Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Clinton/Bush and Terror

Contributed by Lonna:

In an attempt to counter the fabric of misinformation which, along with fear-mongering will be Bush and the GOP’s attempt to manipulate the midterm elections, and to correct the misinformation contained in a partisan ABC fake docudrama, “Path to 9/11” a few facts are called for:

In 1996, Clinton proposed $1.097 billion omnibus anti-terror package only to have the GOP Congress whittle it down to next to nothing. When Clinton tried to ban American companies from doing business with banks laundering al Qaeda money, he was thwarted by the GOP, who called the measures "totalitarian." Clinton reached an agreement with 20 nations to close tax havens used by al Qaeda, but upon entering office, Bush immediately withdrew US participation in that agreement.

According to Roger Cressy, National Security Council senior director for counterterrorism in the period 1999-2001, "Mr. Clinton approved every request made of him by the CIA and the U.S. military involving using force against bin Laden and al-Qaeda"

The outgoing Clinton administration strongly warned the incoming Bush administration that terrorism should be their top priority. On January 25th 2001, only a few days after Bush took office, terrorism czar Richard Clark sent a memo to then National Security Advisor Condaleeza Rice “We urgently need … a Principals level review on the al Qida network…al Qida is not some narrow, little terrorist issue…” No meeting was held until Sept. 4, 2001. The FAA received at least 52 warnings of threats against airlines, mentioning Bin Laden, Al Qaeda or both. The administration did nothing.

Additionally, according to Ron Susskind’s book “The One Percent Doctrine,” not only did Bush receive the August 9th PDB “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US” but also in August panicked CIA analysts flew to Crawford to intrude on his vacation with face to face alerts. The President was unconcerned. He said “All right, you’ve covered you’re a—es, now,” and sent them on their way.

The world backed our invasion of Afghanistan, and Al Qaeda was effectively broken, but Bush let bin Laden go at Tora Bora, and his unjustified invasion of Iraq so angered the rest of the world that Bush became the best recruiting agent bin Laden ever had. al Qaeda expanded to more than 60 countries.

Iraq, which had no terrorists before the invasion is a breeding ground for terrorists now thanks to the incompetence and hubris of Donald Rumsfeld and G.W. Bush.

This is what Nicholas Przybyla (involved in the initial invasion of Afghanistan, 2001-2002) had to say about it: I have this on my truck along with what some other Iraq veterans said and say.

“I'm here to stop the war I guess trying to put an end to it and let people know what's going on is total bullshit. I had a top secret clearance and every day we would receive intelligence briefings twice a day, and it came down towards the end of our deployment that we had killed about twenty suspected terrorists, members of the Taliban.
We got about seven hostages onboard and the total deaths of civilian casualties was about three thousand-most of them were children—, and I just don't think that's a good way to fight a war just to blow the shit out of a country, kill a bunch of innocent people, and then charge into another country that has nothing to do with it… the intelligence briefings that we got said that the 13th Marines had Osama bin Laden and all his buddies cornered in the Tora Bora Mountains, and it was only a matter of time before we uncovered them. After we were relieved, we were relieved by the (Bomb Homer Shard) Amphibious Ready Group. They went in and did the same thing that we did, have him even more cornered and.. they just let him go.
All the troops were pulled out and sent to Iraq over bullshit when the real person that was responsible for September 11th was set free. That's a fact… my personal opinion is that I think the Bush administration wanted bin Laden to go free so that they could scare the rest of the country and just keep them scared and move into Iraq and not be questioned about it. I joined the military and now like I said before sometimes I get people that come up to me and say thank you for your contribution thank you for protecting us and I think that's kind of stupid because we weren't protecting them at all.
Our National Guard is gone. America's weaker than it's ever been on a home front attack, and it's completely pointless to go to Iraq and die over something that serves no purpose. It's completely insane.


Blogger Dedanna said...

Thank you. I printed this post.

9:02 AM, September 12, 2006  

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