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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 02:44 PM

Salon - How to debunk George W. Bush’s attempts at revisionism

1) Bush kept us safe: The biggest myth of the Bush presidency, by far, is that the president kept the country safe. As Charles Krauthammer wrote this week in the Washington Post in a typical example: “It’s important to note that he did not just keep us safe. He created the entire anti-terror infrastructure that continues to keep us safe … Which is why there was not one successful terror bombing on U.S. soil from 9/11 until last week.”

Just no. First of all, why does 9/11 not count? It’s not like the U.S. government was completely unaware of the threat from al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden until 9/11. After all, bin Laden had already helped orchestrate the U.S. Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania that killed hundreds in 1998, and Bill Clinton launched cruise missiles into Sudan and Afghanistan to try to kill bin Laden three years before 9/11. And then there’s that CIA briefing that warned Bush: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” — 36 days before Sept. 11. Bush’s response to the briefer giving him the news? To say, “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.” Then he went fishing. Literally.


As for the claim that there were no terror attacks on U.S. soil after 9/11 under Bush — also bogus. Conor Friedersdorf writes:


“Bush’s tenure included anthrax attacks that killed five people (more than died in the Boston marathon bombing) and that injured between 22 and 68 people. Bush was president when Hesham Mohamed Hadayet killed two and wounded four at an LAX ticket counter; when the Beltway snipers killed 10 people; when Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar injured six driving his SUV into a crowd; and when Naveed Afzal Haq killed one woman and shot five others in Seattle.”

Also, there was the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, just before the 2000 election, which should have brought an extra warning about the al-Qaida threat, and later on, bombings in London, Madrid, and Jordan. Meanwhile, thanks to the wars there, much of the attention from international terror went to Iraq and Afghanistan, where al-Qaida and sympathetic groups found it easier to kill American soldiers than to attack Americans on U.S. soil.


More at: http://www.salon.com/2013/04/27/bush_is_not_back_and_he_is_still_terrible/

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 02:47 PM

1. But all we have are facts

 

They have Faux.

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 07:54 PM

2. k and r

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Sat Apr 27, 2013, 11:40 PM

3. Well, Krauthhammer is technically correct (but his words are chosen very carefully)

Krauthammer > “It’s important to note that he did not just keep us safe. He created the entire anti-terror infrastructure that continues to keep us safe … Which is why there was not one successful terror bombing on U.S. soil from 9/11 until last week.”


If "from 9/11" means "since 9/11". All the other terror incidents since 9/11 during the Bush reign didn't involve bombs. Actually, technically, neither did 9/11 for that matter (although you could call it using flying planes as bombs). So by choosing one's words very carefully "not one successful terror bombing on U.S. soil" he is correct -- a perfect illustration of the grossly misleading half-truth.

And like you say in the last sentence, lots of Americans died on Iraqi and Afghanistani soil from successful terror bombings thanks to Bush. (And do I dare say the other way around is true too?)

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