the ability to foresee unnecessary casualties & expense, Clinton opted to err on the side of caution. 'Fool-hardy' is the kindest thing that can be said about the 2001-2009 administration! All in all, we KNOW whose 'watch' was 'kept' & whose was 'broken' in the period leading to 9/11…

        • montanabill

          Interesting version of history.

        • montanabill

          Hey! We could avoid conflicts everywhere. Vote Ron Paul.

    • joyscarbo

      You forgot the part about W’s administration flying Osama Bin Laden’s family out of the USA on 9/11/2001, without so much as a question about they did or did not know. The Bush family is like like family to many oil-wealthy arab leaders.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        The Laden And The Bushes Were Lifelong Friends!!! George W And His Brother And Bin Laden Grew Up Together As Friends I Mean Holidays Dinners Night Clubbing The Whole Nine Yards Of Friendship!!!

    • Joseph Bishop

      I love it. Libs and dems condemn the war, and then they condemn Bush for not starting the war sooner. Make up your minds. The funny part is they never condemn Clinton who was the one that originally pushed to eliminate Saddam Hussein… Yet Iraq is the part of the war which received the most condemnation. You idiots really make me laugh.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clark-Gertner/1431573789 Clark Gertner

      This post could be a script for an episode of Fantasy Island. As to Bush’s reaction, he knew his people were already moving on it and felt it best not to panic a room full of kids. You can agree with that or not, but it is hardly a national security issue. When his next move was arranged, he left. Clinton “warned” Bush? The only people in the country who didn’t know that UBL was hoping to attack us were in comas at the time. America was simply not ready for anything action that could have helped prevent an attack and no one can fully prepare a response for something that, at the time, couldn’t even be defined. All the freakin armchair pundits just make me laugh. Revisionist history and 20/20 hindsight are all that Dems have to hold onto.

    • steve solomon

      He was warned by clinton shows that clinton did nothing about it. It was around the 100 day mark that 9/11 took place, swinging bush’s popularity from mediocre to full national support. Clinton sat on his hands and did nothing. Bush had the courage to dump the CIA which was full of career beaurocrats, cronyism and inept and corrupt agents, and form the dept Home [defense/protection whatever-I am zimbabwean]. I think it was difficult for clinton to think about national security when he was thinking about his next female conquest, leading to ill equipped and half baked black hawk down affair in somalia. Bush had his limitations, but he ws aman of decision and action, unlike clinton and crew. Clinton was good in that he was able to sweet talk people into coming together re the USA economy, but he was a disiaster with Al Quaeda and its mushrooming growth during his years in office

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VCEVJDLLASF26XFJZ5DIALHW3U Valley Girl

      Thank You Dominick for a sensible and succint note

  • Tom_D44

    And Clinton had the opportunity to take out Bin Laden and chose not to.

    • William Deutschlander

      Provide undisputable fact or take your blurb back and apologize for your ignorance.

      • CarlDiederichs

        Yes, the gall of some neo-cons.

    • a_carpenter

      O.B.L.’s mama forgot to fall down the stairs,while preggers, too!

    • dotutz

      I love this! Now the Reps are saying that Romney got rid of Bin Laden, that’s what they believe. How can one group of people be so stupid????

      • patuxant

        Is this really true? Are they saying this? Un-freakin-believable!!! Turds in a punch bowl….

        • dotutz

          This was told on either TRMS or Lawrence O’Donnell show. I couldn’t believe this and its like 3/4 of the Reps. believe it! Where are their brains? Had a friend who told me 9-11 was Bill Clinton’s fault.

        • JSquercia

          Sadly it is true . Rachael Maddow had two polls one in North Carolina and one some state I can’t remember . In both polls the REPUBLICAN Respondents gave 15% of their votes to the idea that it was MITT who was instrumental in getting Osama . In North Caroline some 57% were unsure which of the TWO Obama or Romney deserved CREDIT for getting Bin Laden

          • patuxant

            What we have here are a population that is dumber than rocks! God help us!

    • nanc35

      Not true. Do your research. It was Bush who missed OBL and Obama who got him!

      • CPANY

        Bush didn’t allow the military to fire on Obama when they had him in their sights.

    • BDD1951

      Clinton almost got Ben Ladin at one time. He slipped out of sight just as they were going for them. Don’t blame Clinton for GWB mess. I don’t know about anyone else but I find Republican polititians cold and unfeeling.

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      Tom, I spent 40 years at NASA and saw more satellite images than most people will see in a lifetime. The definition of satellite images a decade ago was not the same as what it is today. Reliable identification was largely a guess, often reached as a result of a combination of ground intelligence, aerial and satellite information, and sometimes limited to the stature of an individual. You may also want to consider that the satellites used to obtain imagery when President Clinton was in office continued to operate and transmit images when W was in the Oval Office.
      Your argument is as logical and germaine as blaming President Reagan for supporting the Mujahadeen, OBL among them, when they were fighting the Soviets.
      The only irrefutable and relevant truth is that George W. Bush and a Republican controlled Congress were in control on 9/11/2001.

    • jarheadgene

      He at least fired missiles at him…he missed. At least he tried.

    • patuxant

      Huh? What are you snorting Tom?

    • http://www.facebook.com/blake.faulkner.7 Blake Faulkner

      i’ve tried to reply here to Tom_D twice now…but my comment has a link in it…and is being delayed bu moderators…supposedly. Maybe thr same message wothout the link will be ignored…here goes……………..
      This is probably the kind of propaganda source Tom_D got his misinformation from…if not the actual one. Clinton got heavily ridiculed by the Repubes for firing all those Tomahawk cruise missiles (at least 70 of them @ about a million dollars apiece…Repubes care a lot about costs when a Democrat is in charge. Not so much when it’s a ‘decider’ like Bush) at an Al Qaeda terrorist training camp in Afghanistan and at other targets…based on the best intelligence information available at the time. Please make sure to read George W. Bush’s quote about how when he becomes president, he wont waste 2 million dollar cruise missiles hitting camels in the ass. When he goes after Osama bin Laden…it will be ‘decisive’. Except He decided to go after Saddam Hussein instead…………

    • marriea

      Maybe because he was one of our boys. But Clinton did try and take him out, but missed it by I think an hour or so. It was Bush and Cheney or at least our military heads who chose not to in Afghanistan in 2005 or 6.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BYDAIVJTZGBZ467TOPBA7MAE6E olafaux

    He kept us safe?
    Even the former Prez himself will not contend.
    Jeb is just a big LIAR.
    And, we have firmly recorded this particular LIE.
    God bless America!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5LCXMWHFPRMEYD4RWN56QE2FF4 Grunge45

    Romney has already demonstrated at the Olympics his severe myopia regarding people he cannot control. I am sure our announced enemies are salivating at the thought of having this fool in power.

  • a_carpenter

    i didn’t double-post. honest!

    • BDD1951

      I don’t either but they come up twice.

  • KewlDawg

    Remember, “bush” is the most vial four letter word. And I am a Republican.

    • jarheadgene

      Hopefully you are a Moderate Republican and know better than to vote for R and R…..they SUCK ! (to put it bluntly and concisely).

      • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

        When the RNC neglected to honor our military, and when Mitt Romney endorsed parts of Obamacare, he sealed his fate and the outcome of the upcoming election. The problem for the GOP now is not trying to convince Independents , but reassuring their own base, and that may prove to be a tall order. Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of guys!

        • hilandar1000

          How very much I hope that you are correct, Dominick. To those of us who seek out the truth, it would appear that the GOP would NOT last through another election cycle. However, there are so many people who get their information from the quick sound bites of the political ads. When the true facts are put in front of those people, their response is that the “GOP could not run the ads if they were not true”.

          I feel that the republicans draw in a lot of people because of their “supposed” stand on abortion. From there it is easy to feed naive people whatever they want to hear, whether it is truthful or not. Realizing their inroad to the minds of evangelicals, what did the GOP start focusing on in the House immediately after getting the majority? Did they start their tenure in office as the majority party by trying to pass legislation that would encourage job growth — which was what they promised in their campaigns? Of course not. They focused on abortion issues to draw the evangelicals into their fold. From there, it was relatively easy for them to say whatever they wanted — completely free to twist the truth in any way they wanted, in order to keep the votes of the evangelicals. Instead of seeing them as the party of deceit and self-interest, evangelicals see the GOP as the “party of the Christian God.”

          Most of these people are too young to remember a time when abortions were illegal. In those times, it was known that wealthy people, including many politicians who fought against abortions being performed in this country, sent their daughters out of the country for the procedure when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, while the daughters of the people who could not afford that expense had to give birth, even to a rapist’s child or take the horrible risks involved in a back alley abortion. Clearly the reasons for seeking abortions are too varied and personal to be legislated by government which would be applied to all, regardless of the individual circumstances.

          Our democracy is at stake in this election. It is too important to be decided by focusing on only one issue. If evangelicals are going to ignore the facts and buy into the lies of the GOP because they happen to think the GOP is right on the issue of abortion, I have one question for them. Is your faith in your awesome and omnipotent God so shallow that you feel he must rely on the actions of government and the laws of men in order to bring a soul into the world if he chooses to do so?

      • CPANY

        I’m a registered Republican and I’m going to vote for Obama.

        • hilandar1000

          I applaud your decision, and am wondering what the deciding factor was for you.

          • CPANY

            The deciding factor is that don’t vote for anyone who is going to try to pick my pocket by reducing my social security pension and my health insurance.

          • old_blu

            Welcome to the dark side CPANY.

          • neece00

            I like to think that we are not so dark on this side.

          • old_blu

            Shhh, *whispering* don’t tell CPANY. : ))

  • harleyrider828

    Don’t Forget Pres. Clinton was also warned.
    Can you take action when someone has not commited a crime on our soil. No you can not. We can’t throw the Constatution out the window.

    • Dave

      “has not commited a crime on our soil”

      Baloney. Your nonsense has no basis in law. The crime need not occur on “our soil.” Bin Laden repeatedly attacked American embassies and military targets — remember the Cole?

    • BDD1951

      And he warned Bush. He did his job but Bush and his thugs were too complacent.

