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Bush answers on 9/11 overdue (ANDREW GREELEY'S WEEKLY BARRRRRRRRRRFFFFFFFFF)
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | May 23, 2003 | ANDREW GREELEY

Posted on 05/23/2003 10:29:29 AM PDT by Chi-townChief

After the Bay of Pigs disaster when the CIA tried to invade Cuba, President John F. Kennedy took personal responsibility and ordered an independent investigation. In fact, the invasion had been planned during the Eisenhower administration, and JFK could easily have blamed the mess on his predecessor.

After the Pearl Harbor attack, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established an investigative commission chaired by Supreme Court Justice Owen D. Roberts, a Republican who had been the prosecutor for the notorious Teapot Dome scandal.

Patently, President Bush is not going to assume responsibility for the World Trade Center catastrophe. His political allies blame former President Bill Clinton (as they are blaming him three years later for the current recession). Moreover, Bush continues to stonewall attempts to set up an independent investigation of what went wrong, and continues to sit on the 900-page report prepared by a bipartisan congressional committee.

The White House excuse for this cover-up is that discussion about what went wrong in the months before the destruction of the World Trade Center would interfere with the ''war on terrorism.'' There are several things wrong with this argument. First, if there is not something to hide, why not release the report? Second, FDR and JFK had real wars to fight--the former against imperial Japan, the latter a cold war against world communism. Third, the ''war on terrorism'' is a metaphor (just like the ''war on drugs,'' the ''war on AIDS,'' the ''war on hunger,'' the ''war on poverty'') for a struggle against international criminals. It is a useful political label for a president who wants to be re-elected as a wartime leader and to land on an aircraft carrier dressed in flight gear (even though he was in effect AWOL for at least a year during the Vietnam War). The metaphor conceals what is different in the struggle against Islamic fundamentalism when compared to the war against imperial Japan. Admitting the mistakes the administration made in July and August 2001 will not give aid and comfort to anyone, and certainly not to al-Qaida.

Instead, the president continues to respond to terror with his cowboy rhetoric: We will get Osama bin Laden. We will get the Mullah Omar. We will get the terrorists who blew the hole in the USS Cole. We will get the anthrax killer. We will get Saddam Hussein and his sons. Most recently, we will get the killers who attacked the compounds in Saudi Arabia.

The latter will be quite a trick since the killers were suicide bombers, and Bush will have to bring them back from the dead to haul them into court.

No one seems to notice that we have not found bin Laden or the mullah. The Cole terrorists escaped from a jail in Yemen--undoubtedly with the help of some elements in the Yemeni government (although Attorney General John Ashcroft, with the usual display of sanctimony, has indicted them). We have not found--or perhaps not arrested--the anthrax killer. Saddam is hiding somewhere, probably in a bunker in Baghdad with his sons. Thirty of his top aides are still on the loose.

The people Bush proposed to smoke out and ''get'' are still free. Moreover, some of the CIA officials who ''dropped the ball'' in the summer of 2001 have been promoted. Yet the media who were so eager to pry into the private life of President Clinton seem disinclined to uncover the real story of what happened during that summer and whether the same people who dropped the ball then are still dropping it.

Nor have they paid any attention to the president's claim out there on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln that al-Qaida was on the run. After the explosions in Saudi Arabia and Morocco and the threats in Kenya, it would appear that they are not on the run at all. It would also appear that if one continues to believe Bush's rhetoric, one is accepting as true statements that might be less than true. Finally, it is high time that someone in this country remembers FDR and JFK and wants to know what is really happening. What's the president trying to hide?

e-mail: agreel@aol.com


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: andrewgreeley; apostate; frandrewgreeley; greeley
"JFK could easily have blamed the mess on his predecessor."

Yes, he could have - however, if JFK had actually gone through with the original Eisenhower plan, it would have been even odds or better that Greeley's spiritual cousin Fidel would have gone the way of Mussolini.

As for 9/11 info, I believe that Greeley and people like him will pore through it looking for national security information creeping out so they can indignantly scream, "GOD, why is Bush telling this to our enemies !?!?!"

1 posted on 05/23/2003 10:29:29 AM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Chi-townChief
NEVER FORGET


'Remember the Lost and Suffering on September 11, 2001'

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=33


NEVER FORGET
2 posted on 05/23/2003 10:33:58 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com..)
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To: Chi-townChief
President Bush is not going to assume responsibility for the World Trade Center catastrophe.

