I know the Fox News demographic is old people, but when its reporters and commentators say the solution is getting a horse and buggy, or driving cars from the 1960s, it just seems like the perfect Fox story: Combine nostalgia with paranoia.
Besides, we’re all dead anyway when Skynet becomes self-aware:
For the next time someone tells you what a great job George Bush, the Dumber, did in the battle against terrorism (via Salon and Crooks and Liars):
Over 120 CIA documents concerning 9/11, Osama bin Laden and counterterrorism were published today for the first time, having been newly declassified and released to the National Security Archive. The documents were released after the NSA pored through the footnotes of the 9/11 Commission and sent Freedom of Information Act requests.
The material contains much new information about the hunt before and after 9/11 for bin Laden, the development of the drone campaign in AfPak, and al-Qaida’s relationship with America’s ally, Pakistan. Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him. The CIA materials directly contradict the many claims of Bush officials that it was aggressively pursuing al-Qaida prior to 9/11, and that nobody could have predicted the attacks. “I don’t think the Bush administration would want to see these released, because they paint a picture of the CIA knowing something would happen before 9/11, but they didn’t get the institutional support they needed,” says Barbara Elias-Sanborn, the NSA fellow who edited the materials.
[…] Many of the documents publicize for the first time what was first made clear in the 9/11 Commission: The White House received a truly remarkable amount of warnings that al-Qaida was trying to attack the United States. From June to September 2011, a full seven CIA Senior Intelligence Briefs detailed that attacks were imminent, an incredible amount of information from one intelligence agency. One from June called “Bin-Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats” writes that “(redacted) expects Usama Bin Laden to launch multiple attacks over the coming days.” The famous August brief called “Bin Ladin Determined to Strike the US” is included. “Al-Qai’da members, including some US citizens, have resided in or travelled to the US for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure here,” it says. During the entire month of August, President Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Texas — which tied with one of Richard Nixon’s as the longest vacation ever taken by a president. CIA Director George Tenet has said he didn’t speak to Bush once that month, describing the president as being “on leave.” Bush did not hold a Principals’ meeting on terrorism until September 4, 2001, having downgraded the meetings to a deputies’ meeting, which then-counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke has repeatedly said slowed down anti-Bin Laden efforts “enormously, by months.”
Mahmoud Amadinejad, the president of Iran, went to the U.N. recently and spouted out his usual nonsense that the U.S. was secretly behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
Here’s how ridiculous that conspiracy theory is. Al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the 9/11 plot, says he’s an idiot:
The latest issue of the terrorist group’s English-language magazine Inspire, quoted in the Iranian media (via The Guardian), says:
“The Iranian government has professed on the tongue of its president Ahmadinejad that it does not believe that al-Qaeda was behind 9/11 but rather, the US government,” the article said, according to Iranian media. “So we may ask the question: why would Iran ascribe to such a ridiculous belief that stands in the face of all logic and evidence?”
So wrapping this up: Mahmoud Amadinejad is being called an idiot by al-Qaeda, and al-Qaeda has a magazine.
Paul D. Wolfowitz, the former deputy secretary of defense, said Monday that “most Republicans have been applauding what [Obama] did.” However, he added, the operation “also rested heavily on some of those controversial policies” instituted by Bush, such as setting up the Guantanamo camp. He spoke in a conference call organized by the American Enterprise Institute.
“All of this was made possible by the relentless, sustained pressure on al-Qaeda that the Bush administration initiated after 9/11 and that the Obama administration has wisely chosen to continue,” former Defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrote on Facebook.
Juan Zarate, who served as deputy national security adviser for terrorism issues in the second George W. Bush administration, said the carryover of personnel to the Obama administration contributed to the successful effort. For example, Nick Rasmussen, Zarate’s deputy at the National Security Council, is now a deputy to Obama’s chief counterterrorism adviser, John O. Brennan.
“The reality is, there’s been a lot of continuity in our counterterrorism activities,” he said.
Someone hand me a bucket of cold water:
Thank you. That was from 2002. Six months after 9/11.
Oh, and this from the 2004 campaign:
The Bush administration lost bin Laden after Sept. 11, 2001. That was almost 10 years ago. That’s not an exaggeration. Bush admitted it.
You did not need a whole army to do it. All you needed was a small crew and good and cost-effective intelligence. And how does one get good intelligence in this complicated world? By respecting the international community and not attacking members of your own intelligence community.
While the American population was being distracted by ego-maniacal carnival barkers, tea baggers and Fox News mouthpieces, our Kenyan-born, birth-certificate hiding, socialist, fascist, communist secret-Muslim president was busy tracking down the murderer whom the Mission Accomplished cowboy from Texas let get away.
But this story isn’t over. We still have soldiers risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq, places we wouldn’t still be in if W. had been a competent president. And we learned today that our allies in that region are stabbing us in the back.
Bin Laden wasn’t hiding in a cave. And he wasn’t in a remote inaccessible corner of the mountains of Afghanistan being protected by radical religious fanatics. He less than 100 miles away from the capital city of our Pakistani allies. And he was in a luxury mansion down the block from a military academy … the Pakistani equivalent of West Point.
The Pakistan government knew where bin Laden was all the time. Pakistan’s military was protecting the murderer of thousands of people worldwide. That’s the reason why the U.S. didn’t let Pakistan know what was going on in Obama’s manhunt for Osama until the very last minute.
We cannot trust Pakistan. And since that country has nuclear weapons, we have to keep the thought in the back of our minds that if there is a nuclear threat to America today, it isn’t coming from Iran.