Beating the Bushes
Donald Trump did finally say, months into his candidacy for president, something that is, amazingly, both accurate, and with which I can wholeheartedly agree:
“I am not blaming George Bush for 9/11, but I am tired of hearing Jeb Bush state that his brother kept our country safe!”
Rumors about what the Federal government knew about the 9/11 attacks beforehand have been circulating since Day 1.
What seems clear is that there were numerous different pieces of intelligence that foreshadowed what was to come.
It is less clear how much sharing of this information was done, or not, and how much COULD have been accomplished, even without the territorialism between agencies that existed back then — and still does, to a certain extent.
How “safe” were we?
Colin Powell took office as George Bush’s first Secretary of State and served from January 20, 2001 to January 26, 2005.
• January 22, 2002. Calcutta, India, five people are killed in an attack on the U.S. Consulate.
• June 14, 2002. Karachi, Pakistan, an attack by Al-Qaeda on the U.S. Consulate there kills and injures another 50.
• October 12, 2002. Denpasar, Indonesia, the largest Muslim country in the world, U.S. diplomatic offices were bombed — injuries, no fatalities.
• February 28, 2003. Islamabad, Pakistan, an armed attack on the U.S. Embassy results in two deaths.
• May 12, 2003. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Al-Qaeda terrorists attack the U. S. diplomatic compound killing 36 people, including nine Americans.
• July 30, 2004. Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Two people are killed in an attack at the U.S. embassy.
• December 6, 2004. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Another Al-Qaeda attack kills nine people.
I have searched high and low, and cannot find the special investigation of Colin Powell that was conducted by Congress for any of these incidents.
Additionally, in March of 2015, Colin Powell admitted to ABC News that he 1) used private emails during his tenure as Secretary of State, and 2) deleted all of them and no longer has them. The ensuing silence has been “deafening” — and defining.
Condoleezza Rice replaced Colin Powell as Secretary of State in January of 2005.
• March 2, 2006. Karachi, Pakistan, an attack at the U.S. Consulate kills.
• September 12, 2006. Damascus, Syria. Four armed gunmen attack the U.S. Embassy, four people are killed, a dozen wounded.
• January 12, 2007. Athens, Greece. Rocket-propelled grenade fired at the U.S. Embassy, injuries, but no fatalities.
• March 18, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Grenades aimed at the U.S. Embassy miss the target, but kill two in a nearby school.
• July 9, 2008. Istanbul, Turkey. A terrorist attack at the U.S. Consulate kills six people.
• September 17, 2008. Sana’a, Yemen. Terrorists dressed in military gear attack the U.S. Embassy, killing sixteen people.
And then we have Dick Cheney on Fox, in May of 2013: “I watched the Benghazi thing with great interest, Sean [Hannity]. I think it’s one of the worst incidences, frankly, that I can recall in my career.”
Comparing Benghazi to my lists is difficult to do, especially for poor old Dick, particularly, I imagine, when a lot of the people on those lists killed and injured were not white people.
Oh, wait! What was I thinking? I forgot one!
September 11, 2001. 3,000 people killed while Dick was Vice-President of the United States and arguably serving as Puppetmaster for his boss.
You can read a decent list of the people killed on 9/11 here, excluding airline passengers and crews: http://www.philaahzophy.com/2008/09/11/complete-list-of-people-killed-in-911-attacks/
Really, Dick? Comparing Benghazi to 9/11? You know, the one where, again arguably, you and Georgie fiddled while Rome burned?
Nice call, Dick.
Despite some of his failings and missteps, Jeb Bush is good people, as is John Kasich and represent the cream of the GOP crop — despite their low ratings levels.
On the other hand, I actually hope that Trump is the ultimate nominee, the growing draft-Romney movement notwithstanding. In the heat of battle, whether it is Bernie or Hillary opposing him, he will lose his cool and will say something- perhaps numerous somethings — sexist, racist, classist — whatever, and it will be game over.