Nor should he.

BTW... catastrophe?!?! This makes it sound like a natural disaster. This was an ATTACK. It should forever be called the WTC ATTTACK.

3 posted on 05/23/2003 10:37:49 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (When news breaks, we fix it!)
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To: Chi-townChief
What is with Greeley? Perhaps he should turn his "investigative skills" to ferreting out the perpetrators and enablers in the sex scandal in the Catholic Church.
4 posted on 05/23/2003 10:40:28 AM PDT by ImpotentRage
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To: Chi-townChief
It wasn't Bush who failed to apprehend Bin Laden when he had many opportunities to do so. It was Clinton and his crew. They followed a failed course of seeking legal solutions, when the real solution was to take military action. Bush is on the right course. Infantile Liberals are expecting instant results.
5 posted on 05/23/2003 10:41:02 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY (((Liberals are full of feces)))
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To: Chi-townChief
Apples and oranges. One event was planned and executed with clear foreknowledge by the sitting American administration. The other was a vague possible scenario with no specifics and was executed by a foreign organization.

Have any of these liberal reporters ever heard of Top Secret or need to know basis for defense purposes?

6 posted on 05/23/2003 10:47:15 AM PDT by A Navy Vet
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To: Free ThinkerNY
NEVER FORGET


.."IS it SAFE?" = HILLARY on Senate Armed Services Committee..

http://www.TheAlamoFILM.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=629


NEVER FORGET
7 posted on 05/23/2003 10:50:08 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com..)
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To: Chi-townChief
First off to address the remark about the recession. We have been in this recession since the last half of 2000 and Mr. Clinton was indeed the President then. Also the start of the War on Terror had an impact on our economy unlike any conflict before and still has. Second the invocation of JFK is getting really silly. The man was in office 2 years and 11 months. And although JFK was a fair President, he was not the pseudo deity the left have made him out to be. JFK saw the Presidency as Sport and his support for space exploration for example, had little to do with any really interest in space exploration and more to do with geopolitcal competition with the Soviets. Granted that was needed at the time, but he certainly was not sincere about his support for space exploration. However there is another myth about JFK that needs to be diffused. The whole thing that if JFK lived, we wouldn't have had Vietnam. No actually JFK started Vietnam. Regarding Sept 11th, there was a pattern of disinterest in fighting and investigating terrorism throughtout Clinton's time in office, that is a fact. Bush does have to be concerned about confidentiality with respect to intelligence. I don't think this is because he has something to hide, as much as he doesn't want idiots like Sen. Leahy blabbing their mouths off about issues pertinent to security.
8 posted on 05/23/2003 10:53:16 AM PDT by miloklancy (Improved Situational Awareness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Your assessment of the culpability of the Clinton administration is correct. Actually, if anyone is to be investigated about 9/11, it is Hillary Clinton. She was a no show for the most important hearing of her senatorial career on that morning. There is an analysis of why she was not there at: THECHIZZLER.com
9 posted on 05/23/2003 10:53:37 AM PDT by Pharlap
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To: DubyaDubyaDubya
A large number of people on the left are supporters of and graduates of public schools, so they can't read.
12 posted on 05/23/2003 11:08:00 AM PDT by anoldafvet (Freedom isn't free, it's the most costly gift you'll ever receive.)
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To: ImpotentRage
Well, consider the source. What do you want from a PRIEST who writes bodic-ripper novels?
13 posted on 05/23/2003 11:08:10 AM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: miloklancy
JFK escalated our involvment in Viet Nam. Eisenhower sent the first troops. LBJ is the real culprit for not letting us do the job our men were sent to do.
14 posted on 05/23/2003 11:10:50 AM PDT by annyokie (provacative yet educational reading alert)
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To: Chi-townChief
Guess he missed the meeting...

Second Public Hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

The Commission's second public hearing will be held on May 22 - 23, 2003 in Washington, DC. The Commission will hear testimony from Congressional witnesses as well as focus on the state of the aviation security before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Hearing Agenda

The hearing will commence on May 22 at 9:00 a.m. and resume on May 23 at 9:00 a.m. Additional information, including an agenda and prepared testimony, will be posted on this site as it becomes available.

