posted on Sep, 11 2012 @ 12:16 PM
The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 - The New York Times
The Deafness Before the Storm
(New York Times - nytimes.com)
Additional excerpts from "Presidential daily briefings" call into question the response of the Bush Admin. to the threat posed by AQ prior to the
A brief synopsis of the article:
Bush Admin. released one Top-Secret "presidential daily briefing" per a FOIA request - the August 6 briefing which had the headline “Bin Laden
Determined to Strike in U.S.”
Bush Admin. have defended their lack of action on the daily briefing as being too vague.
A reporter from the NYTimes has been obtaining portions of prior daily briefings that depict the warnings as much more consistent, much earlier than
August, and more specific than the one on August 6.
The Bush Admin. however was also much more consistent in ignoring these earlier warnings as well, thinking they were a distraction from the planned
war in Iraq.
On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that [August 6] daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from
the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance,
saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some
critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.
That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those
documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable
conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more
negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the
briefs that came before it.
You'll have to visit the article link above, to read of the warnings Bush had of the impending strike. Had his advisors been paying attention, the
nation could have gone on higher alert status to at least safeguard the airports, but they failed in every way to do their job.
The scary part, is many of these same advisors are set to return to the White House as foreign policy advisers/War Cabinet to
W. Mitt Romney
) (see also
Mitt Romney's Neocon War Cabinet
This illustrates one point well, the "deafness" of ideologues who set their course based on preconceived notions that ignore reality. Bush did that
in 2001 - ignored the threat of AQ to instead remain blindly devoted to invading Iraq. Are we doing the same now? Ignoring reality to remain blindly
devoted to invading Iran?