Now, in all fairness, I admit that the first President George W. Bush term was better than the second. I completely disagree with TARP, but here is another piece by Politico (who’s veracity is questionable after the Ben Carson hit piece) but this seems legit, except for the obvious implication that Bush knew there was going to be an attack. Without spoiling the article, I’ll let you read it, Politico goes into great fanfare of saying that the CIA meeting mentioned that al Qaeda was “coming here.” However, they don’t specify when or where there is going to be an attack.
The simple truth is that the CIA didn’t know when or where there was going to be an attack. All they knew that something big was brewing. Yes, it doesn’t look good that Dr. Rice, then the National Security Adviser, did not want to go to a war footing, but my sense of the emotion here is that Tenet et. Al. have been reading the intelligence day by day and year after year and with the multitude of issues and demands on the President’s time, including a new President, then without the smoking gun there was nothing to rouse the President’s interest. If President Bush would have been at the hastily called meeting, things might have been different, he might have asked questions or taken it seriously. The point is that given the nature of the intelligence profession, of course they knew something was going to happen they didn’t know when or where. Continue reading “hit job on President Bush”