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Bush Hits Back at Critics
Fox News ^ | Friday, May 17, 2002 | Carl Cameron

Posted on 05/18/2002 3:54:04 AM PDT by Republican_Strategist

Edited on 04/22/2004 12:33:29 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

WASHINGTON Accusing critics of politicizing the attacks of Sept. 11, President Bush said Friday that he would never do anything knowingly to hurt his country.

"What is interesting about Washington is that it's a town where unfortunately second guessing has become second nature," the president said during an address to celebrate the Air Force football team on Armed Forces Day. "The American people know this about me, my national security team and my administration. Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to kill on that fateful morning, I would have done everything in my power to protect the American people."


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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bush; wtcattack
Clinton's Bin Laden GATE - Mother of all Scandals

Spin Insanity Courtesy of the Left
1 posted on 05/18/2002 3:54:05 AM PDT by Republican_Strategist
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To: Republican_Strategist
Bump!
2 posted on 05/18/2002 4:02:20 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Difficult to argue against at best incomptetence in the White House, and at worse something like complacency.
3 posted on 05/18/2002 4:08:16 AM PDT by UKpatriot
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To: Republican_Strategist
BUMP x2

Latest approval ratings back up to 80%

4 posted on 05/18/2002 4:09:22 AM PDT by Bad~Rodeo
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To: Republican_Strategist
"The report, entitled the "Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism: Who Becomes a Terrorist and Why?," described the suicide hijacking as one of several possible retribution attacks Al Qaeda might seek for the 1998 U.S. airstrike against bin Laden's camps in Afghanistan. It was not immediately known what action, if any, had been taken by the Clinton administration in response to the report."

Doesn't matter what the Clinton administration did or didn't do. The Bush administration should have totally ignored the mess of EO's and Chinese USDOD infiltration in Washington, (etc.) and spent their first seven and a half months in Washington poring over eight years of accumulated terrorist intelligence.

After all, Time magazine had an article on this report in 1998. Our government should have dropped EVERYTHING in order to concentrate on it.

I, like many FReepers, am disappointed and disgusted by the Bush administration for concentrating on trivia like US sercivemen and military roconaissance planes held hostage in hostile territory, taxes, the economy and what constitutes a living, breathing human being, among other unimportant things, when they SHOULD have been preparing for 9-11.

5 posted on 05/18/2002 4:12:07 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: UKpatriot
Difficult to argue against at best incomptetence in the White House, and at worse something like complacency.

If by that you mean the Clinton White House, I couldn't agree more.

As for the Bush White House, a plan for dismantling al-Qaeda was on his desk two days before the September 11 attacks, hardly the picture of smug complacency or casual indifference.

6 posted on 05/18/2002 4:17:10 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Republican_Strategist
Well, bedtime for me. See y'all later.
7 posted on 05/18/2002 4:17:45 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: cake_crumb
Oh... Time Magazine, great publication.

I'd put it right up there with Mad Magazine.

Go bite a fart!

8 posted on 05/18/2002 4:22:36 AM PDT by johnny7
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To: JohnHuang2
I was against formation of a whole new branch of gov., or new bureaucracy anyway - Homeland Security.... But now I see the FBI, CIA, White House, Congress, Senate NEEDS a central clearing house for important news breaks and leads to stop terrorist attacks like 9/11. The right hand has to know what the left hand is doing. Clinton knew that, what his hand was doing, but it wasn't doing foreign affairs, it was doing "intern" affairs! For 8 years almost nothing was done. Clinton left a huge mess behind for Bush to clean up.
9 posted on 05/18/2002 4:30:58 AM PDT by buffyt
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To: Republican_Strategist
Just FYI, here's what I have pulled up so far this morning:

Why I Am Angry About the Bush Revelations

PROOF--Clinton Admitted "Legacy" Was More Critical Than bin Laden's Threats

Bush rebukes 'second-guessers' [White House on the Offensive, Democrats brace for a backlash]

[Backlash]: Clinton got '99 warning on hijacking crash threat

Clinton Discounts 1999 Report That Warned of Possible Suicide Hijackings Into Federal Buildings

It's the Democrats' version of a political suicide bombing...

Mansoor Ijaz discusses the Clinton administration's failure to deal with Osama bin Laden

Hannity & Colmes 17 May 2002 "Mansoor Ijaz explains!

