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911 Happened on Bush's Watch
scottmalensek.com ^ | 091011 | Scott Malensek

Posted on 09/11/2006 4:26:06 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas

911 Happened on Bush’s Watch

As we approach the fifth anniversary of the 911 attacks, it’s time to face some facts. 911 DID happen on President Bush’s watch. He was in charge. The fault for letting the attacks happen rests with the top of the pyramid.

The man deserved to be held accountable. Some would have preferred impeachment since it would have offered a partisan chance to avenge the impeachment of President Clinton 8years ago (still perceived by many as having been unwarranted). Lacking impeachment, there should have at least been a national referendum on the Presidency of George W Bush. Oh wait…I’m sorry, there was one. It was the 2004 election.

Rather than voting to remove the man who was in charge on Sept 11, 2001, the American people voted to keep him in office. They saw that the attack was well underway when he took office, and it was too far in motion to stop at the last minute. Regardless of the outcome, his trial by national vote has forced President Bush to account for his actions and his inactions in his first term. The American people chose to re-elect him.

With the blame for HOW the attacks succeeded resolved, people have to ask an even more important question about the 911 attacks. It’s the question that the 911 Commission mentioned, hid in plain sight, and then buried with supplemental data. WHY? We know why the attacks succeeded (or at least 75% of them did), but why were they launched? The answer is as simple as asking, “Why was Al Queda even revived after the Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan?” Finding the answers requires going back in history, examining the actions of previous Presidents, examining their impact on history, and facing their consequences.

The 911 Commission tells us vaguely why Osama Bin laden revived Al Queda after the Soviets left Afghanistan. They tell us why he started attacking the United States in December 1992.

“He inveighed against the presence of U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia, the home of Islam’s holiest sites.” … “He spoke of the suffering of the Iraqi people as a result of sanctions imposed after the Gulf War, “ … “and he protested U.S. support of Israel.” -911 Commission Final Report; pg 49

Throughout the late 1990’s-particularly around the time Osama authorized the 911 plot to be set in motion, Al Queda focused increasingly on Iraq. Even Bin Laden experts like Peter Bergen point out that the rhetoric from Osama was becoming increasingly violent from 1996 forward. Of course, Bergen and others can’t fathom why the rhetoric was focusing more on Iraq, becoming more violent, or why each of the Bin Laden’s 1996+ declarations of war came within days of confirmed meetings between Al Queda’s strategic planner, second in command, Dr Ayman al Zawahiri and Iraqi officials (often these meetings took place in Baghdad).

Whenever there was a crisis over UN/Iraq sanctions and/or WMD inspections…Iraq would have a meeting with Al Queda’s #2 man, Bin Laden would declare war again, and/or an attack on the US was set in motion. This happened in 1996, in Feb 1998, in May 1998 (when the African Embassy Bombings were set in motion), and finally in December 1998 (when the 911 plot was finally authorized by Bin Laden).

History-like hindsight- is 20:20. The simple fact is that Al Queda never would have been reborn if President Bush Sr. had invaded Iraq. Al Queda never would have been reborn if Clinton would have invaded Iraq. Bin Laden wouldn’t have been able to declare war based on: the presence of US forces in Saudi (waging air war on Iraq) or the US-lead blockade/sanctions on Iraq (as cited by the 911 Commission). Most importantly, the 911 attacks didn't happen because of an invasion of Iraq-it happened because of a lack of invasion.

Partisan opponents of the President so often want to declare "911 happened on Bush's watch.” It did, but in making that claim, they're ignoring that Al Queda was reborn after Clinton was elected, came to power on Clinton's watch, went completely unchecked on Clinton's watch, and the plot was set in motion during Clinton's watch in response to events that happened on Clinton's watch; things that President Clinton did, and things he failed to do.

