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  •  Gorbachev: Soviet military budget increased 1% or (5+ / 0-)

    so, annually, over the Reagan years. There simply was no military buildup in response the US.

    As to Clancy: I'll mainly remember him -- and what? 2 million readers -- as among those who could 'foresee that someone would use airplanes in an attack' which Bush and Condoleeza Rice claimed no one could foresee. Sometimes I wonder where al-qaeda got the idea for 9/11 in the first place.


    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 10:25:02 AM PDT

    •  Rice knew she was lying. (5+ / 0-)

      Of course Richard Clarke desperately tried to warn her as well as Bush and she blew him off. I'm guessing she knew that her boss didn't take it seriously so she figured she shouldn't either.

      She was an inexperienced, shallow hack. She had brains, to be sure. She wasn't by any means the worst of the bunch. But she blew that call by a mile and she knew it.

      Hard core Bush apologists get SOOO furious when you bring up the infamous PDB memo. They know how it went down. They fucked up royally, and they know it.

      You can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America.

      by Eric Stratton on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 11:06:42 AM PDT

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      •  Fuck, it's worse than that. Rice and her Husbident (4+ / 0-)
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        Bush were at the Genoa G8 Summit in July 2001, where the city was closed down to all air-traffic, the meeting site had anti-aircraft guns on the roof, and Rice and Bush were domiciled on a US battle ship because intelligence had it that al-qaeda planned to crash a plane into the building where the meeting was held. http://www.buzzflash.com/...


        Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

        by Jim P on Thu Oct 03, 2013 at 11:29:43 AM PDT

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