Today is the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and here’s something to remember.
Kurt Eichenwald gained access to some of the daily security briefings that were given to the White House in the weeks before the attack, and other classified documents, and has “come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed.”
The Bush administration ignored clear warnings about 9/11. Why? Because “the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat.”
The CIA was insistent, pleading that the White House accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real, but the Bush administration ignored them. Officials at the Counterterrorism Center of the CIA grew “apoplectic”.
In a separate interview with CBS, Eichenwald said:
What I’ve been able to see are the presidential daily briefs before August 6 of 2001. And they’re horrific, and they are – our reports are “an attack is coming”, “there are going to be mass casualties”. The worst of them, the Pentagon, the neo-conservatives at the Pentagon, as the CIA was coming in saying, “al-Qaeda’s going to attack”, said, “Oh, this is just a false flag operation. Bin laden is trying to take our attention off of the real threat, Iraq.” And so there are presidential daily briefs that are literally saying, ‘No they’re wrong, this isn’t fake, it’s real.”
You should read the whole article, but it makes one thing perfectly clear — we had ample evidence warning us about the 9/11 attacks but the Bush administration was negligent and incompetent.
Ironically, one of the few times that George W. Bush was mentioned at the recent Republican convention was when his brother Jeb Bush said “He is a man of integrity, courage, and honor, and during incredibly challenging times, he kept us safe.”
UPDATE: Even more hypocrisy! Dick Cheney lashes out at Obama for not paying enough attention to the same daily briefings that warned the Bush administration that Osama bin Laden was “determined to strike in the US”. Sheesh.