When opponents of Operation Iraqi Freedom look at Iraq, they somehow seem to think that it's just completely removed from 911 and Al Queda. “Iraq didn’t attack us on 911.” People who make that claim are ignoring that Al Queda was reborn because of the pre-George W Bush war on Iraq; President Clinton’s war on Iraq. Opponents of Operation Iraqi Freedom choose to ignore that the 911 plot was set in motion for a reason: as retaliation for President Clinton’s Wag-the-Dog Operation Desert Fox. The 911 attacks weren’t authorized because of President Bush’s invasion of Iraq, but because of Clinton's lack of invasion. The 911 attacks were at the very least indirectly related to Iraq, and possibly authorized at the request of Iraq’s intelligence services.

In the 2004 election, President Bush was held accountable for his errors in relation to the attacks, but President Clinton’s role continues to be evaded, ignored, and spun. We know what happened on President Bush’s watch. The attacks took 34 months to go from authorization to calamity. Only 7/34 months were on President Bush’s watch. After five years, isn’t it time we face up to what happened on President Clinton’s watch? Isn’t it time we examined, accepted, and talked about those two years of the plot that happened before President Bush took office? Isn’t it time we asked what happened to revive Al Queda and set the 911 plot in motion?


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KEYWORDS: 2004election; 911; alquaida; alqueda; binladen; bush; clinton; fifthanniversary; gwot; iraq; pimpmyblog; waronterror
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1 posted on 09/11/2006 4:26:06 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas
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To: Blackrain4xmas; Admin Moderator

IBTZ


2 posted on 09/11/2006 4:27:16 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

I wish people would come up with one way to spell Al Qaida.


3 posted on 09/11/2006 4:28:20 AM PDT by Perdogg (If you stay home in November, you will elect Pelosi speaker)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

IB4Z except after C!


4 posted on 09/11/2006 4:28:25 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Let's Roll!")
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To: martin_fierro

Take it easy.


5 posted on 09/11/2006 4:29:00 AM PDT by leadpenny
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To: martin_fierro

I think you need to read the article.


6 posted on 09/11/2006 4:29:04 AM PDT by Perdogg (If you stay home in November, you will elect Pelosi speaker)
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To: the invisib1e hand

IBTZ2


7 posted on 09/11/2006 4:29:11 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Blackrain4xmas

It amazes me how the libs have convinced themselves the whole world loved America while Bubba was President. Ask the sailors on the Cole.


8 posted on 09/11/2006 4:30:39 AM PDT by mainepatsfan
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To: Blackrain4xmas

I thought that on September 11th, the liberals were still calling Bush "illegitimate".

Therefore, if you follow their 'logic', 9/11 is the fault of Al Gore.


9 posted on 09/11/2006 4:30:47 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (The Democratic Party will not exist in a few years....we are watching history unfold before us.)
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To: martin_fierro

What are you talking about? This is a good article; just get past the first few paragraphs.


10 posted on 09/11/2006 4:30:49 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Rte66

You didn't read past the first few paragraphs did you?


11 posted on 09/11/2006 4:31:12 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: martin_fierro
Al Queda was reborn after Clinton was elected, came to power on
Clinton's watch, went completely unchecked on Clinton's watch,
and the plot was set in motion during Clinton's watch in response to
events that happened on Clinton's watch; things that President
Clinton did, and things he failed to do.

12 posted on 09/11/2006 4:31:13 AM PDT by NautiNurse (Katherine Harris for U.S. Senate)
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To: Blackrain4xmas
Well the headline sure can throw you.
13 posted on 09/11/2006 4:31:21 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

911 happened on Bush's watch? How long was Bush President when 911 happened? Clinton was President for 8 years prior to 911. He did very little to improve National Security.


14 posted on 09/11/2006 4:31:31 AM PDT by Revererdrv (G)
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To: martin_fierro
Only 7/34 months were on President Bush’s watch. After five years, isn’t it time we face up to what happened on President Clinton’s watch? Isn’t it time we examined, accepted, and talked about those two years of the plot that happened before President Bush took office? Isn’t it time we asked what happened to revive Al Queda and set the 911 plot in motion?

These seem to be the right questions to me.

15 posted on 09/11/2006 4:31:31 AM PDT by IamConservative (Humility is not thinking less of oneself; humility is thinking about oneself less.)
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To: martin_fierro

The responsible thing to do would be to read the whole article and not just the headline before calling in the moderators for an airstrike.


