So now the new Big Lie is beginning to emerge, this time from the pen of a new source, retired Bush Admistration anti-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke: the ascendance of Al Qaeda is now George W. Bush’s fault.
"Frankly," he said, "I find it outrageous that the president is running for re-election on the grounds that he's done such great things about terrorism. He ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We'll never know."So it goes like this: President Bush let the events of September eleventh happen because, in the eight months between his inauguration and 9/11, he did “nothing” about Al Qaeda. That’s right, "nothing." Is this the same nothing that the Clinton administration did in eight years, after five Al Qaeda attacks on the US and its assets, hundreds of dead Americans, Kenyans and Tanzanians and thousands of wounded/permanently disfigured and disabled, unanswered, unavenged?
My question to Mr. Clarke—a holdover from the Reagan, Bush Senior and Clinton Administrations--is this: did the Clinton Administration have evidence of an Al Qaeda cell (Mohammad Atta and co.) operating in the United States? If so, were investigations started and ongoing during the change of administrations? I ask, because, as we now know, the planning for 9/11 didn't start on George W. Bush's inauguration day.
Also, I suppose that the Bush administration was supposed find the missing files from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that seem to have disappeared on January 29, 2001, find and appoint a new director for the disheveled organization—recall that the present director, Robert Mueller, was confirmed in August 2001--and then use it to crack open a domestic terror organization, the same one that the outgoing administration couldn’t manage to catch even when its leader was handed to them on a silver platter. I guess many must have higher estimates of the abilities of the Bush Administration to protect the nation than they did of its predecessor. Yeah, that’s it.
I also suppose that Operations Infinite Justice, and Mountain Storm and all the hard work done in Afghanistan between the two operations mean “nothing,” since the adminstration did "nothing" before 9/11. (Was that Leftist whining that I heard, something about "preemption?") I suppose that the fact that Saddam Hussein was providing rewards to the families of suicide bombers in Israel was to be expected. I suppose that Hussein’s Iraq was the hub for every Islamist terrorist group on the planet is no big deal. And, I suppose that the fact that our military under the direction of the Bush Administration took Hussein out was “nothing.”
Democrats, please. Is your nitpicking of the Bush Administration efforts to fight terrorism and your efforts to deflect the shortcomings of your comrades onto this administration making Americans safer? Or is it just business; the standard election year politics-as-usual?
Well, check this out: these times are not the usual ones. These are do-or-die times.
My beef with Islamists is personal, times two, baby, and anything that’s done to keep them from their deserved fate only serves the interests of these evil people. Don’t think so? Keep on attempting to undermine this administration’s effort, then. Enjoy dhimmitude afterward.