'Leak' sets off feeding frenzy

BIN LADEN-GATE WITNESS DARES DEMS: "DEPOSE ME ON CLINTON 9-11 COVER-UP"

How the Left Undermined America's Security

It Looks Like Some Top Democrats are Backing Away From Accusations of Bush Mishandlement of 9/11

FED REPORT WARNED OF AL QAEDA KAMIKAZE THREAT: [BUT CLINTON'S ENERGIES ABSORBED WITH MONICA]
Chronology of pre-Sept. 11 intelligence on threats (via Condoleezza Rice)

DRUDGE FLASHBACK 1998: BIN LADEN TERROR WARNING FOR NY AND DC

U.S. warned in 1995 of plot to hijack planes, attack buildings

Clinton Warned on Bin Laden Hijack-Kamikaze Plot

The Saudi-Terror Subsidy

ALERT NY JEWS! HILLARY CLINTON COVERS UP $$$ & SUPPORT from PRO-ARAB TERRORIST GROUPS [Free Republic]

(Hillary) Clinton campaign to return $50,000 from Muslim fund-raiser [Free Republic]
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10 posted on 05/18/2002 4:48:00 AM PDT by backhoe
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To: Republican_Strategist
"he would never do anything knowingly to hurt his country"

Of course, the Democrats know that this is true. But truth means nothing to them.

Democrats will stop at nothing.

The Democrat Party: America at its most immoral. The sleazy, decadent dark side of America.

12 posted on 05/18/2002 5:01:13 AM PDT by Savage Beast
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To: Thorn11cav
"...Bush needs to just "bitch slap" the little turd."

Indeed - and on national television would be nice.

13 posted on 05/18/2002 5:03:42 AM PDT by Paulie
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To: Republican_Strategist
Looks like the partnership of the far-left and far-right have gotten what they wanted.
The White House is on the defensive, taking time and resources away from real problems and real investigations.
14 posted on 05/18/2002 5:06:36 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: JohnHuang2
"As for the Bush White House, a plan for dismantling al-Qaeda was on his desk two days before the September 11 attacks, hardly the picture of smug complacency or casual indifference."

Only TWO DAYS before???

THEY HAD SEVEN AND A HALF MONTHS, for cryin' out loud!!! Heck, they should have dismantled al Qaueda RETROACTIVE to THREE YEARS AGO to the article in Time magazine!!! ANYTHING ELSE IS GROSS IMCOMPETENCE!!!

15 posted on 05/18/2002 5:11:40 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: JohnHuang2
As for the Bush White House, a plan for dismantling al-Qaeda was on his desk two days before the September 11 attacks, hardly the picture of smug complacency or casual indifference.

On the other hand Clinton was send a warning by the Philipines in 1995 that this would happen and he just chose to send it to the Congress and they did absolutely nothing

16 posted on 05/18/2002 5:13:34 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Bad~Rodeo
"Latest approval ratings back up to 80%"

Which explains all the Bush bashers who've suddenly come out to rant and rave in the past week.

17 posted on 05/18/2002 5:18:36 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Kaslin
"On the other hand Clinton was send a warning by the Philipines in 1995 that this would happen and he just chose to send it to the Congress and they did absolutely nothing"

If Clinton had deigned to meet with the Defense Dept once in a while, it might have helped.

18 posted on 05/18/2002 5:23:21 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: cake_crumb
Only TWO DAYS before???

The fact is that Clinton was warned in 1995 by the Philipines that Al Qaeda was planning to fly planes into the WTC and the CIA Headquarters and he just send it to the congress.

Here's the proof
Click on the 5/17/2002 PROGRAM link (requires Windows Media Player)

19 posted on 05/18/2002 5:25:32 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Yes, you are correct. The Clinton administration was not only warned of a planned attack involving hijacked airliners, but had confiscated laptops to prove it. I remember the reports.

So what? It's President Bush's fault his administration didn't stop the 9-11 attack back in 1995. After all, President Bush is responsible for everything that has happened to this country in the past 50 years.

The fact is that in 1995, the Clinton Administration had this detailed information. In 1998, two foreign countries offered UBL to us on a silver platter. They practically BEGGED Clinton to take Usmama off their hands. The Clinton administration MADE NO plan to stop al Qaeda during the 5 years they had TO MAKE a plan.

20 posted on 05/18/2002 6:00:00 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: cake_crumb
OOps...forgot to add :
"It is therefore President Bush's fault that the Clinton administration refused to UBL when he had the chances, and it's the Bush administration's fault the Clinton administration never botherd to make a plan.
21 posted on 05/18/2002 6:04:29 AM PDT by cake_crumb
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To: Republican_Strategist
I have come to realize that politics is at best, a dirty business. As they say, it makes for strange bed-fellows.

Although I'm still pissed at President Bush's stonewalling of the Armed Pilots initiative, I do still believe that The President is a man of integrity and would not have allowed a massacre such as WTC to happen if he could have prevented it.

This Hitlery b!tch is going to get nowhere with this smear campaign of her's. Americans wont buy it and it will backfire on her, once again.

Search4Truth

23 posted on 05/18/2002 9:24:53 AM PDT by Search4Truth
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To: cake_crumb
Clearly laying the blame on Clinton...correct?
24 posted on 05/22/2002 5:23:36 PM PDT by JSloth
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