Location

The hearing will take place in Hart Senate Office Building, Room 216, located northeast of the Capitol adjoining the Dirksen Senate Office Building and bounded by Constitution Avenue, C Street, First Street, and Second Street N.E. Visitors should use the 2nd Street Entrance between Constitution and C Streets, NW.

Attending the Hearing

This hearing is open to the media and the public. Seating will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the hearing will open at 8:30 AM, although the Hart Building is open to the public beginning at 7:00 AM. All visitors will be subject to standard security procedures enforced by the Capitol Police.

Hearing Proceedings

This hearing will not be Webcast live from this site; however, archived video will be posted following the hearing. Complete transcripts will also be posted shortly after the hearing's conclusion.

Second public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

15 posted on 05/23/2003 11:12:55 AM PDT by ravingnutter
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To: Chi-townChief
How about we blame, hhmmm, well, you know,



THE PEOPLE RESPONSABLE!
THE PEOPLE WHO CLAIMED CREDIT FOR IT!
THE PEOPLE WHAT ACTUALLY DID IT!

Do these guys only read the "news' they print?

16 posted on 05/23/2003 11:18:12 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If somebody has to tell you, it's already too late.)
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To: Chi-townChief
Greeley's full of crap. He says JFK took "personal" responsibility for the Bay of Pigs? Was he at the speech given to newspaper editors immediately following the invasion?

"The President of a great democracy such as ours, and the editors of great newspapers such as yours, owe a common obligation to the people: an obligation to present the facts, to present them with candor, and to present them in perspective. It is with that obligation in mind that I have decided in the last 24 hours to discuss briefly at this time the recent events in Cuba.

On that unhappy island, as in so many other arenas of the contest for freedom, the news has grown worse instead of better. I have emphasized before that this was a struggle of Cuban patriots against a Cuban dictator. While we could not be expected to hide our sympathies, we made it repeatedly clear that the armed forces of this country would not intervene in any way.

He calls THAT accepting responsibility? Looks like JFK was Clinton before Clinton was JFK....

17 posted on 05/23/2003 11:20:37 AM PDT by Mr. Bird
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To: annyokie
I thought I heard that Greeley died years ago. Maybe it was just brain death.
18 posted on 05/23/2003 11:21:54 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY (((Liberals are full of feces)))
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To: ravingnutter
From the hearing website:

Opening Statement from Chairman Kean

9:05 AM Commission Mandate and Objectives

Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Sen. John McCain
Sen. Joseph Lieberman

9:30 AM Intelligence Oversight and the Joint Inquiry

Sen. Bob Graham
Sen. Richard Shelby
Rep. Porter Goss
Rep. Jane Harman

10:45 AM Affected Constituencies

Sen. Charles Schumer
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton
Sen. Jon Corzine
Sen. Frank Lautenberg
Rep. Jerry Nadler
Rep. Christopher Shays
Rep. Christopher Smith

How receptive do you think these crew will be to hearing Clinton's blame?
19 posted on 05/23/2003 11:25:23 AM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (If somebody has to tell you, it's already too late.)
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To: annyokie
JFK escalated our involvment in Viet Nam.

JFK had actually started reducing our troop numbers there, with the intent to disengage US forces. One batch made it home before LBJ started to increase our presence.
20 posted on 05/23/2003 12:03:11 PM PDT by steve50
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To: annyokie
Actually I think Eisenhower only sent in military adivsors, not troops. JFK escalated this process of sending in more military advisors until eventually our troops had a serious presence in Vietnam under LBJ. The point is I don't think Vietnam would have turned out much different under a second term for JFK. JFK was not the peacenik his brother Robert was.
21 posted on 05/23/2003 1:35:52 PM PDT by miloklancy (Improved Situational Awareness)
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To: Chi-townChief
Greely is a Fallen Away ultra left-wing priest. His opinions are of no value in either the clerical or political arena.
22 posted on 05/23/2003 4:39:04 PM PDT by Don Corleone
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To: ImpotentRage
>> he should turn his "investigative skills" to ferreting out the perpetrators and enablers in the sex scandal in the Catholic Church. <<

Andrew Greedy is intimately familar with sexual perverts hiding out in the church, given the fact he IS one (check out a selction of novels he's written sometime)

23 posted on 05/23/2003 4:59:51 PM PDT by BillyBoy (George Ryan deserves a long term...without parole.)
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