||Why Bush is to Blame for September
When the first plane slammed into the World Trade Center,
Bush was reading "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" to young schoolchildren.
This was during a weekday business hour when the rest of us were already
hard at work. Instead, Bush was having fun, engaging in a symbolic duty
better suited to a First Lady. More Queen Elizabeth than Tony Blair. More
E! than CSPAN.
When the FBI was tipped off in August by an alert flight
school that Moussaoui was trying to learn how to fly jumbo jets without
wanting to learn how to land them, Bush was on his month-long vacation
in Texas. No one gets a month off after only 6 months on the job, except
if you're Bush, the executive in chief, who orders his own vacation. He
rapidly tried to quell the public disapproval by calling it, oxymoronically,
a "working vacation". He cleared brush and banged nails for a charitable
housing cause, but those activities only took 15 minutes a day. While his
entourage could replicate some of the access to information he could have
had in Washington, it had to be a poor substitute.
When foreign intelligence was warning that the next terrorist
attack on the US would involve planes flying into big buildings, the federal
government was advising airport security to loosen standards, to make travel
more convenient for passengers. When the federal government learned that
bin Laden recalled his operatives, advising them to leave the US no later
than September 9th, the President did nothing. Just as in the National
Guard, Bush has, time and again, deserted his post.
The Gore report warning of airliners and terrorism was
forgotten in a file Bush never opened. Bush's anti-government regulation
rhetoric during his campaign gave the airlines' shoddy security reason
to relax. Argenbright Security, American Airlines and United Airlines had
little to fear Bush would call for tightened security. Even after 9/11,
instead of placing blame where it belonged, on the airlines who failed
to provide for passenger safety, Bush gave them fat bailout checks, even
as they laid off thousands.
While a diligent public servant, Gore, McCain, practically
any other candidate in memory, could have caught the clues that pointed
to September 11th, Bush lacks any degree of diligence. His foreign policy
is left over from his father's time, just like his advisors. It is unreflective
of current realities, and displays both the ignorance and the ideological
rigidity characteristic of an uninquisitive and lazy mind. The current
war on terrorism was entered into as though it were a game. Winning the
war is all that matters, not whether the Northern Alliance will present
as many long term problems for Afganistan as the Taliban, or whether the
world will actually be safer, given the responses to our actions by Muslims
What little Bush has done since assuming office served
to embolden bin Laden. When negotiating for the release of the crew of
the downed spy plane, cowardly Bush apologized. The spy plane could not
have rammed the Chinese fighter; the former didn't have the maneuverability,
and the latter was tauntingly close in international airspace. Any expert
in the rules of engagement knew the Chinese had provoked the collision,
the slightest error on either pilot's part completing the chain of events.
Nevertheless, Bush had learned from the Carter Presidency how ruinous an
extended hostage situation would be to his re-election prospects, and capitulated
in the most shameful fashion, so America lost face in the eyes in the world,
just for Bush's greedy eye on the re-election prize. Bin Laden has remarked
before how America turns tail in the face of minor casualties in a conflict
like Somalia, so saw in Bush even greater cowardice, and no reason to fear
the retaliation for a Al Queda! attack on America.
The Arab world then became enraged when Colin Powell walked
out, along with the Israeli delegation, at the UN summit on racism. This
administration had no respect for the majority of those delegates, any
more than it has respect for the will of the American people, having assumed
office in defiance of democracy. This administration closed its ears to
the plight of the Palestinians, just as Bush's father had instituted sanctions
ruinous to the Iraqi people. Bin Laden could claim that the lives of the
WTC and Pentagon workers were less innocent than the equivalent number
of Iraqi children who die every month from the lack of nutrition, sanitation
and healthcare Bush, Sr.'s sanctions have caused. And he could point to
Bush's son, now the President who would continue to cause the suffering
And familiarity has breeded further contempt. How cozy
have the Bush and bin Laden families been over the years! James Bath got
Bush, Jr., BCCI money to start his Arbusto Energy, and BCCI money comes
in part from the bin Laden family. Bush, Sr., along with James Baker, continues
to be employed by the Carlysle Group, a huge bin Laden-backed defense profiteering
cabal in corporate guise. The Bush family's oil buddies will profit through
a stable Afganistan to build a pipeline through.
