Jeb was wrong; George W. didn't make us safer



I have a rather personal interest in facts relating to the 9/11 attack; I was almost killed by the second plane to hit the World Trade Center. During the GOP debate when Trump turned to Jeb, and said that George W. paved the way for Obama, and Jeb responded "But he made us safer", everyone clapped like trained seals.

Not me.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist. I don't believe the CIA, or George Bush, planned or knew about the 9/11 attacks. But I believe if George W. Bush had been doing his job of protecting the country, 9/11 might have been averted.

Bush has been warned that Bin Laden was planning to attack the US

On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush officials attempted to deflect criticismthat they had ignored C.I.A. warnings by saying they had not been told when and where the attack would occur. That is true, as far as it goes, but it misses the point. Throughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert. Indeed, even as the Aug. 6 brief was being prepared, Mohamed al-Kahtani, a Saudi believed to have been assigned a role in the 9/11 attacks, was stopped at an airport in Orlando, Fla., by a suspicious customs agent and sent back overseas on Aug. 4. Two weeks later, another co-conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui, was arrested on immigration charges in Minnesota after arousing suspicions at a flight school. But the dots were not connected, and Washington did not react.

If Bush had really been so concerned about our security, he would have ordered the State Department and related agencies to check up on the activities of recent Muslim visitors from suspect Middle Eastern nations.

According to the article quoted above, the warnings actually had started coming as early as May 1st, so Bush had time to react. Furthermore:

The political journal National Review obtained the visa applications for 15 of the 19 hijackers — and evidence that all of them should have been denied entry to the country.

Almost all of the hijacker's visas were issued in Saudi Arabia, at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh or the U.S. Consulate in Jedda. Terrorist ties aside, the applications themselves should have raised red flags, say experts. The forms are incomplete and often incomprehensible — yet that didn't stop any of the 15 terrorists for whom the visa applications were obtained from coming to the United States.

Brothers Wail and Waleed al Shehri applied together in October 2000. Under "occupation" Wail wrote "teater;" brother Waleed claimed "student." The name and address of alleged employer and school was listed as "South City," and the questionable U.S. destination named as "Wasantwn."

Visas approved.

Abdulaziz Alomari claimed to be a student but didn't name a school; claimed to be married but didn't name a spouse; under nationality and gender, he didn't list anything.

Visa approved.

The article didn't make it clear whether Bush was President when the visas were approved. Regardless, he should have directed the State Department to review any visas granted based on suspicious or incomplete information from key countries. He didn't.

Even worse, 7 of the 9/11 hijackers had overstayed their visas. Given the warnings Bush had received, and given the countries they came from, they should have been rounded up immediately. Bush did nothing.

And after 9/11, President Bush went on to admit more Muslims into the country than ever before. He also refused to name our enemy, radical Islam, and participated in scenes of kowtowing to Islam by sending his senior female advisors in Hijabs to a mosque.

Yes, George W. went on to invade Afghanistan and kill a lot of Taliban and Al Qaeda. That was all good But that was after 9/11. It's true he was only President for 8 months before the attack. But if he had taken measures to secure our borders and track down people who overstayed their visas, 9/11 might have been averted. So he is no hero in my book.

When I saw him at ground zero with his arm around the courageous fireman, I thought, "George W. Bush, you're a stupid fool getting PR standing literally on the corpses of US citizens you were sworn to protect." And Jeb is just as bad for perpetuating the same myth.



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