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  •  Well (none)
    The problem is that Bush didn't seem interested in the terrorism issue. There is no way that we can say that he or Gore (if he had won the election) would have been able to foil 9/11, but what is clear is that Rice et al didn't seem interested in the issue at the time.
    •  Putie-Poot (none)
      George's good buddy says he warned the U.S.

      In an MSNBC interview on Sept. 15, Russian President Putin stated he had ordered Russian intelligence to warn the U.S. government "in the strongest possible terms" of imminent assaults on airports and government buildings before the attacks on Sept. 11. No credible information has emerged from any source indicating that Putin omitted the above information when issuing the warning.

      German police, monitoring the phone calls of a jailed Iranian man, learned the man was telephoning U.S. intelligence agencies last summer to warn of an imminent attack on the World Trade Center in the week of Sept. 9. German officials confirmed the calls to the U.S. government for the story but refused to discuss additional details.

      •  That Putin interview on MSNBC (none)
        never happened as far as I can tell.  It has been repeated over and over.

        But Putin was somewhere in the former Soviet Union that day (I forget where) and I've been unable to find any interview with Putin by any US news agency that day.

        The Oval Office: Because there are no corners, there is nowhere to make the President sit when he has shamed the nation.

        by BooMan23 on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 10:25:28 PM PST

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        •  Sorry about that (4.00)
          Nor can I. Given Putin's statements on Iraq, we'll disregard him entirely.  We do have a summary:

          Newspapers in Germany, France, Russia and London reported in the months before September 11th of a blizzard of warnings delivered to the Bush administration from all points on the compass. The German intelligence service BND warned American and Israeli agencies that terrorists were planning to hijack commercial aircraft and use them as weapons to attack important American targets. Egypt warned of a similar plane-based plot against Bush during the G-8 summit in Genoa last June, a warning taken so seriously that anti-aircraft batteries were placed around Columbus Airport in Italy.

          Russian intelligence services notified the CIA that 25 terrorist pilots had been trained for suicide missions, and Putin himself confirmed that this warning was delivered "in the strongest possible terms" specifically regarding threats to airports and government buildings. In that same month, the Israeli security agency Mossad issued a warning to both the FBI and CIA that up to 200 bin Laden followers were planning a major assault on America, aimed at vulnerable targets. The Los Angeles Times later confirmed via unnamed US officials that the Mossad warnings had been received.

    •  not interested? I don't think so... (none)
      they wanted it to happen so (duh) they could invade a middle eastern country that most Americans couldn't pass a geography location test on.  Catastrophic success!
    •  The difference though... (none)
      is striking.

      When Clinton got word, the White House shifted gears.

      It's unclear that the Bush administration accepts that gears exist.

      •  they exist (none)
        but only if Clinton never had anything to do with them.

        It's just like the kid who refuses to listen to his parents because they're telling him what he doesn't want to hear. The fact that they're right isn't the issue. Actually, the fact that they're right makes it MORE likely that he will do the exact opposite, just to prove them WRONG.

        Which doesn't happen, because they're RIGHT. He'd never admit it though.

        •  "they exist" is an interesting theory, (none)
          In otherwords,, 9/11 happened because of the Bush administration's "informed petulance."

          I.e, "I hear what you are saying, but I don't have to follow up because of the Clinton staff source, and  because it's from the  evil Clinton side, my indifferece is superior."

          It's perfectly obvious. If N. Korea uses nukes on Japan the US should invade Venezuela.

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