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President Bush: Clinton Weakness Led to 9/11
http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 9/22/05 | Carl Limbacher and NewsMax.com Staff

Posted on 09/23/2005 8:58:32 AM PDT by abletruth

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2005 11:15 p.m. EDT

President Bush: Clinton Weakness Led to 9/11

President Bush fired back at ex-president Clinton on Thursday, saying the weak U.S. response to terrorist attacks that took place mostly during the Clinton administration encouraged al Qaida to launch the 9/11 attacks.

"The terrorists saw our response to the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings in the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole," Bush noted, after getting an update on the war on terror at the Pentagon.

"The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us," the president added, in quotes picked up by United Press International.

Four of the six terrorist attacks cited by Bush took place on Clinton's watch, with the first two coming during the presidencies of Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Bush's decision to invoke Clinton's poor record on terrorism comes just five days after the ex-president slammed him for attacking Iraq without just cause. "The administration . . . decided to launch this invasion virtually alone and before the U.N. inspections were completed - with no real urgency, no evidence that there was any weapons of mass destruction there," Clinton complained to ABC's "This Week."

"I did not favor what was done," he added.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: clinton; cole; hussein; incompetense; iran; iraq; somalia; terrorism; usembassies; wtc1993
It is my opinion that Clinton always considered what was good for him and his legacy which he is obcessed with. He never wanted to anything that would cause the public to dislike him or the polls, he however was able to go to Kosovo to start a war to wipe his affair off the front page.

The planning was sloopy we hit the Chinese embassy, we took out all the bridges and most of the infrastruction only to have to rebuild it later. That is not what we did in Iraq because we had planners that knew what they doing in respect to that issue.

If Clinton had not put two FBI agents on the bombing of WTC 93 we might not had emboldened our enemy. Yje left would have us believe that the terrorists just decisded one to hit us, the attack on WTC 2001 was after years of coward indecisions by Clinton who couldn't even plan and execute an affir with a 21 year on his stff let alone a whole war. Able Danger will expose the incredible incompetense of Clinton and all the attornies he placed at all levels in our Gov.

The days of protecting Willy are over he can no longer take peopl's jobs and have IRS investigation done at his whim. The truth will show a man that was always more interested in himself and never the country he was the President of. Just to clear one thing up Clinton never created 2.2 million jobs he hired 2.2 people in to the federal gov and called that job creation.

Bill Clinton a bumbling fool that cost America more then any other Ptrez all because he was so obcessed with his legacy and we all know what that will be. abletruth

1 posted on 09/23/2005 8:58:34 AM PDT by abletruth
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To: abletruth

About time he ties into that compulsive LIAR.


2 posted on 09/23/2005 9:00:39 AM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches, hard to get rid of.>)
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To: abletruth

Hope this means we'll see less of the Bushs being Bubba's buddies.


3 posted on 09/23/2005 9:01:47 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Ponce de Leon is coming here to look for the fountain of dumb. DC is his first stop.)
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To: abletruth

Well it's about time W showed a little fire!


5 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:16 AM PDT by Coachm
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To: abletruth

Give the sink emperor h..l George.


6 posted on 09/23/2005 9:05:57 AM PDT by mom-7
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To: abletruth

Thank goodness, the President is finally fighting back. He is always being attacked and never goes down to the attacker's level. He needs to fight back.


7 posted on 09/23/2005 9:06:10 AM PDT by Merry
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To: abletruth

I agree with you...all he cares about is how others see himself.

He's constantly trying to upstage Pres. Bush and bashing Pres. Bush and his handling of Katrina. Glad Bush decided to bite back and tell the truth.

