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And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident."
He's the commander in chief of the US armed forces. He's the president. He's the mouthpiece. He's driving the getaway car, as far as lame excuses go. He's a perp.
Originally posted by Boone 870
reply to post by Caustic Logic
Do you have transcripts to the town hall meetings where he said that?
I always took that statement as,'' I saw an airplane had hit the tower''.
“Well, Jordan, you're not going to believe what state I was in when I heard about the terrorist attack. I was in Florida. And my chief of staff, Andy Card -- actually I was in a classroom, talking about a reading program… that works! And I was sitting outside the classroom waiting to go in, and I saw an airplane hit the tower -- the TV was obviously on, and I use to fly myself, and I said, "There's one terrible pilot." And I said, "It must have been a horrible accident. But I was whisked off there -- I didn't have much time to think about it."
"Anyway, I was sitting there, and my Chief of Staff -- well, first of all, when we walked into the classroom, I had seen this plane fly into the first building. There was a TV set on. And you know, I thought it was pilot error and I was amazed that anybody could make such a terrible mistake. And something was wrong with the plane, or -- anyway, I'm sitting there, listening to the briefing, and Andy Card came and said, "America is under attack."
These incongruous stories are certainly a curious window onto the President’s psychology. Everyone remembers where they were on 9-11, so why are his memories so strange and so obviously untrue?
"But I was whisked off there -- I didn't have much time to think about it." How much thinking time did he need? The math was simple. No matter how Bush heard of the crash, his response in each case was consistent - it was an accident. In a period of heightened terrorism alert, with mentions of possible hijackings in previous weeks, and just hours after a possible assassination attempt, Bush claims he believed that a plane being flown full speed into the World Trade Center – and if he was seeing it, he’d know it was an airliner - was an accident.
BEN-VENISTE: Isn't it a fact, Dr. Rice, that the August 6 PDB warned against possible attacks in this country? And I ask you whether you recall the title of that PDB?
RICE: I believe the title was, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States."
BEN-VENISTE: Thank you.
RICE: No, Mr. Ben-Veniste...
BEN-VENISTE: I will get into the...
RICE: I would like to finish my point here.
BEN-VENISTE: I didn't know there was a point.
RICE: Given that -- you asked me whether or not it warned of attacks.
BEN-VENISTE: I asked you what the title was.
RICE: You said, did it not warn of attacks. It did not warn of attacks inside the United States. It was historical information based on old reporting. There was no new threat information. And it did not, in fact, warn of any coming attacks inside the United States.
Do they think we are stupid?
Do they think we are stupid?
Strauss agreed with the ancient philosophers that the foolish and vulgar masses had no natural right to liberty; that they should be subordinated by an intellectual elite. He further argued that the elite could not rule directly because the masses would distrust them. Instead, they should command the ear of those in power.
As Shadia B Drury explains in her paper, Saving America, Leo Strauss and the neoconservatives:
…Strauss referred to the right of the superior to rule as “the tyrannical teaching” of the ancients which must be kept secret. But what is the reason for secrecy? Strauss tells us that the tyrannical teaching must be kept secret for two reasons - to spare the people’s feelings and to protect the elite from possible reprisals. After all, the people are not likely to be favourably disposed to the fact that they are intended for subordination.
Thus the intellectuals were required to manufacture ‘noble lies’ as a ‘necessary pabulum to placate the people and make them comply with the[ir] will.’