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When Condoleeza Rice recently spoke at the RNC convention to thundering applause, I was flabbergasted. Here is the first US Secretary of State to preside over a deadliest attack on US soil and who not only ignored warnings that 'Bin Ladin (was) Determined To Strike in US' but was also a key player of the introduction of torture into the United States' acceptable war policies.

The same goes for her boss, George W. Bush. Here is also the first president of the US to allow the deaths of 3000 people in the US at the hands of a known but ignored enemy of the country. Yet, it is not fashionable in the MSM to criticize either Bush or Rice for their dereliction of duty. That is, until this opinion piece in the the NY Times yesterday, which lays out the short-sighted, arrogant and lazy manner in which the Bush administration blew off warnings of Bin Laden's intentions.

In a political climate where Obama is blamed for just about every failure of the United States since George Washington, where pre-election anti-Obama movies and the de rigeur Bob Woodward expose all designed to make the president look bad and influence the election abound, it is refreshing to see some factual and dispassionate reportage of the reality of the run-up to the biggest military blunder of US history.

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,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.

Go ahead and read it. It's about time. Americans have a short memory. Lest they not forget all those who died or remain disfigured and permanently injured because of the arrogance and sloth of the Bush bluster.

X-posted at Let Freedom Rain.

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  •  Deaf, Dumb and Blind and Why (4+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, tcdup, Smoh, Russgirl

    They were looking for an excuse pointed at Iraq, but any War would do, 'strong on national defense' thing:

    Drip, drip, drip, ""He recalled noting that: "the dog didn't bark - it grizzled." Don't forget - this 'grizzling' for regime change was 6 months BEFORE 9/11."". drip, drip, drip, ""But there was a 'sea change' in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage."", drip, drip, drip, ""George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time."", drip, drip, drip, ""There was "a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn't worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light"."", drip, drip, drip, ""Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US adminstration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information"", drip, drip, drip...........!

    Written Transcripts by Date of each session.

    Above are just some of what came out in the early days of the Brit Iraq War Inquiry, final submission delayed till next year.

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:09:51 AM PDT

  •  For the Love of God! (5+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, tcdup, Smoh, marty marty, Russgirl

    Can we please keep these Neo-Cons away from the Whitehouse?

    It sickens me to see Dan Senor and others playing a prominent foreign policy role with the Romney campaign.

    Please, please, please...

    Mojo?!?! What mojo?

    by xopher on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 03:27:26 AM PDT

  •  Condi was not the (6+ / 0-)

    secretary of state on 9/11, she was a security adviser.  The SOS was Collin Powell

  •  another reason why Condi Rice will not run for (2+ / 0-)
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    tcdup, subtropolis

    President or VP, or even be nominated for a high Cabinet post in a future GOP administration.  If she runs, or if she is so nominated for such a Cabinet post, all of this history - with more facts available to us today than were available to us in the years immediately following 2001 (for example, during the 2004 campaign) - will be thrown in her (and her party's) face.  She'll be asked about it on the campaign trail or in a confirmation hearing.  She has avoided answering these questions in all the years since 2011.  She has NEVER - repeat NEVER - been asked these questions under oath.  Smart people in the GOP want to avoid re-hashing all that - so they would not really want her as the nominee for Pres or VP.

  •  Was he really deaf, or just pretending to be? (1+ / 0-)
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    marty marty

    In any event, it is really really amazing how pretty much each and every instance of gross "incompentence" greatly, greatly benefited his base.

    At some point, one almost has to conclude that goes beyond the "coincidence theory" level . . . .  unless, like most everyone in the USA (including many at this site) one is too firmly in the thrall of the MIC.

  •  Did anyone see Eichenwald (1+ / 0-)
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    on Morning Joe today?  I turned it on at the very end of the interview, got the impression he was not well-received.  And there was Mika thanking George Pataki for "standing his ground", which I'm guessing referred to defending the Bush administration, but maybe I'm wrong.

    •  Pataki had a screaming fit at Eichenwald. But (1+ / 0-)
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      Eichenwald did not back down.  These republicans sure stick up for each other.  Why don't people scream that the Attorney General Ashcroft refused to fly on a plane for months before the 9/11 attack.  

  •  2001 (0+ / 0-)

    I'm still not sure exactly what the administration could have done to prevent 9/11.  Obviously they didn't take the threat as seriously as they should have, but even if they had it's not clear what they could have done to stop it from happening.  The key people in the attacks were already in the country and were laying pretty low.  I'd like to think a Gore administration could have uncovered it in time, but how?

    History will be kind to us because we will write it.

    by Sky Net on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 05:12:16 AM PDT

  •  I wish we'd get away from using disabilities... (0+ / 0-) metaphors.  You could, if you're into it, used them all: this or that politician was deaf, dumb, blind, bipolar, autistic (that one is popular in Colombia, for an arbitrarily single-minded figure), right on down to crippled and retarded.  But we know the last one isn't cool so I'm not sure on what basis the others are.  We need more outright abuse in our political discourse, especially in preference to unwittingly abusing innocent bystanders with the alternatives.

    Romney '12: Berlusconi without the sex and alcohol!

    by Rich in PA on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 05:41:25 AM PDT

  •  Bush, Rumsfeld, and Cheney should be in prison. (1+ / 0-)
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    marty marty

    Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em. --Casey Stengel

    by LongTom on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 06:56:56 AM PDT

  •  It's rather appalling that Obama hasn't created (0+ / 0-)

    a truth and reconciliation commission around the Iraq fiasco. Even more than Vietnam, this was a war that not only did not need to be fought, it was created out of a web of lies by a warmongering administration. And then, after the military easily won the war on the ground, the administration lost it by the worst series of boneheaded decisions in the history of occupying armies.

    Had Obama decided to clear the air about Iraq, there wouldn't be all this chatter now about bombing Iran.

    Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em. --Casey Stengel

    by LongTom on Tue Sep 11, 2012 at 07:10:19 AM PDT

    •  We had a 9/11 commission....what a joke. If (0+ / 0-)

      everybody didn't agree on a statement - it could not be put in the report.  Condi had her person leading the commission.  

      All of these commissions from the shooting of JKF to 9/11 have been a joke and a cover-up.

  •  There was an investigative report by former Gov (0+ / 0-)

    Ventura about the pentagon bombing/plane/missle.  There was no remainder of an airplane, no luggage, no wheels, nothing.  A clean lawn.  Hole too small for a 577.

    Ventura reported that Rumsfeld reported that $2.3T was missing in defense spending with no documentation.  Amazing that the area of the pentagon that was hit  contained all of the computers and data and people (34 army employees) who found the discrepancies.  There was an employee named April Gillespie who had her infant with her at work.  When the wall blew out she grabbed her child by her onsie and walked out the hole in the wall.  Gillespie was the only one in that room that made it out.

    The 911 commission did not call people like Gillespie, who had pertinent information that would not fit their conclusion.

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