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Why Bush Is Innocent and the Democrats Are Guilty (David Horowitz Column)
Front Page Magazine ^ | 5/20/02 | David Horowitz

Posted on 05/19/2002 9:18:33 PM PDT by Pyro7480

Why Bush Is Innocent and the Democrats Are Guilty
by David Horowitz
FrontPageMagazine.com | May 20, 2002

IT FIGURES. The guilty ones are the first to point the finger. Now the same Democrats who for eight years slashed the military, crippled the CIA, blamed America for the enemies it made, opposed the projection of American power (missiles and smart bombs excepted) into terrorist regions like Afghanistan and Iraq, dismissed acts of war as individual misdeeds, rejected airport security on "racial profiling" grounds, defended a commander-in-chief who put his libido above the security of his citizens, and still oppose essential defense measures like holding suspects and imposing immigration controls – these same obstructers and appeasers are now in full war cry against the President and are hoping to pin him with responsibility for the September 11 attack.

Not every Democrat is as kooky or anti-American as Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) who sits with Democratic connivance on the International Relations Committee and spent the week before 9-11 joining hands in South Africa with Iranians and other Islamo-fascists to condemn the United States, then came home to accuse Bush of plotting 9-11 so that his friends in the Carlyle Group could make war profits on defense contracts. But more mainstream Democrats -- the Leahys and the Boxers and other equally left and determined antagonists of American power -- are far more significant players in the debacle of 9/11. And no one is more singularly responsible for America’s vulnerability on that fateful day than the Democratic president, Bill Clinton, and his White House staff.

It is appropriate therefore that the crowning irony of the present Democrat attack is that it is the Clinton Administration not George Bush who knew of the plot to use airliners as bombs to blow up American buildings, that they knew it in 1995, that they did nothing about it, and that they kept this information from the Bush security team.

But first the background.

Despite the fact that Republicans had fought Democrats for eight years over the military and intelligence budgets, over immigration and security issues, despite the alliances that leftwing Democrats had made with America’s enemies in the UN, despite the obstructionism of Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy in opposing domestic security measures and efforts by the Justice Department to bring al-Qaeda to heel, Republicans refused to point a partisan finger on issues of war and peace. Now their self-restraint has come back to haunt them as the Democrats seek to shift the blame they have done so much to earn to the shoulders of their political opponents.

The Democratic attack on George Bush is based on an intelligence analysis he received a month before 9/11, which indicated that al-Qaeda terrorists were planning to hijack planes. The described threats in this analysis came under the category "general" meaning they did not specify time, place or method, and they were uncorroborated. The reports the President received in the months prior to 9/11 described targets that were mainly overseas – in the Arabian Peninsula, Israel, Italy, Paris, Rome and Turkey. On the slim reed of the existence of a possible hijacking threat in the United States – included with all these others -- the Democrats have built their treacherous case.

Yet hijackings occur and have occurred for forty years. On most occasions they are stopped. Nine of the 9/11 hijackers were hauled out of airport security lines as they were boarding the fatal flights that September. But because airport security had not been tightened – and could not be tightened without a battle royal with Democrats over "racial profiling" the al-Qaeda hijackers were allowed to continue and carry out their sinister design. Shutting down the U.S. airline industry or sounding a national alarm that would produce the same effect in August 2001 on the basis of a vague report that a hijacking was possible is something no administration has ever done in 40 years of hijacking incidents. Yet this is the logic behind the Democrats’ present "investigation."

If, on the other hand, Bush had known what the Clinton Administration knew – that al-Qaeda had plans to use commercial airliners as bombs and fly them into buildings – specifically the CIA -- this would be a serious charge. But they did not know it, because the Clinton team never told them.

Although the Clinton security team knew that Operation Bojinka included blowing up the CIA building in Langley, Virginia, it kept this information from the rest of the government. When Dale Watson, chief of the FBI’s International Terrorism Operations Section testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in February 1998, he withheld this vital information. He identified Operation Bojinka only as a plot to blow up U.S. air carriers, and assured the senators that the FBI had the situation under control.