16 posted on 09/11/2006 4:32:00 AM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: Revererdrv

Pssstt... Read the whole article.


17 posted on 09/11/2006 4:32:50 AM PDT by Ichneumon (Ignorance is curable, but the afflicted has to want to be cured.)
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To: Blackrain4xmas
"History-like hindsight- is 20:20. The simple fact is that Al Queda never would have been reborn if President Bush Sr. had invaded Iraq. Al Queda never would have been reborn if Clinton would have invaded Iraq."

BS!
Alqeda was gaining strength all through the region before any any attack. If anything, they got stronger/larger fighting the Russians.

18 posted on 09/11/2006 4:34:08 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arss - We need a maintenance Crusade)
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To: Ichneumon

I will. Thanks.


19 posted on 09/11/2006 4:34:31 AM PDT by Revererdrv (G)
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To: Blackrain4xmas
"History-like hindsight- is 20:20. The simple fact is that Al Queda never would have been reborn if President Bush Sr. had invaded Iraq. Al Queda never would have been reborn if Clinton would have invaded Iraq."

BS!
Alqeda was gaining strength all through the region before any any attack. If anything, they got stronger/larger fighting the Russians.

20 posted on 09/11/2006 4:34:48 AM PDT by WorkerbeeCitizen (Religion of peace my arss - We need a maintenance Crusade)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Unfortunate title; the final paragraph is telling.


21 posted on 09/11/2006 4:34:56 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Erik Latranyi
Therefore, if you follow their 'logic', 9/11 is the fault of Al Gore.

yeah, but their "logic" only works for them. It's the nature of the mojo.

22 posted on 09/11/2006 4:36:03 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Let's Roll!")
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To: Peach

Didn't read past the first 3-4 sentences; and don't care to. Thanks.


23 posted on 09/11/2006 4:36:23 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Maybe that is why the Clintons sent Sandy Berger out to put secret items down his pants.


24 posted on 09/11/2006 4:36:47 AM PDT by Revererdrv (G)
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To: Rte66

Laughable how many people don't read the article. The title's designed to get the attention of those who need to read the article.

Most important part:
Al Queda existed before Clinton, but they didn't decided to kill Americans until he was elected.


25 posted on 09/11/2006 4:38:00 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: Rte66

It's not a hit piece on the president and you're IBTZ comment was just ridiculous. This was posted by a freeper who has been around for a year or so and to my knowledge is not a Bush basher.


26 posted on 09/11/2006 4:38:50 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Blackrain4xmas; Admin Moderator; All
Read the whole thing-- especially this:

In the 2004 election, President Bush was held accountable for his errors in relation to the attacks, but President Clinton’s role continues to be evaded, ignored, and spun. We know what happened on President Bush’s watch. The attacks took 34 months to go from authorization to calamity. Only 7/34 months were on President Bush’s watch. After five years, isn’t it time we face up to what happened on President Clinton’s watch? Isn’t it time we examined, accepted, and talked about those two years of the plot that happened before President Bush took office? Isn’t it time we asked what happened to revive Al Queda and set the 911 plot in motion?

27 posted on 09/11/2006 4:39:20 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Blackrain4xmas

Aside from the terrorists, I would say that the CIA and FBI were most to blame for 911.


28 posted on 09/11/2006 4:39:24 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Peach

WTH does IBTZ mean?


29 posted on 09/11/2006 4:40:05 AM PDT by ventana
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To: backhoe

thank you


30 posted on 09/11/2006 4:40:15 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: ventana

In before the zot (or the banning of a poster).


31 posted on 09/11/2006 4:40:52 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

love your sig line mon ami!

Wanna have some real fun? Post this at DU, Kos, etc.!


32 posted on 09/11/2006 4:41:45 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: Blackrain4xmas
In the 2004 election, President Bush was held accountable for his errors in relation to the attacks, but President Clinton’s role continues to be evaded, ignored, and spun.

Clinton's entire term on all issues has been evaded, ignored, and spun.

33 posted on 09/11/2006 4:42:06 AM PDT by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Peach

Well, your spelling of "your" as "you're" is just as ridiculous as my not wanting to read past a certain point on this day of all days.

