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Jeb is dead wrong; W was responsible for 9/11 Attacks. His advisors ignored warnings.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Hundreds of thousands of innocent lives slaughtered.
  3. Destabilized the Middle East, which led to the formation of ISIS.
  4. Plunged U.S. into debt to the tune of $3 trillion.
  5. Officially sanctioned torture as American foreign policy.
  6. Invaded the wrong country.
  7. Let the real terrorists get away.
  8. Gave safe sanctuary to the Bin Ladens.
  9. Alienated the rest of the world; created hatred for America that lasts to this day.
  10. Destroyed Iran’s number one enemy.

So go ahead and flame away, Donald. You finally got one right.



George Will Lashes Out At Rape Victims

Ever since the age of Reagan, America has been under assault from the right—the purveyors of violence, intolerance, hatred, impious sanctimony, and remorseless greed. One of its high ministers, George Will, the soft-spoken, bow-tied spewer of filth, has unleashed his pathological demons in regular Washington Post, ABC, and now Fox News diatribes. His latest column is a new low in right-wing callousness. He calls college students victimized by rape “entitled…privileged young adults.” That’s right, George, who probably never got laid in college and is lashing out at coeds whom he thinks put out for everybody but him, is fuming with righteous indignation at those who dare to report being sexually assaulted. Whatever happened to the law-and-order wing of the Republican Party? Conservatives now condone armed insurrection by backwoods, imbecilic, gun-toting bigots; billionaire tax cheats; Tea Party death threats against a sitting President; and now rape on college campuses. Please bring back that raging law-and-order liberal Richard Nixon.

Read for yourself what George wrote:

“…when they (college students and administrators) make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate. And academia’s progressivism has rendered it intellectually defenseless now that progressivism’s achievement, the regulatory state, has decided it is academia’s turn to be broken to government’s saddle.
“Consider the supposed campus epidemic of rape, a.k.a. ‘sexual assault.’

“…(a) woman reported that she had been raped. Now the Obama administration is riding to the rescue of ‘sexual assault’ victims. It vows to excavate equities from the ambiguities of the hookup culture, this cocktail of hormones, alcohol and the faux sophistication of today’s prolonged adolescence of especially privileged young adults.”

[Note to the reader: Let me interpret the above paragraph from “Will-ese” into plain English—“How dare the Obama administration try to prevent rape on college campus. These snotty young punks who voted for our Kenyan president need to feel the shame and devastation of good old-fashioned, violent, forcible sex. Serves them right for being leftists with enough money to go to college. I’m the only one who deserves money and privilege in America, because I am more sophisticated and eloquent than those rotten brats ever will be. God I’m getting turned on by the very sick sexual fantasies daddy used to force on me.”]

George’s next paragraph needs no interpretation: “Meanwhile, the newest campus idea for preventing victimizations — an idea certain to multiply claims of them — is ‘trigger warnings.’ They would be placed on assigned readings or announced before lectures. Otherwise, traumas could be triggered in students whose tender sensibilities would be lacerated by unexpected encounters with racism, sexism, violence (dammit, Hamlet, put down that sword!) or any other facet of reality that might violate a student’s entitlement to serenity.”

George is okay with hundreds of thousands of college students being raped. A recent New York Times article reported that one in five female college students are victims of rape. And since most never even come forward to report it, the real number is much higher.

I have posted a link on Twitter @tpfleming to have George fired from the Washington Post.