    • patuxant

      Constitution not “constatution” pal. And just so you know, the primary document you should be looking at is the Dof I….Constitution? After thought….

  • William Deutschlander

    The Republicans from Tricky Dicky Nixon on have morphed into a bunch of ill informed, self righteous, pompous horses as-es.

    Romney and his sidekick Ryan, who does not understand fact, appear to have taken another turn going even farther into fantasy land, they have no clue what governance in a Democracy entails. Both of them were born with a gold spoon in their mouths and are ignorant of how 98% of our population strive and scratch to provide some manner of support for our families.

    Romney and Ryan feel we should end Unemployment benefits, should end food stamps, should end the nutrition programs for children in need, should end Medicaid, should end Medicare, should end Social Security, should end “Obamacare” in other words end vital programs for our population 98% and give any proceeds saved to their 2%.

    Romney was not a businessman, he never produced goods or services, Romney is a “VULTURE CAPITALIST”, he extracted (took) billions of dollars from the U S Economy, converted the dollars to personal accounts in tax haven foreign countries, he basicaly swindled the Economy, at the expense of the 98%.

    Ryan is a political Idealogue, Ryan envisions a fantasy land where he directs all the goodness to his 2% while the 98% toil to produce more goodness for the taking. Nothing he does adds up, nothing he does is sustainable and very little he says is TRUTHFULL.

    Folks I love our Democracy, the Romney / Ryan ISM is a very, very real threat to our Democracy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/harold.turner.16 Harold Turner

    For more compelling evidence of the facts surrounding this attack, Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory, is very revealing. Anyone that has an engineering or demolition background could clearly see that both of the building collapsed in a controlled demolition manner. Tne National Geographic Channel aired a show about the effects of heat o0n structural steel. Thie fact is undebateable, however heat rises and would not have affected the lower levels where the collapse occured. We have been lied to about this whole incident from the day it happened.

  • dellmartin

    It’s no surprise at all, given that we’ve all seen clips of GWBush saying (about bin Laden) “I truly am not that concerned about him” just a few months after 9/11. I’m very thankful that we now have a president with the courage to make decisions to safeguard our country.

  • 13observer

    Is Bush running for President again? I thought they could only hold two terms?

    • jarheadgene

      NO….he is not….but ALL his cronie “F” ups are Romney’s foreign policy advisors. SO I guess in sense, HE is running again.

  • 13observer

    Remember when Ted Kennedy killed Mary Jo Kopkney and covered it up? I just thought since we were bringing up old business.

    • http://www.facebook.com/blake.faulkner.7 Blake Faulkner

      Remember when Herbert Hoover crashed the economy and the country’s voters rejected Republicans for the next 20 years and 5 election cycles (1932-1952). I just thought since we were bringing old business…that has nothing to do with this article. That was kinda helpful at showing folks how some Republicans have always ‘thought’ about things…if you can call that ‘thinking’…

      • CPANY

        Remember Hoover’s “remedy”? It was the Reconstruction Finance Corporation, which was formed to lend money to struggling businesses. Hoover was a typical Republican: all he could think of was to help business. A typical “trickle down” advocate.

    • CPANY

      I believe that the surname wasc “Kopechne.”

  • Ed Mays

    How about the video on Youtube showing Michelle Obama and our President at a flag ceremony where she whispers to him…”all of this for a damn flag” and he turns to her and nods his head?….comment from National Memo or any liberal loving Dem??

    • frivolous01

      How about the fact that there is no evidence that any actual trained or experienced lip readers played a part in interpreting what was said in the video. In fact, the School that was ‘credited’ with this interpretation, The River School, has denied any involvement with the so-called translation. The video could have said anything, there is no way to know.

    • pangamut

      The video clip from a 9/11 commemoration ceremony in 2011 shows President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observing a portion of the ceremony in which an honor guard has folded an American flag, at which point the First Lady leans over to her husband and makes a remark, to which the President nods in agreement. The clip has been circulated with the claim that what Michelle Obama said to her husband was the question, “All of this for a damned flag?”

      Although it may look to the ordinary viewer that the First Lady’s lip movements do correspond to that phrase, it’s not possible to definitively determine what she said from that observation alone. Contrary to common belief, lip reading is far from an exact science: a lot of word formation is hidden inside the mouth, and therefore a lip reader can interpret two completely different words or phrases from identical mouth movements. (For example, the lip movements corresponding to voicings of “colorful” and “I love you” can easily be confused with each other.) Much of the process of lip reading involves guesswork and inference from context. And once a viewer has been presented with a particular interpretation of lip movements (as in this case), it’s hard for that person to “hear” anything other than what has already been suggested to him.

      For what it’s worth, a lip reading instructor at the River School in Washington, D.C., did not provide the proffered explanation (“All of this for a damned flag?”) of what Michelle Obama supposedly said in this video clip. The school posted a disclaimer on its web site stating:

      Please be advised that The River School was not involved in any translation services for a recent video clip currently circulating on the Internet.

      Determining exactly what the First Lady might have said via lip reading is complicated by the fact that her lips disappear behind a partition at one point in the clip. Other experienced lip readers have interpreted the sentence uttered by Michelle Obama during this clip to be anything from “We’re in for a real fight” to “I wonder if they flew that flag” to “It’s amazing how they fold that flag” to “How pretty they fold that flag” (the last of these accompanied by its own video analysis).

      The web site Bad Lip Reading does a good job of demonstrating how wildly varied lip reading interpretations of utterances can be:

      • fedupwitgop

        Has anyone bothered to ask FLOTUS exactly what she said????

        • pangamut

          That’s a great question.
          I have not read anywhere that she was asked.

    • patuxant

      You are a freaking idiot!

    • daniel bostdorf

      As I stated before :

      Just to remind you Ed: ‘He Kept Us Safe’: Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings Of Terrorist Attack. Trying to intentionally divert the conversation does nothing to help push forward dialogue. Michelle Obama has nothing to do with this topic and you know it.

      Trying to divert attention from the facts is an age old tactic. Micahelle Obama has nothing to do with any of this.

      CONASON STATES: “New documents uncovered by investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald show that despite repeated, urgent warnings from intelligence officials about an impending Al Qaeda attack, Bush did nothing because his neoconservative advisers told him that the threats were merely a “ruse” and a distraction.”

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YZ4ZDOGFXIEYPVLFK4YGWJKKWA Clever Bob

    I am glad W didn’t keep us “more safe”! Think o f the consequences . . .

  • frivolous01

    I swear to God, I will be so glad when these elections are over. I feel like I spend half of my life debunking republican lies, responding to people that can’t take 5 seconds to verify what they’ve heard before posting some stupid statement.

    • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

      me too….I am exhausted….OBAMA must win….

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.robertson.sr Robert P. Robertson

    The attacks on the WTC by Osama bin-Laden and alQaeda was an atrocious tragedy, but the attack on America by Bush/Cheney in its aftermath was far more disastrous than anything bin-Laden and alQaeda could have contrived. Bush/Cheney were two of the worse home-grown, domestic terrorists America ever manufactured. They together nearly brought America to the depths of a severe economic depression, and ten years later, America and Americans are still suffering from that destruction. They try to blame President Obama for not being quick enough in four years for not bringing America out of the mess that Republicans has gotten us into since the Nixon era, but Romney himself has stated that it will take him atleast eight years to do what President Obama has done in three and a half years. Yet, if Romney gets into the White House with the company he’s carrying, they will continue what Bush/Cheney started. As strong and resilient as America is, she will not be able to sustain another hit like the one delivered by Bush/Cheney. America will sink.

    • hilandar1000

      I’m with you on the gravity of the situation if Romney and Ryan were to be elected. I didn’t think our country could survive a second Bush term, and it darn near didn’t. Obama has done the best he could to clean up the mess, but has faced unreasoning opposition by the t-baggers. If the Republicans get in office again, we are much closer to the edge of the cliff than when the Bush administration took over. Our country could not survive intact with a second GOP disaster so soon after the last one.

  • OakenTruncheon

    Memory loss is now tax deductible.
    Of course, there is a catch.

    • johninPCFL

      Do you remember what it is? (LOL)

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.kruse.14 Dave Kruse

    Why would he act? He was a co-conspirator

  • beaumisty

    They didn’t (Bush ect…) do anything because they were part of it,in on it,knew about it. If you look hard enough there’s plenty of evidents that this is true.Fire fighters that saw the black boxes,top Scientists that found evidents that proves otherwise were keep out of the 911 report.For these reasons and more I am with Rev Tutu that they should be tried for war crimes.

    • TZToronto

      It’s interesting that the 9/11 Commission had such a small budget. It’s as if the Bushies were saying, “Go ahead and have your investigation, but you’ll have to do it on a shoestring budget.” Even the 9/11 Commission members were not happy with the report they were forced to issue. Of course, the 9/11 Commission and the Warren Commission were both handicapped by having to make the evidence they gathered fit the official story. The Warren Commission had to present evidence that fit the idea that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. Key to this was Arlen Specter’s “magic bullet.” I view the passport of alleged hijacker Satam Al Suqami and the Arabic flight manuals found in the car in Boston the same way I view the magic bullet. They lack provenance. There is no was to determine how they got to where they were found. So instead of considering the real evidence and the testimony of people who were there, the two commissions simply ignored those things that did not match the official story. The worst omission in the 9/11 report is the collapse of WTC-7, which not only fails to explain how WTC-7 collapsed but also fails to mention it entirely.

  • bcarreiro

    We the People… first responders, fireman, paramedics, police, military and extraordinary men and woman who helped the victims on that day…..we remember United We Stand and God Bless America!!!

  • 13observer

    Ya, just like Romney tied his dog to the top of the car….. is he running for President of the Humane Society or the United States? Are the dems really going to hang their hat on bullsh*t like that? The truth of the matter is Obama has done nothing for Unions and thus nothing for the middle class. He has been too busy running cover for illegal aliens and taking guns from law abidding LEGAL CITIZENS.

    • CPANY

      130bserver:

      Obama has deported more illegals then any other president. You call that running cover for illegal aliens? If you do, I’ll call you stupid.

    • old_blu

      Liar!

