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George W. Bush Did Not Keep Us Safe

In 9/11, Bush DID not keep us safe, Bush speechless, CNN Jake Tapper, Donald Trump attacks Bush, http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008/kind#post, My brother kept us safe, Paul O'Neill, Trump a d Bush swap "Pathetic" on October 18, 2015 at 9:57 PM

9/11: What Bush knew


Donald Trumps latest attack against a Republican rival was directed at a past president who (knowing Trump) was an indirect salvo against candidate Jeb Bush. 
During an interview this past Friday, the inimitable carnival barker chose to answer a question regarding national emergencies as such:

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We can rest assured the comment was not an inadvertent truism from Trump. It was as strategic an enticement as any campaign tactic Trump has deployed since joining the 2016 run for the GP nomination. You already know how Jeb Bush responded to the “bait and hook” Trump tactic; in case you don’t know here you are….

How pathetic for @realdonaldtrump to criticize the president for 9/11. We were attacked & my brother kept us safe.

Of course, you know the GOP “Twitter King” immediately responded:


No @JebBush, you’re pathetic for saying nothing happened during your brother’s term when the World Trade Center was attacked and came down.

As the Twitter war transpired, it seems someone in a position to mold Trump’s oratory (albeit it temporarily) must have reached the ‘barker’ with a cease and desist. Trump reacted to impromptu questions about his comments and Jeb Bush’s retort in a most uncharacteristic manner; he refused to open his mouth for the first time since June of this year. 

As today is Sunday with news shows across the full television channel spectrum. You had to know CNN would book Jeb Bush for additional comment.  Let’s face it, Sunday is not a full Sabbath without media “gotchas.” 

Jeb Bush has established himself as the least verbally gifted of all GOP candidates. His appearance on CNN, re-established his serious shortcoming when responding to media hosts or reporters.

Jake Tapper and Jeb Bush. 

https://youtu.be/xe9CUl6pf_E

AddictingInfo’s Sarah offers a transcript analysis of a portion of the interview.

Sitting down on Sunday with Jake Tapper on CNN’s State of the Union, Jeb continued his narrative in defense of his brother. Tapper was very quick to point out his obvious loyalty towards his brother, and the mindboggling hypocrisy in regards to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya and how Jeb insists Hillary Clinton handled things improperly.
After Jeb kept going on and on about his brother, Tapper asked:

“Obviously Al Qaeda was responsible for the terrorist attack of 9/11, but how do you respond to critics who ask, if your brother and his administration bear no responsibility at all, how do you then make the jump that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are responsible for what happened at Benghazi?”

Which, quite literally left Jeb speechless, leaving CNN with dead air time for a couple of seconds. Finally, mustering something up, Jeb began in his reply, stuttering:

“Well I — the question on Benghazi which, is hopefully we’ll now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure? They had a responsibility, the Department of State, to have proper security. There were calls for security, it looks like they didn’t get it. And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack, was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? That’s what the investigation is about, it’s not a political issue. It’s not about the broad policy issue, is were we doing the job of protecting our embassies and our consulates and during the period, those hours after the attack started, could they have been saved?”

Basically, a complete non-answer, not at all answering Tapper regarding hypocrisy.
Tapper, quick to notice this non-answer and continuing of the same narrative he’s been spouting, asks:

“Well that’s, that’s kind of proving the point of the critics I was just asking about, because you don’t want to have your brother bear responsibility for 9/11 and I understand that argument and Al Qaeda’s responsible, but why are the terrorists not the ones who are responsible for these attacks in Libya?”

Jeb, still unable to come up with something coherent, says:

“They are, of course they are but — of course they are, but if the ambassador was asking for additional security and didn’t get it, that’s a proper point and if it’s proven that the security was adequate compared to other embassies, fine, we’ll move on.”

Still, he never answered Tapper’s question, because either way you look at it, no matter how Jeb answers it, he’s going to make himself look bad.

The Jeb Bush quagmire continues to snare the candidate as thoroughly as a law enforcement (Cop) speed trap at month’s end. Bush continues to tread in an area most in  the GOP have little to no interest in pursuing: “he kept us safe.” 

Two key points. First, reports have it Bush and his security team ignored warnings of Osama bin Laden’s interest in reaching big targets in the US. The INTEL reports included information on foreign nationals enrolled in large aircraft flying lessons with no interest in takeoff and landing instruction. It was also reported the Bush security team ignored warnings within one month of 9/11. 

Another consideration is insider reports of Bush’s personal indifference to any information that appears to lead away counter to his interest “getting” Saddam Hussein. 

White House insider Paul O’Neill with Time Magazine in 2004:

Excerpt

From his first meeting with the President, O’Neill found Bush unengaged and inscrutable, an inside account far different from the shiny White House brochure version of an unfailing leader questioning aides with rapid-fire intensity. The two met one-on-one almost every week, but O’Neill says he had trouble divining his boss’s goals and ideas. Bush was a blank slate rarely asking questions or issuing orders, unlike Nixon and Ford, for whom O’Neill also worked. “I wondered from the first, if the President didn’t know the questions to ask,” O’Neill says in the book, “or if he did know and just not want to know the answers? Or did his strategy somehow involve never showing what he thought? But you can ask questions, gather information and not necessarily show your hand. It was strange.” In larger meetings, Bush was similarly walled off. Describing top-level meetings, O’Neill tells Suskind that during the course of his two years the President was “like a blind man in a roomful of deaf people.”

 No, George W. Bush did not “keep us safe.”

Additional reading from Salon:

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