The Orwellian mindset of the Bush Administration lives on.
According to Mary Matalin, George Bush “inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nations history.”
Ms. Matalin, who was President on September 11, 2001? It wasn’t George Bush’s predecessor.
Ms. Matalin, who was given a Presidential Daily Briefing on August 6, 2001 with the title “Bid Laden Determined to Strike Inside the United States”? It wasn’t George Bush’s predecessor.
Ms. Matalin, who was the President whose response to the Presidential Daily Briefing on August 6, 2001 was, “You’ve covered your ass, now”? It certainly wasn’t George Bush’s predecessor.
George Bush did inherit was a plan formulated by the Clinton administration to retaliate against al-Qaeda for the bombing of the USS Cole. Clinton did not implement this plan, because he did not want to saddle his successor with a foreign operation, as he had been saddled with Somalia from his predecessor.
George Bush also inherited counter-terrorism exports like Richard Clarke, who were then shunted aside because the Bush administration believed the threat to the United States was from ballistic missiles, not terrorism.
Bush inherited the tools to stop 9-11 from happening.
Bush frittered those tools away.
Matalin is not the first to assert that 9-11 didn’t happen on Bush’s watch. Former press secretaries Ari Fleischer and Dana Perino have both stated the same.
Saying, as Matalin does, that 9-11 was a problem that Bush inherited, does not make it true. The attempt at historical revisionism of Bush Administration officials on 9-11 needs to end.