    • JSquercia

      I am quite frankly disappointed that Obama never pushed for the change in the procedure to make elect a union easier. Sadly I forgot the name of it.

      I am curious about what specific thing Obama has DONE to take guns from LEGAL citizens ?

  • TZToronto

    That excuse about having talked about the U.S. military at the VFW meeting is nonsense. When candidates do multiple speeches on the same day, they re-use their speeches, changing only the, “It’s great to be here in Peoria!” line. Could it be that he just FORGOT to mention the people he’d send into Iran if he were to become President–God forbid? If I were the Democrats, I’d play up this omission big time. The American people love their military, and the American people need to be reminded that Romney forgot to thank the military for their sacrifices. Obama did way better. He not only thanked the military but he also said that they need to be taken care of when they return. . . . Is Romney planning to cut the budget for the VA? I wouldn’t be surprised.

    • hilandar1000

      You can bet your life that’s what he would do. After all, veterans’ benefits are an entitlement program, as is food stamps, social security, medicare, corporate agricultural subsidies, etc. You certainly wouldn’t expect Romney to make any cuts that would affect the corporate agricultural subsidies, would you?

  • ForeverPeace4Us

    Not to long ago we received a phone call from a survey group in Odgen, Utah, that was conducting a survey on behalf of Romney. Normally we would have declined participating in something like this, especially during the dinner hour, it was the fact where this phone call was coming from that made us curious. One of the questions asked was: “How do you feel about the military paying their fair share in medical costs including insurance?” Could not believe what was just said!! You mean to say that you risk your life in war and then have to pay your own medical expenses on top of it? It is our believe that because this was a Romney directed survey, that this is part of the hidden details of the Romney/Ryan budget that they will discuss AFTER the election (if they are elected).
    This points out to us a continuing failure on their part to answer direct questions and issues that are important to our Nation. It leads us to believe there is a lot of unexposed plans that Romney/Ryan are not talking about.

    • CPANY

      Since the callo came from Utah, there’s a good chance that the Mormons were behind it.

      • neece00

        and if the Mormons are behind it, then Romney is behind it as well.

        • old_blu

          Do you know how a Mormon says ef you? (trust me)

          • http://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.gordon1 Elisabeth Gordon

            Exactly – their campaign slogan is:

            “We’re Rich, We’re White, Eff You!”

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      Just Like Romney Taxes They Plan Is Another Thing Their Hiding!! All I see Coming From Their Campaign Besides Nothing But Lies And Obama Bashing If Vote For Us Then We Will Tell You Our Plans!!! WTF!!!!

  • patuxant

    Yes, Bob, but think about it. What the heck would he say? It was “awesome to be president and be powerful”? What a statement that would be, but Romney and his crew of adorers are basically sucking at the teat of their own worshippers.

    What is disgusting about Romney is his total obliviousness to reality. He lives in a bubble that is occasionally given more O2 from Ms Ann who is as dumb as a rock. Excuse me, I know she has MS but guess what? She has no compassion for anyone but the wooden man who keeps her well esconced in her life style. Obviously he doesn’t even pretend to care what her interests are….even said he wouldn’t bother to see Rafalca compete. Wow! Is she stupid or what? So I guess we shouldn’t be surprised when a hurricane victim tells Mitt she just lost EVERYTHING, and he advises her to GO HOME and call 211! Hey, not my type of President.

  • CPANY

    Bush had no intention of doing anything to counteract Osama bin Laden because the Bush family has close commercial ties with the bin Laden family. Bush arranged to transport members of the bin Laden family out of the United States the day after the September 11 attacks.

    Subsequently, Bush called off attempts to kill bin Laden because killing the son of the bin Laden family would probably have interfered with the Bush family’s commercial relations with the bin Ladens. The whole sorry episode stinks from the machinations of Bush, Cheney, Rove, Wolfowitz, Feith and the other neocon sleazebags.

  • daniel bostdorf

    The 9-11 attacks could have been prevented. No amount of “apologist” rhetoric coming from those who feel the Bush administration did no wrong on the economy 2000-2008, starting two unfunded wars, the mindless Katrina response, ignoring Wall Street abuses, farming out hundrds of billions to Cheny related companies, and a host of other malfeasances, can change the truth.

    The Bush administration failed the American people at all levels for 8 years. And the American people are paying the price. And the Obama administration inherited the mess.

    According to author Kurt Eichenwald, writer of “500 days: Secrets and Lies in the terror Wars” he recently wrote:

    “In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush officials attempted to deflect criticism that they had ignored C.I.A. warnings by saying they had not been told when and where the attack would occur. That is true, as far as it goes, but it misses the point. Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert. Indeed, even as the Aug. 6 brief was being prepared, Mohamed al-Kahtani, a Saudi believed to have been assigned a role in the 9/11 attacks, was stopped at an airport in Orlando, Fla., by a suspicious customs agent and sent back overseas on Aug. 4. Two weeks later, another co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, was arrested on immigration charges in Minnesota after arousing suspicions at a flight school. But the dots were not connected, and Washington did not react.”

    The Bush national security team, Condoleza Rice et al, never reacted with the urgency required. They simply ignored the evidence, and now we celebrate 911 because of it.

    Pathetic that it took over 3000 lives and the destruction of the Bill of Rights via The Patriot Act to make us realize this.

    Now—what are we going to do with the “surveillance state” that has been set up in the aftermath of 911? Anyone see the Will Smith/GeneHackman movie “Enemy of the State?”

    IT’s happening now….our government thinks we are all “enemies of the state” until proven otherwise.

    Bring on the drone flights. And don’t forget—-when you look up—smile for the cameras!

  • daniel bostdorf

    Just to remind you Ed: ‘He Kept Us Safe’: Bush Ignored Repeated Warnings Of Terrorist Attack. Trying to intentionally divert the conversation does nothing to help push forward dialogue. Michelle Obama has nothing to do with this topic and you know it.

    Trying to divert attention from the facts is an age old tactic. Micahelle Obama has nothing to do with any of this.

    CONASON STATES: “New documents uncovered by investigative journalist Kurt Eichenwald show that despite repeated, urgent warnings from intelligence officials about an impending Al Qaeda attack, Bush did nothing because his neoconservative advisers told him that the threats were merely a “ruse” and a distraction.”

  • Elsa

    Why does that surprise anyone? We know that the Tea Party, G. Bush and his minions, walk the world with blinders on. They believe what they choose to believe, period. They would follow those beliefs over a cliff without thinking about it and if they happen to survive would swear they did the right thing and that their survival proves it. Romney is like that only double because he is a rich kid who feels he is entitled and has watched his counter parts (Bush, Cheney, Rice etc) succeed at getting what they wanted. So he uses the people who help them achieve their goals. These people swear they love this Country, but the truth is they love themselves and the money they have hidden overseas more. What is it to them if New Orleans is flooded and people are trapped in a big arena with nothing to eat; what do they care if one of their homes is destroyed; they have others to live in. You have to ask yourself, do they really care if the US goes broke, how badly could it hurt them when their money is in other Countries. The Republican Party use to be one to respect, but that Party no longer exists. Today’s Republican Party is one of charlatans, the uninformed and people dazed by religious beliefs. Their Candidates reflect that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joan-Maurer/100000910841619 Joan Maurer

    EVERYTHING about Mitt Romney in the Oval Office is frightening.

  • ObozoMustGo

    DISTRACTIONS….. DISTRACTIONS…. DISTRACTIONS……

    Even on this day, we cannot be distracted away from the real issue at hand: Obozo the failure in chief.

    When It Comes to the Jobless Numbers, President Obama Isn’t Talking Straight

    This column by ACRU General Counsel and Senior Fellow for the Carleson Center for Public Policy (CCPP) Peter Ferrara was published August 9, 2012 on Forbes dot com.

    “This morning we learned that our businesses created 172,000 new jobs in the month of July,” President Obama bragged regarding last Friday’s jobs report. “That means we’ve now created 4.5 million over the last 29 months and 1.1 million new jobs this year.”

    You should have learned by now on your own that you can’t believe a word the man says. If it is not outright false, it is cast out of context to deliberately mislead. Obama’s statement is like a pediatrician who brags to you that under his care your 16 year old son has grown to 4 feet, 5 inches. At the same point during the Reagan recovery, the economy had created more than 9.5 million new jobs.

    Moreover, in just one month during the Reagan economic recovery boom, September, 1983, the economy created 1.1 million new jobs. That’s a real recovery.

    But Obama’s statement is even more misleading. Because during his entire Administration, the economy has created less than zero jobs. Investors Business Daily replied on August 4 to Obama’s statement, “But ‘we’ haven’t created any jobs. As a matter of fact, since Obama has entered office, some 1.1 million payroll jobs have disappeared.” Former Bush Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors Edward Lazear added in the Wall Street Journal on July 30, “there hasn’t been one day during the entire Obama Presidency when as many Americans were working as on the day President Bush left office.”

    Moreover, “since Obama stepped into office, 7.5 million people have left the workforce,” IBD added. Almost all of those folks are still out there without a job.

    Obama also neglected to add that the Labor Department’s household survey, which determines the unemployment rate, found that the number of jobs plummeted last month by 195,000. That is why the U3 unemployment rate rose again, to 8.3%. It was the establishment survey of businesses that claimed the economy created 163,000, not 172,000, net new jobs last month. But that number is heavily influenced by seasonal adjustments that can be outdated, and by estimates not counts of jobs created by new businesses. It is inconsistent with the fact the Labor Dept. also reported on Friday that 150,000 left the workforce last month.

    That makes a postwar record 42 months of unemployment over 8%, the longest period of unemployment that high since the Great Depression. While Obama promised us when he wanted to pass his nearly $1 trillion wasteful government spending stimulus that unemployment would never climb above 8% if we did, it has never fallen below 8% during his entire, mistaken Presidency.

    Moreover, the U3 unemployment rate doesn’t count the millions who have fled the work force under the oppression of Obamanomics. If labor force participation had just remained the same as when Obama entered office, unemployment would be still stuck for months now at 11%, which would be a postwar record, the highest since the Great Depression.

