Recently Donald Trump has taken much criticism for blaming the 9/11 attacks on George W. Bush. Bush’s brother Jeb has been particularly incensed. Jeb’s outrage has gone unchallenged by the major media, of course, because they has a hard time remembering what happened yesterday much less 14 years ago. Since no real fact-checking of Trump’s claim is taking place, I have done a little research myself, and it turns out Trump is absolutely correct. Trump has shoveled a lot of political manure the last few months, but putting the blame for 9/11 on the George W. Bush administration is absolutely justified.
According to a New York Times article written by Kurt Eichenwald and published on Sept. 10, 2012, W and his cabinet had ample warning of the impending terrorist attacks. Eichenwald wrote, “On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s presidential daily brief — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: ‘Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.’ A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.”
And this was not the only briefing on Al Qaeda ignored by W’s administration. Eichenwald reported that “…the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release [are even worse]. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it. The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that ‘a group presently in the United States’ was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be imminent.”
So, yes, it is irrefutable that W and his bungling advisors stood by and did nothing as Al Qaeda planned its attack. No administration has ever been so negligent or culpable in failing to protect U.S. soil. But it doesn’t stop there. Bush’s incompetence wrought catastrophic devastation in the days and years after 9/11:
- He squandered the surplus left him by Bill Clinton when wasted trillions on an unnecessary war and enriched his crony defense contractors (Halliburton, Carlyle, Blackwater, etc.) for shoddy work.
- Hundreds of thousands of innocent lives slaughtered.
- Destabilized the Middle East, which led to the formation of ISIS.
- Plunged U.S. into debt to the tune of $3 trillion.
- Officially sanctioned torture as American foreign policy.
- Invaded the wrong country.
- Let the real terrorists get away.
- Gave safe sanctuary to the Bin Ladens.
- Alienated the rest of the world; created hatred for America that lasts to this day.
- Destroyed Iran’s number one enemy.
So go ahead and flame away, Donald. You finally got one right.