Tuesday, April 20, 2004
What They Did When They Knew
I haven't written much about the whole 9-11 inquiry thing, since there are people far more qualified than me to talk about American politics, Americans, for example. My own view, for what it's worth is that, as ever, the Democrats are flirting with self-parody. In fact, Blame Bush! sums up the Democrat position better than they could themselves:
Condoleeza's no doubt in hot water with her massah over that little slip up yesterday. As the title of a classified memo shockingly reveals, "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Inside the United States". I know, I was floored when I heard it, too. I mean, who the hell knew?
Apparently, Bush knew, yet did nothing. Once this memo is completely declassified and Bush's dirty little lies are exposed to the whole world, it may even be discovered that Osama has hated us for a long, long time. If so, why didn't Bush do anything about it? Why didn't he ground all the planes, close the airports, evacuate every tall building in the country? Why didn't he hold out an olive branch of peace and understanding to Al Qaeda, so that we could avoid this bloody war, and join hands as brothers and sisters under one big, giant, rainbow of love?
Which is the point, of course. The L3 say Bush let it happen, that he could've stopped it somehow. But they never actually say what they wanted him to have done. Consider this report from Ann Coulter:
Last week, 9/11 commissioner John Lehman revealed that "it was the policy (before 9/11) and I believe remains the policy today to fine airlines if they have more than two young Arab males in secondary questioning because that's discriminatory." Hmmm ... Is 19 more than two? Why, yes, I believe it is. So if two Jordanian cab drivers are searched before boarding a flight out of Newark, Osama bin Laden could then board that plane without being questioned. I'm no security expert, but I'm pretty sure this gives terrorists an opening for an attack.
This is happening now, when everyone knows exactly what the threat is. The L3 won't put their right-on posturing aside even to prevent mass murder, but Bush should've been able to bring in measures to protect the whole of America against any form of attack by unknown assailants.
Contary to what the Kraut said: one thing in this war is certain - whenever action is taken to deal with the threat we have the L3 lying in the road whining about the BushHitler, John AshKKKroft and the like. The charge against Bush is that, based on sketchy reports of possible activity somewhere in the US, he didn't take some unspecified action to protect America. The charge against the Left is that they have taken very specific actions that have inhibited the ability of Western Civilisation to defend itself. If Bush failing to take some, never quite stated, action renders him unfit for public office, what should be done with the people whose policies actively helped Al-Quaida strike at America ?