    U.S. News and World Report Chairman Mort Zuckerman elaborated in the Wall Street Journal on July 24, that if you add “the number of discouraged workers who have dropped out of the labor market since the recession began in early 2008 – approximately eight million – the [unemployment] rate would be an alarming 12%. Fifty percent of the jobs created since the recession hit have been part time, with no benefits and a wage that’s inadequate to enter the middle class.” Discouraged workers who have left the work force, and those working part time only because they can’t find a full time job, are counted in the Labor Dept.’s U6 unemployment rate, which rose last month to a depression level 15%. If you count the long term discouraged workers that the government stopped counting in 1994, the Shadow Government Statistics website reports that unemployment would be at the deep depression level of 22.9%.

    The recession was scored by the National Bureau of Economic Research as ending in June, 2009, more than three years ago, because that is when GDP stopped declining and started growing again. That still made it the longest recession since the Great Depression at 18 months. As Jeffrey Anderson observed in IBD on August 6, “it’s not convincing for Obama to suggest – as he routinely does – that he should be evaluated on the basis of whether the recovery has been better than the recession. Recoveries, by definition, are better than recessions.”

    Anderson rightly recognized that the comparable standard of measurement for Obama’s performance in office is: “How does the Obama recovery compare to other recoveries from similar downturns across the decades?”

    Anderson noted that over the past 65 years, since World War II, America has experienced 10 previous recessions and 10 previous recoveries. He reports that average real GDP growth in the first three years after those recessions was 4.6%. In sharp contrast,

    “During the Obama recovery…, average real GDP growth has been just 2.2% — less than half the historical norm. Of the past 11 recoveries, the Obama recovery has been the worst. The 10 stronger recoveries involved Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Clinton, and George W. Bush — in other words, every other postwar President.”
    Clearly, President Obama has been doing something wrong.

    President Obama says out on the campaign trail, “We knew when I started in this job that this was going to take some time. We haven’t had to come back from an economic crisis this deep or this painful since the 1930s.” But Obama and his apologists cannot say that the recovery is so bad because the recession was so bad, because “the historical record shows that the pattern is generally as follows: the worse the recession, the stronger the recovery,” as Anderson proves. If we examine the 5 longest and worst recessions over the past 65 years, each lasting at least 11 months, “During the four pre-Obama recoveries from such recessions, average real GDP growth in the first three years was a whopping 5.9% — dwarfing the 2.2% figure under Obama.”

    Anderson calculates what this Obama subpar performance has cost the American people. The difference between 5.9% and 2.2% real growth, a 3.7% per year shortfall, “equals about $555 billion per year, or $1.6 trillion over three years. If you divide that equally among the roughly 300 million Americans, it works out to a shortfall of more than $5,000 per person – or more than $20,000 for a family of four.”

    Moreover, as Anderson reports, if the Obama recovery had rebounded as fast as the recoveries from the others of the worst 5 recessions since World War II, America would be enjoying 10 million more jobs now, with 10 million more workers contributing to the economy and paying taxes, rather than drawing taxpayer funded benefits.

    And it is not getting any better, as Anderson also explains: “Over the first two years of the Obama recovery, average real GDP growth was 2.2%. During the third year, it remained at 2.2%. So far in 2012, it has been 1.8% annualized. In the most recent quarter, it was 1.5% annualized.”

    Art Laffer explained in the Wall Street Journal on Monday why Obama’s recovery has been so awful – he relied on old-fashioned Keynesian “stimulus,” rather than the pro-growth incentives of the more modern supply side economics. Laffer explains,

    “[S]timulus spending doesn’t really make much sense. In essence, it’s when government takes additional resources beyond what it would otherwise take from one group of people (usually the people who produced the resources) and then gives those resources to another group of people (often to non-workers and non-producers). Often as not, the qualification for receiving stimulus funds is the absence of work or income – such as banks and companies that fail, solar energy companies that can’t make it on their own, unemployment benefits and the like. Quite simply, government taxing people more who work and then giving more money to people who don’t work is a surefire recipe for less work, less output and more unemployment.” (emphasis added).
    Laffer then explained the fundamental fallacy of Keynesian economics:

    “Without ever thinking where the money comes from, politicians and many economists believe additional government spending adds to aggregate demand. You’d think that single-entry accounting were the God’s truth and that, for the government at least, every check written has no offsetting debit. [But] for every additional government dollar spent there is an additional private dollar taken. All the stimulus to the spending recipients is matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis every minute of every day by a depressant placed on the people who pay for these transfers. Or as a student of the dismal science might say, the total income effects of additional government spending always sum to zero.”
    But Laffer added that Keynesian stimulus spending is actually a net drag on the economy because the incentive effects of that spending encourage the recipients of the taxpayer largesse to reduce work and other productive activities, while the incentive effects of the increased taxes on producers to finance those benefits encourage them as well to reduce work and other productive activities. Hence the woefully below average Obama recovery. Yet, Obama is campaigning for hundreds of billions in additional, Keynesian, stimulus spending, which will only drive the economy down further, and further increase unemployment.

    Laffer might have added that the central concern of Keynesian economics that inadequate demand can cause economic downturns is also wholly fallacious. In a market economy, if demand for a product or service is inadequate, then its price will fall until demand equals supply. So in a market economy, demand can never be inadequate.

    Laffer proved out his analysis in the Journal commentary with a table of data showing that in the 34 Organization for Economic Development countries, greater Keynesian stimulus spending was followed by lower growth rates. Laffer concluded that Keynesian “Stimulus advocates have a lot of explaining to do. Their massive spending programs have hurt the economy and left us with huge bills to pay.”

    But under Obama, the worst is yet to come. Under current law enacted under Obama, on January 1 the top tax rates of virtually every major federal tax are scheduled to soar, except for the federal corporate income tax, which under Obama is already the highest in the industrialized world. With Obama’s regulatory costs building to a crescendo then, government spending, deficits and debt already accelerating, and the Fed flooding the market with cheapened currency, the result will be one big, bad, whopping recession next year. Unemployment would then soar back into double digits, the deficit would rocket to over $2 trillion for the first time in world history, real wages and family incomes would fall further, and poverty would explode. If Obama is reelected, the American people would have achieved these results the old-fashioned way: they will have earned them.

    Too many Americans are not getting what is happening with the economy and the election because they are relying too much on the so-called mainstream media. They don’t understand that ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, etc., are not reporting on the election. They are participating in it.

    Have a nice day!

    “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.” – Thomas Jefferson

    • metrognome3830

      You remind me of my time with the Toastmaster’s Club, when one had to get up and speak for 15 minutes without really saying anything. You begin your lengthy dissertation with your usual repetition of the word DISTRACTIONS, then proceed to do your best to distract people from the discussion at hand with a slanted version of what happened during Obama’s tenure while feverishly trying to take people’s minds off what Bush did in 8 years. Furthermore, checking some other sources than where you get your facts, I find that your facts may not be the one and only true facts, but somebody’s opinion. Or, somebody’s manipulation of the facts. Take a look at Jefferson’s quote. He refers to a “wise” and “frugal” government, not just a frugal government. Please try to address the point of the article by showing us how George Bush’s government was wise OR frugal. Rather than just using the article as an excuse for venting on your hatred of Barack Obama, mainstream media and “leftist nutjobs.” At your urging, I’m reading your suggested book and I have to say, I am getting an uncomfortable feeling about where it is going. But I will read it through to the end before passing final judgment. You need to practice some of that restraint, too.

      Have a nice day!

      • ObozoMustGo

        Ahhh… Metro… Metro… Metro…. hmmmm…. let’s see… if we talk about a guy that has been gone for 4 years, and do not discuss the current clown, BH Obozo, that’s NOT a distraction, now is it? But if we talk about the current occupant of the WH and his actual record with actual numbers, that’s a distraction, right?

        I hate to inform you but George Bush is no longer President and has been gone for nearly 4 years. I know you leftist nutjobs like to keep bringing up Bush because it helps you to take the focus off of the loser in chief Obozo and his failed record, but I won’t let you get away with it, Metro. Nice try, but no cigar.

        Jefferson’s quote implies that we will have wise people in government. According to the current Obozo regime and the leftists that control the DemoncRAT party, he was wrong. This also applies to progressive Republicans. Also, how could reading a book about freedom and liberty make you uneasy? The fact that it makes you uneasy makes me uneasy…. just sayin…

        Have a nice day, my friend!

        “No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth!” – Ronald Reagan

        • metrognome3830

          Yes, GW has been gone for 4 years. The question is how bad off would we be if we had continued his policies? I predict that after he has been gone 8 years, things will be much better. However, regarding your answer, The discussion I read was about whether the claim that GW “kept us safe” was even slightly true. Not about how many people are out of work. Switching the conversation to the job market is, indeed, a distraction from the dialogue at hand. Nice try yourself and no cigar for you either. In fact, for such an obvious attempt to distract, I think you should be penalized two cigars.

          As for Jefferson’s quote, I asked you to show how GWs reign was “wise” OR “frugal.” You ducked that by switching it back to the Democrats and the leftists and you didn’t answer the question. I’m beginning to think that you are a master of distraction.

          You asked me how a book about freedom and liberty make me uneasy. It’s only a first impression, OMG, not a final conclusion. I am waiting to see just whose freedom and liberty he is talking about. Some people on the right think freedom and liberty is only theirs. As I said, I will keep reading before I reach my opinion on it. So don’t try to shame me into giving it my whole-hearted stamp of approval before I read it all. That doesn’t work with me. If you don’t believe me ask Mrs. Metro.

          Have a nice day, buddy!

          “You’d be surprised. They’re all different countries.”
          –Ronald Reagan (on Latin America, Dec., 1982)

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hi Metro… to respond to your post, I will say that if your focus is on what could have been (GWB policies today) instead of on what is (Obozo’s actual failures today), I would say that you have been successfully duped by the Obozo campaign propaganda machine. You see, you read the blog post that talks about GWB and never realize that the reason the very topic is there in front of your eyes is to keep you and others thinking about GWB instead of Obozo. This site is part of the Obozo campaign propaganda machine. There is no question about it. You are easily duped because you are succeptible to the leftist narrative as a Democrat. I see it for what it is. This is why I will post facts about Obozo when The Memo deliberately attempts to put the focus on something totally irrelevant like a guy that’s been gone 4 years or on the theoretical “what could have been”.