When Bush, Sr., visits Saudi Arabia, he stays at the bin
Laden house. While the bin Laden family claims it has disowned Osama, their
protests that he is the only black sheep in the bin Laden family are hollow.
Osama's father deliberately had many sons so they could become fighters
to free Palestine. He was vehemently anti-Israel. Osama is not the family's
wayward son, he is the only one to make his father posthumously proud,
and the other sons are more shades of gray than white sheep. Still, Junior's
State Department continues cordial relations with the Saudi Princes who
give the bin Laden family complete access to their corridors of power,
as well as fund terrorst schools and groups.
Wave a dollar in front of them, no matter if it comes
from brainwashing, delusional Rev. Moon, or litigious anti-free speech
Barrick Gold or the terrorist bin Laden family, and a Bush will do your
bidding. If President Bush were sincere in his condemnation of terrorism,
and not just mouthing words to boost his ratings, he would repudiate his
unsavory family ties with the Middle East. But, even now, just beyond the
Whitehouse camera, backroom deals that result in the further suppression
of Arabs, creating the very conditions that foster desperate terrorism,
making America less safe, are taking place in the Bush administration.
Bush has learned time and again that his name and ill-gotten
family wealth will carry him. No need for hard work. One of the first things
the press corps learned about Bush's style was that they needn't stay late,
unlike Clinton's Bush's administration turned in early. Bush has no intellectual
interests. His hobbies are baseball, video games, and workouts.
He treated the Presidency as he treated his last office.
He neglected his duties, and kept a light schedule. The governorship of
Texas is a part-time job; it's legislature meeting only once every two
years. It left plenty of time for his signature jogs and naps. His previous
position as one of owners of a baseball team, is something rich people
take up as a hobby, among their other social elite functions: not a profession.
In the world of work Bush cashed in on his family connections, and even
then he lost investors' money.
Ironically, the same kind of mandatory testing he advocates
in public schools would have made him a better man, but he isn't. Harvard
and Yale's names are sullied for having awarded their diplomas to him,
no matter how fattened their endowments became as a result. Bush Sr., has
given 100 million to Yale. The University of Texas, a lesser school but
one with some integrity, refused Junior's admittance.
He lacks the knowledge or the motivation to acquire the
knowledge necessary to do his job, and we all suffer. He continues to show
his ignorance even of basic geography, asking Charlotte Church recently
where the city of Wales is located. He displays a knowledge of the world
only a barfly would be proud of. The teachers who gave him passing grades
at Andover should be ashamed.
The meritocracy completely failed in the case of Bush.
Instead, the same forces of wealth and influence that got him his position
continue to fabricate a complimentary image of him. Their stories of his
activities during the day of September 11th change through time, and contradict
each other. The American public, who have had their peace and prosperity
ripped from them must eventually see through this charade. It takes saturation
coverage of a bin Laden to make Bush look good.
September 11th wiped the smirk off Bush's face, but cannot
undo the shallowness that comes from 57 years largely directionless, mostly
drunk, and shielded from adult responsibilities. September 11th happened
on his watch. He is to blame. If he had been at work in the Oval Office,
he would have been briefed on the threat. If he took his job seriously,
he would have taken the trouble to become better informed about what the
government already knew of bin Laden's plans. He should have taken steps
to prevent the carnage. Instead, he relaxed at his Crawford ranch.
So, while valiant firemen rushed to the rescue at their
peril, showing the greatness possible of government employees, and our
loved ones jumped to their deaths to escape those towers of flame, schoolchildren
were entertained that morning by our Defector in Chief.
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