Floater Finally Flushed
Yet another reeking pile of fail from the Bush fiasco has been cleaned up.
Thank you President Obama.
Now, to the mouth breathing dipshits on the right who are so desperate to rewrite the oh-so-recent history of The Worst President Ever, I would like to say…
Really? You want to bring up the abject failure of the Bush administration to capture or kill Bin Laden? Really?
Ok, let’s do that.
December, 2000 and January, 2001, outgoing Clinton administration officials explicitly warn incoming Bush administration national security team of Bin Laden threat.
They said the warnings were delivered in urgent post-election intelligence briefings in December 2000 and January 2001 for Condoleezza Rice, who became Mr. Bush’s national security adviser; Stephen Hadley, now Ms. Rice’s deputy; and Philip D. Zelikow, a member of the Bush transition team, among others.
“It was very explicit,” Mr. Clarke said of the warning given to the Bush administration officials. ”Rice was briefed, and Hadley was briefed, and Zelikow sat in.” Mr. Clarke served as Mr. Bush’s counterterrorism chief in the early months of the administration, but after Sept. 11 was given a more limited portfolio as the president’s cyberterrorism adviser.
July 10th, 2001, CIA Director George J. Tenet and his counterterrorism chief J. Cofer Black warn the National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice about Bin Laden, and are brushed off due to the Administration’s focus on “missile defense”.
Tenet hoped his abrupt request for an immediate meeting would shake Rice. He and Black, a veteran covert operator, had two main points when they met with her. First, al-Qaeda was going to attack American interests, possibly in the United States itself. Black emphasized that this amounted to a strategic warning, meaning the problem was so serious that it required an overall plan and strategy. Second, this was a major foreign policy problem that needed to be addressed immediately. They needed to take action that moment — covert, military, whatever — to thwart bin Laden.
The United States had human and technical sources, and all the intelligence was consistent, the two men told Rice. Black acknowledged that some of it was uncertain “voodoo” but said it was often this voodoo that was the best indicator.
Tenet and Black felt they were not getting through to Rice. She was polite, but they felt the brush-off. President Bush had said he didn’t want to swat at flies.
Besides, Rice seemed focused on other administration priorities, especially the ballistic missile defense system that Bush had campaigned on. She was in a different place.
Tenet left the meeting feeling frustrated. Though Rice had given them a fair hearing, no immediate action meant great risk. Black felt the decision to just keep planning was a sustained policy failure. Rice and the Bush team had been in hibernation too long. “Adults should not have a system like this,” he said later.
The July 10 meeting between Tenet, Black and Rice went unmentioned in the various reports of investigations into the Sept. 11 attacks, but it stood out in the minds of Tenet and Black as the starkest warning they had given the White House on bin Laden and al-Qaeda. Though the investigators had access to all the paperwork on the meeting, Black felt there were things the commissions wanted to know about and things they didn’t want to know about.
August 6th, 2001, President Bush is briefed on a CIA Memo entitled “Bin Ladin(sic) Determined to Strike US”. Bush reportedly responds to the CIA briefer by saying “All right, You’ve covered your ass, now”.
September 11th, 2001, the worst terrorist attack in our nations history is carried out by al-Qaeda operatives. President Bush sits for seven minutes listening to “My Pet Goat” being read to a classroom of children after being informed of the attacks.
December 2001 (pdf), Bin Laden escapes to Pakistan from Tora Bora.
So why did bin Laden and other top al Qaeda leaders apparently get away? The United States relied too much on Pakistan and its Afghan allies to close off possible escape routes from the Tora Bora region. It is not clear that these allies had the same incentives as the United States to conduct the effort with dogged persistence. Moreover, the mission was inherently difficult. By mid-December, the Pentagon felt considerably less sure than it had been of the likely whereabouts of bin Laden, even though it suspected that he and most of his top lieutenants were still alive.
March 13th, 2002, six months after 9/11.
“So I don’t know where he is. You know, I just don’t spend that much time on him, Kelly, to be honest with you. I’m more worried about making sure that our soldiers are well-supplied; that the strategy is clear; that the coalition is strong; that when we find enemy bunched up like we did in Shahikot Mountains, that the military has all the support it needs to go in and do the job, which they did. “
March, 2003, the US needlessly invades Iraq, diverting countless resources from Afghanistan and the search for Bin Laden and his lieutenants. The war has cost us over $788,35o,000,000 and counting.
Spring, 2005, Rumsfeld calls off “snatch and grab” mission into Pakistan at the last minute that was to target Ayman al-Zawahri, angering many intelligence and military officials.
The decision to halt the planned “snatch and grab” operation frustrated some top intelligence officials and members of the military’s secret Special Operations units, who say the United States missed a significant opportunity to try to capture senior members of Al Qaeda.
Their frustration has only grown over the past two years, they said, as Al Qaeda has improved its abilities to plan global attacks and build new training compounds in Pakistan’s tribal areas, which have become virtual havens for the terrorist network.
Summer, 2005, the CIA closes down the unit assigned to capturing Bin Laden.
Michael Scheuer, a former senior C.I.A. official who was the first head of the unit, said the move reflected a view within the agency that Mr. bin Laden was no longer the threat he once was.
Mr. Scheuer said that view was mistaken.
“This will clearly denigrate our operations against Al Qaeda,” he said. “These days at the agency, bin Laden and Al Qaeda appear to be treated merely as first among equals.”
December 14th, 2008, in an ABC interview at the end of his presidency, Bush once again downplays his failure to capture or kill Bin Laden.
Raddatz: Did you ever imagine your presidency ending, and I know it’s not over yet, without capturing Osama bin Laden?
Bush: We have done great damage to al Qaeda. We have denied them safe havens, a safe haven in Iraq. We are pursuing them in Pakistan. We have got them on the run. We’re keeping the pressure on them full time. And do I wish we had brought Osama bin Laden to justice, sure. But he’s not leading a lot of parades these days.
So, given the well documented and highly publicized record of his failure, does George W. Bush deserve even a shred of credit for the death of Osama bin Laden? Absolutely not.
Not only did he and his cronies fail to capture Bin Laden, they actively worked to undermine that effort by taking us to war in Iraq. They were more than happy to have this Useful Monster to scare the hell out of everyone in order to enact draconian surveillance policies and to engage in torture and other war crimes. They gladly brought up the specter of another Bin Laden inspired attack to quell any and all questioning of their policies. They needed him.
George W. Bush and his mis-administration had no intention of killing or capturing Bin Laden because he provided an indispensable commodity to them and their party. A commodity formerly supplied by the Russians, and one they couldn’t survive without.
After sitting on his ass and doing nothing to stop the 9/11 attacks from happening, Bush and his band of crooks merrily went about bludgeoning this country with Bin Laden’s visage until everyone was so panicked and distracted that they could start an illegal war, burn the Bill of Rights, and loot the treasury without anyone saying a word about it.
Credit where it’s due… George W. Bush did more to empower and aggrandize Bin Laden than he ever did to capture or kill him.
Then left the mess for someone else to clean up.
Thanks for nothing, Prick.
P.S. To all those who participated in the “America, Fuck Yea!” celebrations following the announcement of OBL being killed, have some class for christsake. Haven’t you ever heard of dignity? Just embarrassing, really.