            To answer your question about GWB re: wise and frugal government. How many times must I say this? You know that I have railed against GWB and his profligate spending. He raised the debt $4 TRILLION in 8 years. A disaster by any measure. But you cannot keep talking about him and ignoring the $6 TRILLION Obozo has run up in less than 4 years. How do you justify this? There is no justification.

            I’ll take you at your word regarding the book. I was just poking you in the ribs a little bit there…. :-) :-)

            Have a nice day, Metro!

            “One way to make sure crime doesn’t pay would be to let the government run it.” – Ronald Reagan

  • quasm

    Mr. Conason;

    I’m sure you would also blame Pres. FDR, who had much more specific intelligence on Japanese intentions, for the attack on Pearl Harbor. Wouldn’t Pres. Clinton, through inaction, be responsible for the attack on the USS Cole?

    Dik Thurston;
    Colorado Springs

  • daniel bostdorf

    oh brother….not these right wing clowns again….

    TO: MUSTOGOOBOZOMUSTGO…and QUASM

    You are clearly one of those “apologist” with a hidden agenda. Quasm is sent here to distract us. Neither of you have any sense of FACTUAL history for past 60 years. So–that means you have no ability to remember clear facts. You guise your political “agenda” with untruths, lies, distortions et al trying to be “factual.” You guys sound like Paul Ryan the liar. Can’t get his marathon results right either…same with Teaparty.

    To both of you—What are your real names? With whom are you both affliated with? Karl Rove? Koch brothers? Paid by Romney campaign to visit websites with various users names afraid to use your own?

    Once again, contrary to the poison posted, the 9-11 attacks could have been prevented. No amount of “apologist” rhetoric coming from those like MUSTOGOOBOZOMUSTGO…and QUASM who feel the Bush administration did no wrong on the economy 2000-2008, starting two unfunded wars, the mindless Katrina response, ignoring Wall Street abuses, farming out hundrds of billions to Cheny related companies, and a host of other malfeasances, can change the truth.

    The Bush administration failed the American people at all levels for 8 years. And the American people are paying the price. And the Obama administration inherited the mess.

    According to author Kurt Eichenwald, writer of “500 days: Secrets and Lies in the terror Wars” he recently wrote:

    “In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush officials attempted to deflect criticism that they had ignored C.I.A. warnings by saying they had not been told when and where the attack would occur. That is true, as far as it goes, but it misses the point. Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert. Indeed, even as the Aug. 6 brief was being prepared, Mohamed al-Kahtani, a Saudi believed to have been assigned a role in the 9/11 attacks, was stopped at an airport in Orlando, Fla., by a suspicious customs agent and sent back overseas on Aug. 4. Two weeks later, another co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, was arrested on immigration charges in Minnesota after arousing suspicions at a flight school. But the dots were not connected, and Washington did not react.”

    The Bush national security team, Condoleza Rice et al, never reacted with the urgency required. They simply ignored the evidence, and now we celebrate 911 because of it.

    Pathetic that it took over 3000 lives and the destruction of the Bill of Rights via The Patriot Act to make us realize this.

    Now—what are we going to do with the “surveillance state” that has been set up in the aftermath of 911? Anyone see the Will Smith/GeneHackman movie “Enemy of the State?”

    IT’s happening now….our government thinks we are all “enemies of the state” until proven otherwise.

    Bring on the drone flights. And don’t forget—-when you look up—smile for the cameras!

    MUSTOGOOBOZOMUSTGO…and QUASM — simply disclose who you guys really are. Quit hiding.

    • DirkVanden

      G.W. Bush will go down in history as the worst president the USA has ever had, even if nobody dares prosecute him and Dick and Condolisa as War Criminals. That’s what they are and always will be. There will always be quasms and mustgos in the road, just ignore them and don’t step in them. Give Obama another 4 years to try to clean up Bushy’s mess, then give Hillary a chance. (i’ll bet that gets quasm’s and mustgo’s tiny hearts a- pounding!) You are right; they are wrong.

  • emadis41

    G W Bush, not only that 9/11 happened on his watch, and it happened due to his negligence and sheer arrogance, his Homeland Security Advisory System Color Chart terrorized the nation by false claims of mostly fabricated eminent attacks that never happened. Add to it illegal wiretapping of US citizens, torture and the lies that led to the Iraq war, the most expensive war and most destructive to our economy. Let me add, the economic mess that he led the country to is more dangerous to our safety than any terrorist attack.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/P3NXX7AD64NWRRT65INAEULVEU Don

    tHIS AMAZES AND CONFUSES AS THE REPUBLICANS DID NOTHING ABOUT THIS WHEN THEY WERE IN OFFICE. I AM ASHAMED OF THIS PAST HAPPENING OF MEN FROM BIN LADEN WERE TRAINED IN THE USA AS PILOTS FOR THESE PLANES, AND NO ONE SAW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN.

  • 13observer

    He just brought back 1.3 million illegals by deferment and if re-elected another 12 to 20 million by AMNESTY. What will his deportation record look like then? More importantly, what will America the welfare state look like when all we have is poverty and STILL NO JOBS?

    • JSquercia

      Actually Obama has deported FAR more people than Bush

  • 13observer

    Like it fu*king matters dumb*ss

  • 13observer

    If you want to be a democrat you must OPPOSE the Second Amendment! I know, I used to be a democrat and they were always more worried about getting an “anti-gun” plank in the platform than giving Unions the tools to better the lives of working people!

  • f4xtrafn

    Why do you think Bush is so quietly “enjoying” his retirement – or hiding out of public view. Wouldn’t you, if you were responsible for 9/11, considering he was forwarned and even told the attackers were already in the country and bringing down passenger jets was already an unvovered al-Qaeda plot. The Romni/Ryan stooges would be a god send to Al-Qaeda.

    • JSquercia

      Remember that bill board with the picture of Dubya asking “Miss ME yet ? ” . I guess the Republicans in Tampa answered THAT question with a resounding “NO” .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AZUK56N4OJGWHRKJSJSDGFTOXI Butch

    lil stanky bush too, a hero? believe that and I have a great river you could buy!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ES2UMKTR4CDLPP22JNGQN3Z7SE Jackmack

    George W. Bush was the most unsafe President we ever had and then we have the Republicans that talk more crap and lies that you don’t want to step in it

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BZXVRQFPZMMOCFCT7HS3YBQ5WY Ron

    I am so afraid, I am so afraid that the GOP lead by their present handlers take back the presidence and it was such a relief for me to see that OBAMA got a boost after the convention. I hope that lead widens even more as the days pass and conducts this country to re-elect our president and keep away those inepts out of screwing even more our USA

  • TZToronto

    Perhaps I missed something. Which guns did Obama take from law-abiding citizens? (I think you meant law-abiding, not law abidding.) Looks to me like there are plenty of guns still in the hands of people who purchased them legally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    GOP always ignores facts Just make up their own’ story ‘

  • howa4x

    The GOP is embarassed by GW Bush and kept him in hiding for the convention. He ranks with other republican presidents of the century like Coolidge, Hoover, and Nixon, as some of the worst to ever hold office. The mere mention of his name is distained by millions, here and around the world. Richard C Clark, then national security advosor, exposed him for the numskull he was. The Bush administration ignored all the material that the Clinton justice dept had amassed through the trials of the blind sheik, and Ramsi Yousef. The FBI ignored warnings from its own agents that young Arabs were only learning to fly planes but not take off or land them. Bush ran an administration of national negligence at the highest order. He should have been impeached for what he did. Republicans tried to impeach Clinton for some office fun, yet refused to acknowlege the utter incompetence of Bush in preventing an attack on American soil, the first since Pearl Harbor. For saying that they are the party of national security this was a pie in the face to all of them. It was the democrat Clinton that brought the bombers of the world trade center to justice and conviction and Obama that both captured and killed the ones that ordered the attack. Where was Bush? Off invading Afganistan and Iraq costing us trillions in borrowed money, and having nothing to show for any of it except dead and badly injured young Americans. What did they die for? So that companies like Haliburton could get a 6 billion no bid contract, or Grumman, Lockeed, Raytheon and others could also make billions. How did the patroitic Haliburton where Channey was once CEO, act? They renounced their corporate citizenship and moved their corporate headquarters to Dubai to avoid paying taxes on the money they made from the war. We didn’t see any of that at the convention in Tampa either. Why? Because their canidate for president believed that this was how you do business, and stashed his fortune in Switzerland, the Caymans and Bermuda.
    The ultimate shame of it they all think that this is what makes America Great.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dianrib Diane Ribbentrop

    Those who believe all the 1/ 2 truths and lies put out there by Rove GOP Boehner Cantor , Fox / Rush followers. . Pretty soon a fabrication becomes ‘ Fact ‘
    How to fight mass Ignorance ?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VTV55S5BALQIDBQFOLH7WIZNSA Don B

    No brainher here. If Romney grabs the Presidency, we can expect another 9/11 Incident to further the cause of war again, not to mention a stronger stranglehold on our freedoms and rights in theis country. Can we all say “Patriot Act” on steroids?

  • Frank Edelstein

    They encouraged and allowed 9/11 to happen. Their conduct is what leads many to believe there was a conspiracy to allow the attack to happen just like the republicans allowed the USS Liberty to be attacked and US servicemen to be killed on it in 1966 in the Gulf of Aqaba in Egypt. It was a “sacrifice” to change US opinion in favour of Israel then.

    It was only in 2009 that the US acknowledged the incident of the USS Liberty and finally decorated the survivors of that incident. Don’t let the word conspiracy silence you into demanding answers.

    The Bush family and the state of Israel know more than they are letting on. The republicans and Israel have a lot to answer for the destruction of American property and lives in pursuit of political goals.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GGHNYPK4GNCRYZLXWVZ447WHJM Plznnn

    WOW, you liberals cried & screamed everytime Bush defended our country from terrorists, from saying of Bin Laden, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, to the policies he put in place to stop terrorism whereever it festered, why after 11 years we have not had another major attack, but now that Bin Laden was killed, you are all pro-military and like the use of force. Liberalism = inconsistency & contraditions, no true principles, just what sounds & feels good at the moment.