It is possible that Clinton never received the information about Operation Bojinka, since his lack of interest in national security matters throughout the course of his administration has been noted by many – including his chief political advisor Dick Morris, and his chief "biographer" Joe Klein. February 1998 – the date of the FBI testimony -- is also the month after Monica Lewinsky became a national celebrity.

The fact that Bush didn’t know about plans to hijack planes and run them into tall buildings was confirmed by Condoleeza Rice at her recent press conference:

Dr. Rice: Hijacking before 9/11 and hijacking after 9/11 do mean two very, very different things. And so focusing on it before 9/11 – perhaps it’s clear that after 9/11 you would have looked at this differently, but certainly not before 9/11.

Q: And no discussion in this briefing, or any others, about the possibility of al-Qaeda hijacking, and the fact that there have been active investigations into the possibility of a CIA building plot, or an Eiffel Tower plot. Never came up?

Dr. Rice: It did not come up.

On September 10, 2001 a document landed on the President’s desk that he had commissioned months before. It was a plan to dismantle and destroy al-Qaeda and had taken months to prepare. It was necessary because the Clinton administration had drawn up no such plan in the eight years before.

The charge now being led by the Democrats against the nation’s commander-in-chief as he attempts to protect its citizens against the next certain terrorist attack is worse than unconscionable. It is one more Democratic stake driven into the heart of the nation’s security. Limiting the damage, defending his authority, in order to protect Americans from further harm is now the daunting task before the President and his team.

Israel. We must also not take part in a regional conference with Arafat or his representatives. We must not fall into this trap under any circumstances.

"When the Prime Minister turned to me and asked me to take part in the information effort, I responded willingly, and met with many Senators and Representatives. If I had any difficulties in explaining, it was not regarding why we want to expel Arafat; it was why we were *not* expelling him!

"The biggest mistake that was made [a reference to
Sharon, among others] was to promise the greatest prize for Palestinian terrorism: the establishment of their own independent state. Most people now feel that a state under Arafat would be a terrorist fortress dedicated to our destruction. But some say that without Arafat, and without the Tanzim, and with a different leadership, things would be different. Let's see if this is true. We want to ensure that such an entity does not receive more than self-rule. But it will demand all the powers of a state, such as controlling borders, bringing in weapons, control of airspace and the ability to knock down any Israeli plane that enters its area, the ability to sign peace treaties and military alliances with other countries. Once you give them a state, you give them all these things, even if there is an agreement to the contrary, for within a short time they will demand all these things, and they will assume these powers, and the world will stand by and do nothing - but it *will* stop us from trying to stop them. We will thus have created with our own hands a threat to our very existence. Arafat said it best when talking to reporters the day he signed the Oslo accords: "Since we can't defeat Israel in war, we must do it in stages, we must take whatever area of Palestine we can get, establish sovereignty there, and then at the right time, we will have to convince the Arab nations to join us in dealing the final blow to Israel.". Self-rule, yes. But a state with which to destroy the State of Israel - no.

"All the Likud governments objected to a Palestinian state, and with that we received our mandate from the public, and to this mandate all Likud leaders are bound. And yet something strange happened here: Without anyone approving it, without any democratic process - not in the party, not in the government, not in the Knesset, and certainly not in the country - but only with some ill-advised remarks [by Sharon in favor of a PA state], one of the foundation stones of our national security has been shaken, and suddenly the position of Sarid and Peres has become the official policy of the Government of Israel - and as a result, also that of the United States. Ladies and gentlemen, is this how critical decisions on our national existence are made??

"Just today we heard in the news that Shimon Peres met with Arafat's top aide, Muhammad Rashid, in order to discuss the 'reforms that must be made in the PA in order to enable a PA state.' We are told that we must not tie the government's hands in this matter - and I say that in this existential matter, we must tie its hands and stop this danger! If we end this evening without a clear decision on this matter, not only will we not stop the train of a PA state, we will even speed it up. For it will mean that the Likud has retreated from its principled positions..."

David Horowitz is editor-in-chief of FrontPageMagazine.com and president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture.

