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    Bush's team was briefed at the highest levels of urgency by the departing Clinton administration.  They were warned again and again that there was a serious threat, even specifically about airplanes into buildings.

    Simply put, they chose to trashcan just about everything Clinton did, said, and stood for, and in doing so lost our grip on the Bin Laden situation, our prosperity, our international reputation, and our stability.

    Plus, recall, the Bushes and the Bin Ladens go way back- they have a lot of bidness interests in common.  There was not a lot of motivation for a Bush to take out Bin Laden.

    until now, when he would be a super nice entree at the Republican October Surprise Cotillion that they are frantically pulling together.

    •  Sources? (none)
      Do you have a source for your claim that Clinton told Bush that there was a serious threat?

      Clinton had the opportunity to have bin Laden taken out and let it go.

      There is plenty of blame to go around. No attempt to lay it all at the foot of Bush is going to fly.

      Intelligence gathering capabilities were decimated when Clinton made the new rule preventing the CIA from recruiting so-called "shady characters". This meant that the CIA couldn't recruit Al-Qaida members or for that matter Iragi officials to get inside information.

      Kerry sponsored a bill to cut CIA intelligence gathering funding. The excuse was that he didn't like the CIA relying on high tech. The reality is that high tech was all the CIA COULD use because of the new rules.

      Now people are trying to lay the blame for these failures on either Bush or the CIA as if the Democrats will somehow be protected from the resulting fallout.

      Do you think the Bush administration is going to sit idly by and take the heat? Or do you think that they will use the information mentioned above to spread the blame?

      There are plenty of real issues to attack Bush on that will stick. Why waste resources on those that either won't stick or will likely backfire?

      Catapultatem Habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum immane mittam.

      by Sasquatch on Mon Feb 09, 2004 at 08:24:01 PM PST

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