    • JSquercia

      Sorry Plznnn that inconsistency , contradictions and no principles seem to apply PERFECTLY to Romney . The only thing consistent with him is his fervor to avoid paying taxes .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1828776920 Suzanne Miller

    Amy Goodman reported on this repeatedly in 2001, but the MSM NEVER got it.

  • Kenneth Bailey

    I recall that day like it was yesterday. I was in northern Nevada drinking coffee and watching CNN. What I saw before me looked like a staged action and not reality. It still did not register until I was on my way to the field to count leks when I was called back to the federal office due to an attack on the US.

    I recall the report by the 9/11 Commission that Bush II, Cheney and Rice all ignored the warnings put forth by our Intelligence Agencies on several occasions. After the fact Bush claimed that Saddam had WMD’s and we needed to declare war on Iraq without giving thought to why his father had not marched on during Desert Storm and take out Saddam Hussein.

    Bush II and Cheney then used the fear tactic on the American public during their second election campaign to scare the voters into voting to them. To this day I am appalled and will never support a GOP candidate no matter how bad our DNC candidate may be. Being lied to and then to find out that administration ignored and proved to be negligent in stopping an attack on our soil not to mention the thousands of people who died on their watch on OUR soil. Are we still fool enough to vote for a draft dodging Mormon not to mention other unsavory deeds committed by this loser?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1391075746 Linda L MacRae

    I think it best for me not to comment on this most sacred day in our history. Let the historians work it out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Merl-Allen/695715159 Merl Allen

    I noticed that the coward GW didn’t look one bit surprised when he was informed of the attack.

  • JRCancio

    I would take to task this reportage; as per the book the “9/11 Report” the former President Clinton was supposed to brief the then President Bush on world affairs; a common respect of all Presidents and where some crossing Presidents where provided weeks of briefing – lowB obJ Billy gave President Bush one hour of his time and twenty-two minutes of that time was lost until the ‘appropriate tea and lemon cookies were provided’. At no time did the name Osama Bin Laden get intelligence agencies. Clinton however had time to get his staff to glue keys on all computer keyboards in white house so they would not work….

    It was Oliver North who first warned of Osama Bin Laden and Clinton and Gore ignored the warning; indeed, Gore stated he had nothing to fear from a person who he could not pronounce his name. It was also Clinton who passed on five individual situations that could have taken Osama out; I read one time he was getting mouth service from Monica and could not be bothered to give the order. The question is how many American lifes could have been saved if Clintion had done his job?

    As the book “9/11 Report” stated, the collective intelligence organizations had been gutted by Clinton and were not able to function with adequate communication nor where they able to put the complete intelligence picture together. President Clinton had been impeached, discredited, dishonored – oh those pesky stains – and how many lies, compounded by futher lies – the Democrats always conveniently forget these truths.

  • JRCancio

    Should read – at no time did the name of Osama Bin Laden get mentioned and how true the extent that all intelligence agencies had been gutted was not conveyed either.

    futher s/b further lies

  • http://twitter.com/Japanman777 SamuraiSam

    Its not all Bushes fault,,, remember he Sudanese government offered the Clinton Administration numerous opportunities to arrest bin Laden. Those opportunities were met positively by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, but spurned when Susan Rice and counter-terrorism czar Richard Clarke persuaded National Security Advisor Sandy Berger to overrule Albright. Ijaz’s claims appeared in numerous Op-Ed pieces, including one in the Los Angeles Times[105] and one in The Washington Post co-written with former Ambassador to Sudan Timothy M. Carney.[106] Similar allegations have been made by Vanity Fair contributing editor David Rose,[107] and Richard Miniter, author of Losing bin Laden, in a November 2003 interview with World.[108]

    Sudan had turned over the infamous terrorist, Carlos the Jackal, to the French. At the VIP lounge of the Khartoum airport, he was surprised by armed members of French intelligence and flown to Paris. He now sits in a French prison. Sudan wanted to repeat that process with Osama bin Laden-but Mr. Clinton wasn’t interested.

    Without Mr. bin Laden, al-Qaeda cannot function as a global entity. Only the force of his personality can hold its various factions together. If Mr. bin Laden was seized in 1996, al-Qaeda would have shattered into many dangerous pieces. Would that end terrorism? No. But it is might well have prevented the 9/11 attacks.

  • ridemybroom

    who….kept us safe…BUSH !…..please ?…..that man couldnt find his head out of his ass if he tried hard enough….nothing more to say there…

  • rconaway

    There was no specific threat that could be targeted by our intelligence communities. The facts they did have were ignored at lower levels or not shared with other intelligence agencies to create a reasonable analysis. Another pathetic attempt at blaming Bush for government failures at many other levels.

  • fordneri

    Everyone in America is far less safe on every level because of Bush, his policies and administration. Bush is a text book case of how destructive cognitive dissonance and the comfirmation bias that justifies it can be. His faith was just another way of saying he was pretending to know what he didn’t know and we are living with the results. Any leader that claims they have been annointed by God to lead should be dismissed out of hand. Their pretending will only lead to similar disasters like the Bush and his administration.

    • Senior8

      And the Muslim-in-Charge of the US now ? Please educate me as to his background,(i.e) schooling,friends,work record, etc) which appears to be all top secret for some reason or other . Please list his “positive” achievements since becoming POTUS. I guess the “disasters” you mention don’t include the past four years of Obama’s administration (i.e) illegal immigration, unemployment,out of control debt, the country in hock to China for how many trillions etc ?…but of course they were all caused by Bush I forgot….

      • fordneri

        Why waste your time and my time regurgitating GOP fantasies and lies. The conservative propagandists say what ever they want because they know their audience is lazy, religious, and stupid and won’t check to see if the statements are true. They believe without evidence and call it faith. I call it pretending to know what you don’t know and then blaming the black guy or immigrant when everything you screwed up falls apart.

  • adler56

    Jebbie is another republican who seems more like a woman than a MAN. His wife and all three of his kids have been arrested at least once- is this the type of family value the Bushes want us to have?

  • 13observer

    Is Bush running again? I thought you could only hold two terms. I thought Mitt Romney was running. I am not infromed like manyt blacks that support Obama…who when asked what they thought about Obama’s VP choice Sarah Palin and responded; “I think she will be good for the people”. You can’t make this sh*t up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000137601331 Mike Bailey

    It was a cluster-f with the previous administration too
    , and in your report you said “they” knew for years. “They” had been in office for 9 months??? Bush ain’t running for president now and let’s not forget, the Sudanese offered Bin Laden up to Clinton two different times and if I remember correctly he refused with the attitude, what would we do with him??? You’re beating a dead horse on this one…. :-/

  • 13observer

    Just google United nations Small Arms Treaty and you will see Hillary Clinton’s brand on it. In fact the Obama administration proposed it so I suppose he must have known something about it…if not….WTF is he doing up there? Also, Eric Holder’s blunder; “Fast & Furious” was an attemt to persuade Americans that the Mexican drug cartels couldn’t operate without guns coming from the U.S. Really, a multi-billion dollar operation and if more guns were taken from law abbiding U.S. citizens, then the drug wars would stop and no one would be killed anymore. Does anybody seriously believe that would stop these cartel killers? Check out the “United Nations Programme Against Small Arms as well Hillary has her “stamp” on this as well with the blessing of Mr. Obama.

  • BiLL Cheng

    something is accidental, something is inevitable;each events has its own seed which was rooted in some series activities.

    The ancient philosophist tell us so.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JMT6C3LHLJDD4RX4NB4KY5ICAE gargray

    What happened to our air defense system? Any airplane that strayed from its destination was intercepted by fighter jets. Remember the movie star’s private plane that the fighter jets were following until it ran out of gas and crashed. Part of the missile defense system to defend this country, someone knows the answer.

  • desertdustoff

    Let’s see…bush and the boys “didn’t bother” to try to mobilize to prevent 9-11, despite numerous intelligence warnings, instead he chose to ignore CIA intelligence officials and listen to his neo con advisors who have no intelligence resources…sound like another rethuglican we currently have running for president…listening to the kochs, the mega rich, the roves, the cheneys of politics? God…the republiskunk American taliban, tea baggers (kkk) are trying to replace one idiot with another. Let’s see…why do we study history? To make sure we don’t make the same mistakes over and over. After viewing the festival of falsehood, the clown convention in Tampa and then comparing it to the clear message from the democratic convention, any one with a lick of brains knows who to vote for. Oh, that’s right, we are dealing with the gop (greedy ol’pedophiles, greed over people)…as ya’ all say down south, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The rethuglican party is like an old dog who is too old to hunt. What do you do? Take it out and euthanize (that’s put it to sleep for some of you good ol’boys) it.

    • Senior8

      The Imposter-in-Chief, I see has his loyal followers regardless…I would have thought that after Odumba’s sheer out of his depth performance (?) in the debate without his rehearsals and Telepromter,would have awakened a touch and sense of reality for the Democrat faithful. Obviously I was wrong on one count ,as evidenced by your comments.That Kool Aid must have some magical properties…….

  • abugabby

    And Bill Clinton ignored repeated terrorist ATTACKS!