  

 

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bush; cia; defense; democrats; nationalsecurity
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To: Pyro7480
An awesome post. The DNC is truly amazing in its deceit and evil.
41 posted on 05/19/2002 11:27:14 PM PDT by friendly
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42 posted on 05/19/2002 11:31:32 PM PDT by mr1776
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To: mr1776
bump for later reading!
43 posted on 05/20/2002 1:01:25 AM PDT by cgk
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To: ladyinred
I think they did. I also think that if the DemocRATs get control of the House in November they will find some pretext to impeach President Bush as payback for Clinton's impeachment. Regaining the Senate and keeping the House is vital.
44 posted on 05/20/2002 1:57:47 AM PDT by altair
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for the great post.

Bookmarking for later backup and argumentation.

45 posted on 05/20/2002 2:55:55 AM PDT by happygrl
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To: nutmeg
There is a SMALL problem here,I think.

The information about Yousef wanting to ram planes into buildings was in Federal Court Testimony of the trial for WTC I.

There was no way it was kept secret form Bush or anyone else.

46 posted on 05/20/2002 4:02:53 AM PDT by Betty Jo
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To: Pyro7480
Detailed, very useful! Thanks for finding it, posting it.
47 posted on 05/20/2002 4:03:31 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE
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To: Pyro7480
Awesome! Bookmark Bump.
48 posted on 05/20/2002 4:08:16 AM PDT by PeaceBeWithYou
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To: Pyro7480
Bump for later read.
49 posted on 05/20/2002 4:36:01 AM PDT by mickie
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To: hobbes1
ping for you.
50 posted on 05/20/2002 4:41:56 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Pyro7480
Thanks for the ping. All the more reason to get the Senate and strengthen our hold in the House. BUMP!!
51 posted on 05/20/2002 5:29:14 AM PDT by RFP
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To: nutmeg;RoadKing
I stole this from RoadKing on another thread, but it didn't have a link.

Mash Here

To: vannrox

If you want a visual of what we as a Nation should never forget, visit this powerful site. The pictures of those innocent victims and grieving family who lost their loved ones to the murder of the terrorist bastards of 9/11 are what should be burned permanently into each American's minds when things begin "getting back to normal". I am still in a RAGE over what happened and will NEVER forget!! Have some tissues handy when logging in. Be patient as it takes some time to load. http://www.politicsandprotest.org

238 posted on 11/20/01 3:14 AM Eastern by RoadKing

6 Month Bump!!!!!!!!!!!!

52 posted on 05/20/2002 6:55:32 AM PDT by Gore_ War_ Vet
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To: Pyro7480
""And no one is more singularly responsible for America’s vulnerability on that fateful day than the Democratic president, Bill Clinton, and his White House staff."

Bump for great justice.

53 posted on 05/20/2002 7:26:34 AM PDT by The G Man
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To: MJY1288
What are they doing? Filing Rose Law Firm Documents?

Or burying last night's hooker..

54 posted on 05/20/2002 7:30:32 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: nutmeg
bump!
55 posted on 05/20/2002 7:38:58 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Pyro7480
I just read this last might. Front page News is a very cool website.

Having said that, I will now kick this to the top! :d

56 posted on 05/20/2002 7:52:29 AM PDT by Arioch7
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To: Pyro7480
Ping for later
57 posted on 05/20/2002 8:11:28 AM PDT by mondonico
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To: Betty Jo
The information about Yousef wanting to ram planes into buildings was in Federal Court Testimony of the trial for WTC I.

Source please.

58 posted on 05/20/2002 8:14:28 AM PDT by VRWC_minion
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To: cgk
Not every Democrat is as kooky or anti-American as Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) who sits with Democratic connivance on the International Relations Committee and spent the week before 9-11 joining hands in South Africa with Iranians and other Islamo-fascists to condemn the United States, then came home to accuse Bush of plotting 9-11 so that his friends in the Carlyle Group could make war profits on defense contracts.

Here's that Horowitz column.

59 posted on 05/20/2002 8:19:29 AM PDT by aristeides
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I haven't taken a look at the Emperor's New Clothes in a while, but they were very anti-Clinton during the Kosovo War. I kind of doubt that the Dems are funding them.
60 posted on 05/20/2002 8:22:09 AM PDT by aristeides
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