A good read: Dereliction of Duty --Lt. Col. Robert Patterson, USAF (Ret).
I'm sure some of you have read this already. A good book, gives an inside view of what the Clinton Presidency was like. --Fee


8 posted on 09/23/2005 9:10:11 AM PDT by FeeinTennessee (http://hometown.aol.com/feereports/feepolitics.html)
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To: Coachm

GWB has basically said the same things (sometimes even the exact same words) ever since 9/11. That's why we won't leave prematurely as long as GWB remains President. We had this discussion already in another thread:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1489481/posts

See posts # 73, 205, 254, 265, 277, and 287 for those actual earlier quotes.


9 posted on 09/23/2005 9:10:50 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: abletruth

Former President Bill Clinton (for the Google search) flat lied in the interview when he said, paraphrasing, the there was no evidence the Sadaam had WMD.

He said MANY TIMES himself that SH had weapons, was a threat, etc. I don't have to post all the sources...we all know it here.

Stephanopolis was too busy kissing his ass to call him on it. But, no one in the mainstream media would have said anything, anyway. They would be too busy "basking in the glow."


10 posted on 09/23/2005 9:11:11 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Free Speech is a Right. Being Wrong is Just...Wrong.)
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To: abletruth

TAKE THE GLOVES OFF, MR. PRESIDENT!!! Go get 'em.


11 posted on 09/23/2005 9:11:38 AM PDT by Bahbah (Praying for those in the path of Rita)
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To: abletruth
"The terrorists concluded that we lacked the courage and character to defend ourselves and so they attacked us," the president added,

Finally. What everybody already knew is finally being spoken out loud.

12 posted on 09/23/2005 9:11:49 AM PDT by narby
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To: abletruth
I wonder if we'll see this anywhere but Newsmax?

Carolyn

13 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:03 AM PDT by CDHart (The world has become a lunatic asylum and the lunatics are in charge.)
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To: abletruth
... courage and character ...

ohhhh. Make no mistake - he is focusing on Clinton even though some events he listed predate Clinton's reign.

14 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:05 AM PDT by plain talk
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To: abletruth

What took him so long?


15 posted on 09/23/2005 9:13:35 AM PDT by Ron in Acreage (It's the borders stupid! "ALLEN IN 08")
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To: Merry

I don't agree he has to go down to the attacker's level - but see the prior thread where the Administration has made this point over and over.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1489481/posts


16 posted on 09/23/2005 9:13:57 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: abletruth

President Bush fired back at ex-president Clinton on Thursday, saying the weak U.S. response to terrorist attacks that took place mostly during the Clinton administration encouraged al Qaida to launch the 9/11 attacks.

Lord knows I'm not a fan of the bent one, and he was (IMO) the worst person we've ever had in the oval office, BUT plenty of blame to go around for responding weakly to Islamic terrorism going back to Carter. Yes I include President Reagan.


17 posted on 09/23/2005 9:15:11 AM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: golfisnr1

Heck, I'll post something anyway...Clinton is a bald-faced liar.

http://www.gopusa.com/commentary/bobby/2004/bobby_0927.shtml


18 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:21 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Free Speech is a Right. Being Wrong is Just...Wrong.)
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To: narby

This is NOT the first time - see e.g. San Diego on August 30th 2005:

"They will fail because the terrorists of our century are making the same mistake that the followers of other totalitarian ideologies made in the last century. They believe that democracies are inherently weak and corrupt and can be brought to their knees. They looked at our response after the hostage crisis in Iran, the bombings of the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the first World Trade Center attack, the killing of American soldiers in Somalia, the destruction of two U.S. embassies in Africa, and the attack on the USS Cole. They concluded that free societies lack the courage and character to defend themselves against a determined enemy. Hear the words of Osama bin Laden that explain why he believed he could get away with the attacks of September the 11th, 2001: "We've seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier, who is ready to wage cold wars and unprepared to fight long wars... After a few blows they ran in defeat... [They forgot] about being a world leader..." End quote.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/08/20050830-1.html


19 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:40 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: FeeinTennessee

I second that recommendation.

Now if only someone could grab Cindy and her friends, and shake some sense into them. Fox just ran yet another of their obnoxious ads.