  • rustacus21

    To: ElisabethG & DominickV – YES!!! AGREED & so DominickV. whatcha say? Support translates into votes & from what I see here, a base has already been established…

  • rustacus21

    To: DominickV. – RE: retro punishment & on that, enuff said!!! On top of the fact that more ‘good’ was done in 4 than the 2001-2009 could even IMAGINE in 8 – which is what THIS Prez needs to finish the ‘mop-up’ operation (domestic/international) left over STILL from the above former W.H. ‘occupants’…

  • rustacus21

    To: JSquercia; … a VERY expensive, unnecessary ‘Watergate’ get-back, to B sure! But imagine all the lost time, energy & $$$ wasted by ‘distracting’ the President from doing his job & it ending up impacting his predecessor & ushering in the most disasterous 8 yr + period in the nation’s history? Like: the CA law restricting auto exhaust standards (struck down by the SCT-installed exec in ’01)? The continued comprehensive support for Public Education? The gains by Middle Class & aspiring working poor in not just keeping the economy vibrant, but extending the record run of successive years of economic growth & mobility gains for ALL (NOT just the rich!!!) economic demographics? & no 9/11, as the Anti-Terrorism Task Force (structured & managed by one Al Gore) would have remained intact & on the job… Yes, the conservative curse struck in devastating horror & the world is still paying the price…

  • rustacus21

    To: Montanabill; RE: vote 4 Paul ~ Uh… what?… Didn’t he drop out already? If not, as just a political crank, he’s so out of touch, don’t even U wonder about his capabilities 4 the job? But I wonder more about the pressures of events like response to the ’08 economic crisis, the Health Care crisis, the pay-equity issue for women & non-Whites (or even the economic disparity by demographics), how to deal w/Citizens United & the structure of campaign laws favoring greater levels of corruption now, or even what to do about tightening up rules on the banking/investment industries? Heavy-weight stuff 4 a guy his age (i.e., Reagan…)…

  • rustacus21

    To: cpany: … but another thing it does is connect people to a legacy of service to their nation. It doesn’t necessarily mean deploying them for war. There is also a deterrent ‘peace’ dimension to a ready, able fighting force or ‘militia’, which is what the Constitution requires anyway! But Vietnam, covert Central American & Middle East military ‘mischief’ during the Reagan years, as well as the curse of the ‘twin’ wars of the 2001-2009 administration were the fault of the American voter, in not staying vigilant & on top of what our representatives did not – but more importantly – DID allow to pass @the exec level of OUR government. But that’s all history. The future is ahead & on Nov 6, we have a chance to see things continue progressing in a positive direction for 100% of Americans (as opposed to 1% only)…

  • vagringo

    I love these comments about this article. It would be nice to get something that truly wasn’t slated so much in one direction without even 1 bit of some important facts…1 this attack occured 8 months after he went in office. 2 the attacks were planned for over 3 years. If Clinton warned him then why didn’t he catch them first? 3 how do you plan for something like that. 4 you are mistaken by saying his secret service agent telling him. It was his assistant and what is Bush to do in the middle of a reading of books with elemantary kids. They would freak out. Bush was strong and finished then left. Go back and see Bush’s expression when told. 5 Alexander haig on the steps of the capital? I dont recall that but he was in office during President Reagan and he was a lunatic thinking he was the President when Reagan was shot. 6 What did clinton do during the all the attacks at embassies, boats, 1st trade center attack and all the rest? 7 Bush put in laws and steps to track the terrorist better and he went to them directly and knocked them out 8 and now we just got attacked again in Libya….

  • dodge69

    Nice how the left wing radical rag here forgets that clinton was told 32 times about the muslims wanting to learn to fly planes, but did not need to know how to take off or land. Good ole billy bob said that would be ok. Also bin laden was offered to clinton by sudan on 17 occasions. At hthe time he was wanted for embassy bombings and world trade center parking garage bomb. And you expect hussein obama to straighten things out. That pathetic POS could not direct traffic on a one way street

  • Joseph Bishop

    I love it. Libs and dems condemn the war, and then they condemn Bush for not starting the war sooner. Make up your minds. The funny part is they never condemn Clinton who was the one that originally pushed to eliminate Saddam Hussein… Yet Iraq is the part of the war which received the most condemnation. You idiots really make me laugh.

    • leoBr

      you’re really confused.

  • http://twitter.com/JerryKinman Jerry Kinman

    Shame on you, Joe Conason, and others for solely blaming President George W. Bush, and ignoring that 9/11 was a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda operatives, who had been planning for years. There’s no doubt that there were failures of cooperation between law enforcement and the intelligence community in the months prior to 9/11. Those failures should be studied carefully to make sure such an attack doesn’t happen again. But it’s counterproductive to feed the “blame Bush” crowd without good reason.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KIWHMI7F72WDWGDVPREEL7FPDI Richard Holmes

    Te liberals helped make the attacks happen. They want this country destroyed.

  • asonofSocrates

    Really??? Just because the NYT (not an unbiased publication by any means) makes a claim it is truth? No matter what the 9/11 Commission says. No matter that Clinton had 4 years to eliminate Osama after we were attacked numerous times by him before 9/11 and didn’t. Not to mention the Bush White House was new and in transition. How about the fact the White House had known for years the threat of Osama (under Clinton) and did nothing. Bush went into the countries with boots on ground and decimated Al Qaeda. After 9/11 no more attacks in the US beyond a few from radical isolated nutcases. Only after a Democratic president came to power, and we quit the war in Iraq, and put PC constraints on forces in Afghanistan has Al Qaeda come to life again (and the Taliban) and now our embassies are overrun, burned, with Islamic flags flying tall over them, and the bodies of our ambassadors coming home, while Marines are disarmed and unable to defend our own people. And you want to criticize Bush??? Really???? You are kidding me right???

  • asonofSocrates

    Seems to me that the NYT and other liberal “news” sources are coming up so empty to have anything of substance to say ab0ut Obama, that they realize the best chance they have on national security issues is to go back in time 11 years to Bush bash. 11 years ago — different people. Romney is not Bush any more than Obama is Carter. How about we talk about the actual folks we have to decide between for leadership rather than people of the past and figments of our imagination?

    Besides, who was warned in the past week about an impending attack on 9/11 on US embassies and chose to disarm Marines? Hmmm…. And that wasn’t 11 years ago. It wasn’t even 11 days ago. Who after 11 years of war didn’t even think to issue an alert on the anniversary 0f 9/11 to exposed State Department staff that they might want to watch over their shoulders on that day?

    You want to talk about incompetence, then do so, in a context of time that truly matters to today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clark-Gertner/1431573789 Clark Gertner

    This article, along with most of the posts I have read, is total partisan garbage. Everybody and their sister Sarah knew that UBL/Al Qaeda wanted to attack the U.S. So what? The Brits had fuzzy INTEL, The Russians/Chechnians had fuzzy INTEL, the Israelis had fuzzy INTEL, the U.S. had fuzzy INTEL but nobody knew the who, what ,when, where, and how necessary to act upon it. Most sources thought small planes would probably be the weapon of choice. Simply look at the push-back Americans exerted against security measures put in place after 9-11. No one, and I mean no one, would have stood for any of that prior to 9-11. SO! How was anyone going to prevent something they had absolutely zero hard info about, from happening? The real failure is the historic culture of compartmentation prevalent in the FBI and CIA, in which they just would not share INTEL.

    You want to point fingers? Start with Clinton who didn’t think UBL was a threat for most of his presidency, then refused to get him because UBL was a “civilian” and Clinton feared an international uproar over taking him out (and possible criminal charges). Previous accounts say Clinton had 8 chances to get UBL and passed. A recent book says that he actually had 17 chances. I don’t know which, if either, is true but if Clinton had taken him out while UBL was still more visible, 9-11 would be just another day of the week now. Clinton made one half-hearted attempt (after effectively warning UBL through the Saudis that it was about to happen) and missed.

  • tahirmylink

    Whatever the americans have paid in terms of dollars, anti-americanism, lives etc. , there should be no room for the war mongers in the coming election.

    • Senior8

      So you’re assuming that American Muslims should have no room and won’t be able to vote then ?!

  • tahirmylink

    The americans should not vote the war mongers, republicans, they are filling their pockets in the name of the american stability and security. The indices of the weapon industry is the proof. Is america lesser vulnerable in the post 9-11 world? There are arguments to defend with words of mouth, but the reality is, the anti-americanism is on its climax worldwide. Instead of killings and torture, the americans could win the hearts by spending on the deprived nations. Its too late, NOW.

    • Senior8

      I agree that the deprived nation (USA) should have more money spent on it ,instead of the millions of aid it sends to “non-allies” like Pakistan,Egypt etc. You may not have heard ,but the USA is rapidly deteriorating in the world’s estimation because of a government that is turning it into a Socialist nation totally ignoring/changing the principles of what the country was founded upon. As Odumba repeatedly states each time there is a terrorist attack “We are not at war with Islam,we’re at war with Al-Qu’aeda” Hello-o-ooo …they are Muslim ….and the Americans started the war ?!!

      “The Americans should win the hearts by spending on deprived nations” ? How about other nations doing that as well ? Please name some who are doing so….. and your nationality is ??

      Let’s all join hands shall we,sing Kumbaya and everything will be great and we’ll all live happily ever after !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Emma-Brown/100000519607378 Emma Brown

    bush is involved an aeroplane cant make a building collapse in itself like that that was a bomb if you go on youtube and search house demolition you get the answer! if it really was a plane the top bit would have came off! Plus the plane was coming from america how did they know the “terrorists” were from iran/iraq? and wow there was petrol too. I mean seriously man im not fool!

    • Senior8

      “I mean seriously, man im no fool ! ” Really ??!! Have you read and understood what you wrote ??? ! Thanks for the laugh though !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000404053165 Edna Norman

    I agree with you all, George W. Bush was and is a joke. He cared about nothing but money and oil. Creating a big war lives are being lost for greed. My prayers go out to the military families who lost or have a love one fighting these ridiculous wars. I get national security but this reminds me of the Vietnam war no purpose, that wasn’t our war to fight. All you that was under Bush reign how do you sleep at night? I pray for you also. How can there be peace when the rich want to get richer off the poor.

    VOTE OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Senior8

      As a Vietnam Vet I resent your remark about the purpose of that war,but of course I take your comments with a grain (or two) of salt,as the more you comment the more obvious your knowledge level is. Keep drinking the KoolAid and keep your head in the sand ,otherwise you may have to face the real facts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000404053165 Edna Norman

    You know have you ever thought about when you are deciding to vote for someone and it seems that they have all the answers. and every thing sounds good and we get all excited. about what they say they can do. There is one important factor that I wondered about for years, you hollering and screaming for votes. Give me at least one example of how can you get us out Dept, Lowering the unemployment rate. More money for schools lower tuition
    control crime in hour neighborhoods. Let that thought marinate for awhile . I know it’s gonna take more than four years to clean this mess up. That they are blaming President Obama for. He might have made couple mistakes but he is on the right track. And Michele Obama is such a graceful lovely woman I thank her for love and knowledge.