And why is *my* IBTZ more ridiculous than the first one on the thread? Because I'm just a one-year member, too?


34 posted on 09/11/2006 4:42:14 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Blackrain4xmas

LOL. Heads would explode over there.


35 posted on 09/11/2006 4:42:25 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Peach

probably


36 posted on 09/11/2006 4:46:14 AM PDT by Blackrain4xmas (Now, more than ever, with our soldiers in harm's way, we must stand together and succeed in Iraq-JKF)
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To: Blackrain4xmas
President Bush is not perfect. He is infuriating in many areas, but so far ahead in spirit and resolve where it truly counts that it is no contest. I would vote for him again.

It is remarkable that after five years, most of our so-called leadership still doesn't get it!
I have felt for years that "Political Correctness" would be the death of our culture, but never imagined the form it would take:
Through the agency of a bunch of oil-rich primitives, murdering denizens of the 7th century, unable, utterly, to create a single thing of value for the last 500 years!

I maintain there is still hope.

God Bless America!


NEVER FORGET!

37 posted on 09/11/2006 4:47:34 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: martin_fierro
Read the whole article.
Engage brain before putting fingers in gear...
38 posted on 09/11/2006 4:48:25 AM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: Blackrain4xmas
"History-like hindsight- is 20:20."

If you limit your scope of history it is relatively clear. However, too many people think the history of Islam's hatred only goes back 12 years or so. I would suggest that if George H. W. Bush had not defended Kuwait and slapped down the beast of the Middle East, the Ramsi Yousef's of the world would still find a reason to kill as many non-muslims as he possibly could.

39 posted on 09/11/2006 4:49:17 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: Rte66
And why is *my* IBTZ more ridiculous than the first one on the thread? Because I'm just a one-year member, too?


Hey, it's calling for the ban of that poster. Lots' of things happen to get a zot going. If you don't know what's going on, and don't want to read before reacting like a liberal, you may become a Zot sometime in the future.
40 posted on 09/11/2006 4:51:00 AM PDT by Issaquahking (Trust can't be bought)
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To: WorkerbeeCitizen
"History-like hindsight- is 20:20. The simple fact is that Al Queda never would have been reborn if President Bush Sr.

Wait a minute. I thought the dems said that Al Queda had nothing to do with Iraq???

41 posted on 09/11/2006 4:51:59 AM PDT by Netizen
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To: Issaquahking

I wasn't calling for a ban of the poster - I was posting before I expected the thread to be deleted. Why should I be banned for something everyone does?


42 posted on 09/11/2006 4:54:11 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Rte66
Ahem. Not to correct you or anything, as you clearly don't like that, but my "you're" was grammatically correct.

You're = you are

And if you wish to copy other silly freepers who didn't even read the article before typing "IBTZ", feel free.
43 posted on 09/11/2006 4:54:42 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: Publius6961

Thank you for putting this in perspective. I totally agree.


44 posted on 09/11/2006 5:00:11 AM PDT by Dawgreg (Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.)
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To: Peach

Actually, I *am* not an "IBTZ comment." I *am* a human being.

You were talking about a comment, using a possessive pronoun as an adjective, "your," but you spelled it "you're." Apparently, *you're* the one who doesn't like being corrected.


45 posted on 09/11/2006 5:01:38 AM PDT by Rte66
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To: Peach
Are you accusing some posters of atypical knee-jerk reaction? ;-)
46 posted on 09/11/2006 5:04:09 AM PDT by verity (The MSM is comprised of useless eaters)
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To: Revererdrv

1993 happened on Clinton's watch. It was even the same target for cripes sakes. Security upped in NY???


47 posted on 09/11/2006 5:04:26 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Rte66

Oh - you're right. I thought I'd typed something else.


48 posted on 09/11/2006 5:04:50 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they captured or killed.)
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To: martin_fierro

Why?


49 posted on 09/11/2006 5:05:30 AM PDT by processing please hold (If you can't stand behind our military, stand in front of them.)
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To: Blackrain4xmas

God Bless the Dress!


50 posted on 09/11/2006 5:07:58 AM PDT by sauropod (Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." PJO)
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