20 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:46 AM PDT by MizSterious (Now, if only we could convince them all to put on their bomb-vests and meet in Mecca...)
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To: golfisnr1

21 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:05 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: golfisnr1

Now George, don't pick on your brother!


22 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:10 AM PDT by CWW (Mark Sanford for President on 2008!)
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To: Ron in Acreage

That assumes GWB has never pointed this out before - see above.


23 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:59 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: abletruth

This means to me AD may come about after all.


24 posted on 09/23/2005 9:19:03 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: SweetCornGiblets

In hindsight, it is easy to level such a charge. To defend Reagan, however, he had more important things on his plate than the lesser threat of Islamic terrorism - that's just a fact that unfortunately played a part in 9/11. I fault Clinton because, during a peacetime inherited from Reagan / Bush, he should have been the one to deal with these "lesser" threats.


25 posted on 09/23/2005 9:22:09 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: FeeinTennessee
"A good read: Dereliction of Duty --Lt. Col. Robert Patterson, USAF (Ret).
I'm sure some of you have read this already. A good book, gives an inside view of what the Clinton Presidency was like. --Fee"

Very good read. I never got around to looking to see how the left tried to smear Patterson because of this book. I think I will do some digging.
26 posted on 09/23/2005 9:27:11 AM PDT by squidward
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To: clawrence3

"They will fail because the terrorists of our century are making the same mistake that the followers of other totalitarian ideologies made in the last century. They believe that democracies are inherently weak and corrupt and can be brought to their knees.

You'd think they'd look at our history.


"We've seen in the last decade the decline of the American government and the weakness of the American soldier, who is ready to wage cold wars and unprepared to fight long wars...


Right. That one only lasted...(what) 40 + years.


27 posted on 09/23/2005 9:30:01 AM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: clawrence3

I am sure that Osama was emboldened by the US during the Clinton administration helping muslims to kill christians (SERBS) when we destroyed all of the bridges over the Danube and killed 3,000 innocent civilians. That was direct evidence of our stupidity and weakness.


28 posted on 09/23/2005 9:31:01 AM PDT by olezip
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To: clawrence3

To defend Reagan, however, he had more important things on his plate than the lesser threat of Islamic terrorism - that's just a fact that unfortunately played a part in 9/11.

Makes a person wonder what we're overlooking today.


29 posted on 09/23/2005 9:31:42 AM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: Valin

Of course we fought our own revolution and then two World Wars. Unfortunately, the terrorists were right about our most recent history (see 8 years of Clinton) and used that to brainwash new recruits.


30 posted on 09/23/2005 9:33:06 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: olezip

I will agree that was direct evidence of CLINTON's stupidity and weakness ; )


31 posted on 09/23/2005 9:34:26 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: abletruth

Just like the terrorists believed we would not respond after 9/11, Clinton thought Bush would not respond to him.


32 posted on 09/23/2005 9:34:53 AM PDT by bigjoesaddle ("Liberalism is a philosophy of sniveling brats." -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Valin

Cough...China...cough cough.


33 posted on 09/23/2005 9:35:11 AM PDT by American Soldier
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To: abletruth
President Bush fired back at ex-president Clinton on Thursday, saying the weak U.S. response to terrorist attacks that took place mostly during the Clinton administration encouraged al Qaida to launch the 9/11 attacks.

Well finally, Bush found enough cajonies to hang the truth on the Clintons for all to see.

Bush found out what we all knew for years that Clinton is a scumbag, lying, traitorous, womanizing, worthless piece of humnanity that ever went to the bathroom behind two heels.

I hope the American people will finally get to see the truth printed on the front pages of the world's newpapers about this sorry pinch of dirt!

34 posted on 09/23/2005 9:41:49 AM PDT by VOYAGER
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To: American Soldier

To name one. But I'm thinking something that's not quite so much on the front burner. What it is I have no idea, but I know it's out there lurking in the gap.