    • Senior8

      “Obama might have made a COUPLE of mistakes “. ????!!!You are “having us on” aren’t you !? If you did not get an inkling of the intelligence level of Obama without his pre-rehearsals and Teleprompter on his first debate with Romney ,then I think you are refusing to face the reality of his incompetence.
      Please visit Planet Earth soonest and take a look around at what the real world is about. He has blamed Bush for everything ,including his own failed “initiatives” since 2008,and you think he is on the “right track”,but just needs more time !

  • shawn heubel

    Typical liberals blame bush, never mind that obama’s policy of appeasement has alienated our greatest ally and given rise to the arab “Spring”, which normal people call terrorism or the fact that his economic policies have left us 3 times further in debt than 4 years ago(didn’t he say bush was irresponsible for 3 trillion in eight years) how irresponsible is 5 trillion in four years. Appeasement didn’t work in 1942 and it sure isn’t working now. That coupled with our lack of power due to our debt has made us into the foreign policy eunich. But lets keep blaming bush, I’m sure at least half of the country morons will follow you.

  • shawn heubel

    Talk about “OUR” bad boy. What about Mubarack and Gaddahfi? Our bad boys were run out of office and killed with “OUR” support and what do we get in return, attacks on ourconsulate and the murder of a U.S. diplomat. Wonderful foreign policy Mr. Obama, keep up the great work and we will probably get nuked in the next four years!

  • shawn heubel

    Really, were did those facts come from? Weere you friends with them too?

  • shawn heubel

    except for the guy released from gitmo who was involved in the death of J Christopher Stephens. Yeah you know him, he’s one of the Obama admins “Harmless” people locked up by the big bad bush administration. Hey I know lets close gitmo and set them all free! Sound familiar, it should, that’s the president all of you vote for

  • jimmf

    This article is nothing more than partisan garbage. The facts show the terrorists were training here on our homeland and meeting frequently to plan 9/11 a full year before Bush got into office. Bin Laden committed attacks on U.S. interests and was a well-known threat to America. Starting in 1995, the State Department reports described Bin Laden as one of the most dangerous terrorists in the world and Clinton did next to nothing to get Bin Laden. The most Clinton could do was shoot ten million dollar missiles into ten dollar mudhuts.

    Even the 1998 Reader’s Digest headline had a picture of Bin L:aden with the caption: “This man wants you dead”. The Clinton administration stood by and watched the precursor attacks on the US. This well is chronicled in the book, “LOSING BIN LADEN, How Bill CLinton’s Failures Unleashed Global Terror”.

    There is one thing that is absolutely certain. Bush inherited the national security failures of Bill Clinton.

    • Senior8

      Considering that Slick Willy Clinton had Bin Laden handed to him on a plate during his stint in office,and refused to act…Of course he wasn’t guilty of anything like that just as he “didn’t have sex with that women ” !! He shouldn’t even be walking free for lying under oath to Congress,just as this present imposter -in-office should be sent to the political wilderness with his band of incompetents next month..

  • oskar

    On the other hand, Bush was surprised with the biggest inside attack you could think of. It was so sudden and surprised us all. He went after them alright, and it was a good thing. Yes, it cost USA a whole lot of money and heartache, but imagine if he did not go after them? he just could not sit and wait for the next attack. He did well and we must not forget the facts. I am not even supporting him, but i feel the truth must be said.

    • Senior8

      Of course it was an “inside” job by the Conservatives and the Dumbocrats can vouch for that !

  • p. fromer

    Right on, both of you.
    Vive l”Amerique
    Pauline N. Fromer
    Capestrano Italy

  • Lori Winston

    I’m sorry, but it takes American’s 11 years to realize this man and his administration failed to protect us, then were shameful and despicable enough to use it to promote themselves as our heros and protectors?

    What American watched our President on TV sitting with the little children and didn’t realize he was totally incapable of getting up and addressing this crisis until his staff wrote him a a statement!!!

    What fools we can be.

    • Senior8

      “What fools we can be ” !! Such a profound statement after 4 years of disastrous Obama and his band of incompetents ! As the saying goes”You can fool SOME of the people ALL of the time,ALL of the people SOME of the time,but you can’t fool ALL of the people ALL of the time” !….and you’re voting for whom this time around ? :-)

  • Daniel Jesús Valencia Sánchez

    Wow. I thought this was going to be a serious piece, the first paragraph of anti-Republican blather is a strong invitation for any serious reader to stop reading.

    «During the festival of falsehood held by Republicans in Tampa two weeks ago, perhaps the very biggest lie emanated from the mouth of Jeb Bush, the Florida politician, entrepreneur, and potential heir to the GOP presidential dynasty.»

    How much did former president Obama pay you to write this propaganda, Sir?

  • maias

    The neo-cons Project New American Century required a catastrophic unifying event such as “a second pearl Harbour” for them to implement their programme, so why would they act to prevent it from happening?

    Little wonder George W Bush, then president who swore under oath to protect America, refused to give evidence under oath, and only appeared provided no notes were taken and Dick Cheney was there to hold his hand.

    • Senior8

      And now the Third catastrophic event took place in 2008 with the election of the Imposter-in-Chief .A President with a completely mysterious background that he has spent so much effort and money ensuring it isn’t released to the public and you have no problem with that ? ! Of course he did win the Nobel Prize after SIX MONTHS in office with NO accomplishments,so the people should be more concerned with this whole farce. To be fooled once is forgivable,but a second time totally stupid and unforgivable when it comes to the highest position in the country ! It’s over to you.

      • maias

        The article is not about Barack Obama- it’s about Jeb Bush claiming his broither George kept America safe! In fact, didn’t George W Bush ignore all the warning signs that an attack was imminent?

        Re your “to be fooled once etc” quote. You should have quoted George W Bush’s attampt at that! “There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again.” —President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002.

        It’s not over to me – it’s over to the American people whether they vote in someone who is refusing to get his country dragged into unwinnable and costly laws, or Mitt Rpmney who seems determined to prove he is a Man by declaring he will attack Iran – opening the way for yet another false flag attack/incident by your erstwhile Middle East ally determined to sacrifice the lives of US soldiers to achiev it’s long term aims.

  • dcmortimer

    Clinton had 8 years to get bin laden and did nothing Bush was president for 10 months give me a break .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BOIMB3TLKH5FPTCMURCFO75WDU Gary

    the republican party was so politcally predatory during the Clinton years they could focus on nothing else but the democratic scourge in the White House. Clinton was seen as public enemy #1 hence the silly impeachment exercise and total distraction from our true threat to our national security. Bush’s reaction in the classroom to the attack on 9/11 showed just how bad it really was. he was caught with his pants down and his pecker was caught in the zipper. the taking of innocent lives can never be truly justified as an act of war. On that day God became a victim.

    • Joseph Bishop

      As opposed to when Obama couldnt even be found as our embassy was under attack for 8 hours. Then he tried to act like it was an unexpected attack due to a youtube video even though it was on 9-11

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4Z3R54WY7N2O54LBI5O3PEHFPY LaoShur

    There is no doubt in my mind that 911 was a false flag operation designed to put profits into the pockets of the Bush criminal empire and bring America much closer to becoming a full fledged oligarchical, fascist police state. Ever since “The Halloween Massacre” when Rumsfeld, Cheney and Bush where selected, or should I say “tapped”, by the Ford admin, this crime family has been instrumental in helping to push America into the arms of fascism. In fact it has always struck me as odd that H.W. Bush couldn’t remember where he was the day JFK was assassinated, yet he has been hammering his contempt for anyone that doesn’t buy into the Warren Commission findings, simply because Ford put his seal of approval on the report! There is SOOOO much more that I could add, but that would take 50.000 more words!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JWGCFC7IQZNAH7CWTWOUTJW3LQ MaryM

    We have food labeling laws in this country. Why is genetically modified food exempt from the law? I want to know what’s in my food and I’m not buying it if I’m not sure it’s safe to eat.

  • outerreef

    NEW YORK TIMES , A SOURCE OF HARD INFO ? – THEY HATED BUSH BEFORE AND DURING HIS PRESIDENCY – THEY LOVED CLINTON AND OBAMA BEFORE AND DURING THEIR PRESIDENCIES – SOURCES COUNT OR DISCOUNT ANYTHING THIS WRITER HAS TO CONTRIBUTE .

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Clark-Gertner/1431573789 Clark Gertner

    You’re not just a moron, you’re the mother of all morons and full of partisan crap! No one had any hard INTEL of any pending attack. Not the CIA, not the FBI, not MI-6, not INTERPOL, not the Mossad, not the KGB, not the Boy Scouts, NOBODY! Everybody and their sister Fred knew that Al Qaeda wanted to attack us but we were missing a few pieces of essential information, such as WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE and HOW. If Bush had attempted to put in place a single security measure of the kind implememted AFTER 9-11, he would have been crucified. Even after 9-11, the uproard was deafening. About the only thing we had any hint about was that it might involve private planes. Clinton had numerous opportunities to get OBL (at least 8 and a recent book says 17) and refused because he was scared of the repercussions from using lethal force on a “civilian”. When he finally decided to take a crack at it, OBL was at a hunting camp with a Saudi Prince (who was reportedly delivering $50 Million to OBL), so Clinton warned the king that he needed to get his son out of there before he gave the nod to launch the missiles. Even my little sister could have told you that OBL would not hang around long after that warning and, sure enough, OBL was gone when the missiles arrived, which prompted Bush’s later remark about firing a missile into a tent and hitting a camel in the butt. Because Clinton booted the one shot he took and OBL went into hiding which resulted in us spending many millions of taxpayers’ dollars fruitlessly hunting him down in Tora Bora. Liberals are nothing if not totally delusional. Obama is now your poster boy for “It’s not my fault! Bush did it”. Well, he’d better get off that BS in term 2 of he’ll pull way ahead of Carter and the worst president in history. Shut up, put on your big boy boxers, and take responsibility for what you screw up.

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