Bush on Terrorism: Ignoring the Warning


Six Years ago today, President Bush was briefed on the threat Al Qaeda posed to the US. The document was titled Bin Laden Determined to Strike in the US. Was it ignored because the reporting came from the Clinton administration? Because a strike could only benefit a president installed rather than elected in the most damnably contentious election in our nation’s history? Was it just sheer incompetence?

This comes to me via a blogswarm (via Blue Gal). But the lesson here is one that should be repeated again and again and again and again by every free thinking politician out there. The Bush presidency has been a dire warning against ignoring actual threats. Our efforts in Afghanistan have not weakened Al Qaeda. In fact our incursion into Iraq has helped strengthen our enemies, financially and politically, and unite them against us.

George Bush has made the world a much more dangerous place for all of us, especially for us Americans. John Kerry tried to get us back on track when he said he would keep his eye and efforts on our actual enemy. We ignored him and ate up Bush’s hollow caricatures of the man as a flip flopper. We thought that taxes and other conservative forget me nots were more important than civil liberties and equality. But above all else we once more fell for that great lie, that the strawman argument makes sound security policy.

We must not make the same mistake in 2008.

(image from Tengrain of Mock, Paper, Scissors)


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