35 posted on 09/23/2005 9:42:22 AM PDT by Valin (The right to do something does not mean that doing it is right.)
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To: VOYAGER

"Saddam Hussein's son Uday…killed last week by coalition forces…apparently knew months ago that his demise was imminent. The London Telegraph says that three days before the fall of Baghdad on April 9, Uday told the director of Iraqi television, "I think the end is near" because "this time I think the Americans are serious, Bush is not like Clinton."

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,93291,00.html

Even the terrorists understood........


36 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:12 AM PDT by 1035rep
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To: Valin

"Makes a person wonder what we're overlooking today."

That's a good point, and we should be thinking outside the box as to future threats. What we will probably never find out is what tragedies were avoided by decisive action in Afghanisthan and Iraq . . .


37 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:06 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: abletruth

bttt!


38 posted on 09/23/2005 10:05:42 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Never misunderestimate the strategery of forty-three)
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To: golfisnr1
President Bush fired back at ex-president Clinton...

Well, it's ABOUT DAMN TIME!

39 posted on 09/23/2005 10:10:45 AM PDT by ItsForTheChildren
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To: CDHart
I wonder if we'll see this anywhere but Newsmax?

Just heard it on Rush. Fox will probably pick it up from there.

40 posted on 09/23/2005 10:45:58 AM PDT by Mogollon
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To: ItsForTheChildren

President Bush ought to be taking Mr. Clinton to the woodshed on a weekly basis!! Clinton screwed our country to the wall with his b.s. responses to the terrorists -if that's what you want to call them!-and left it to Mr. Bush to handle. History will not be kind at all to Clinton, nor should it, as he and Jimmy Carter will both go down in the history books as "do nothing" Presidents. When the whole truth comes out about the Clinton presidency, folks will really wonder how in hell we survived his stupidity and absolute greed! He is a pig, and lived as one in the White House. I'm surprised the Bushes' didn't have to fumigate the damn place after Clinton lived there.


41 posted on 09/23/2005 10:50:30 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: clawrence3
If we don't beat the Islamofascists and the Chicoms first, whatever we would face afterwards will be the Islamofascists' and the Chicoms' problem.

It won't matter to us because we will be dead.

So let's focus on the present problems, since they are here now.
42 posted on 09/23/2005 11:07:01 AM PDT by Cheburashka
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To: ItsForTheChildren

Please see the examples already given where GWB said this before too.


43 posted on 09/23/2005 11:35:13 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: Cheburashka

If we have 1,000,000 people on the task of beating the Islamofascists and the Chicoms, I think we can spare 1 to think outside the box re: Canada for instance.


44 posted on 09/23/2005 11:44:11 AM PDT by clawrence3
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To: abletruth
When the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists in 1993, as well as throughout the time period of the other attacks on the U. S., lack of decisive leadership placed America at even greater peril.

Benjamin Franklin, in 1775, in a letter to Humphry Marshall, made the following wise observation which should be heeded by all who would call themselves defenders of America:

"Dear Sir: Philadelphia, May 23d, 1775.

"I received your favour of the 13th inst. . . .
But, as Britain has begun to use force, it seems absolutely necessary that we should be prepared to repel force by force, which I think, united, we are well able to do. It is a true old saying, that make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you: to which I may add another, God helps them that help themselves.:

45 posted on 09/23/2005 12:20:45 PM PDT by loveliberty2
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To: clawrence3

Well, I will concede that Canada deserves keeping an eye on.

They'd love to reimpose monarchy and Elizabeth II on us, given the chance.


46 posted on 09/23/2005 5:47:24 PM PDT by Cheburashka
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To: Cheburashka

Ah ha! You finally see the evil genius in my plan ; )

"All you base are belong to us!"


47 posted on 09/23/2005 5:50:35 PM PDT by clawrence3
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