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Monday, August 6, 2007

They Knew.

The charming and talented Sinfonian declared*** today, the six-year anniversary of the August 6, 2001 PDB declaring "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.", a blogswarm day, to make sure we remember how Bush et al. knew it was coming. ***(OOOPS - Sinfonian informs me that he did not originate the blogswarm - that honor goes to Blue Gal and Ripley. But he gets linky goodness too because his post was hawt.)

Well, far be it from me to miss a good blogswarm, even if I am fashionably late to the party as usual!

August 6, 2001 was the day that Bush could have finally paid attention to the pressing issue of terrorism. When he took office, outgoing president Bill Clinton told the Deciderer that he should be watching out for Al Qaeda. He even asked for a special report on Islamic terrorism to be prepared and delivered to Bush. That report - the Hart-Rudman report - was given to George in February of 2001. (You know - the same time that Condi Rice and Colin Powell were stating on TV that Saddam Hussein had no weapons of mass destruction and was not a threat to America?)

But given the Chimp's ego and general hostility to all things Democratic, it's really not a surprise that he ignored these early warnings from the man on whose carpet he would soon be pooping. George did what he always does - he delegated the anti-terrorism work to someone else (Dick Cheney, who held zero meetings on the subject between George's inauguration and September The Eleventh Two Thousand and One). Then, despite multitudinous warnings from intelligence services in not just America, but France and Germany as well, that a major terrorist attack was coming in the fall of 2001, the strong, protective daddy of our dreams...went on vacation.

"Heh-heh. Now watch this drive."

You would think that the August 6, 2001 PDB would have finally awoken the Chimp from his nappy time. But of course, it didn't. And America has suffered countless hurts to our national psyche, discourse and democratic institutions since then.

So give some bloggy love to this horrible anniversary. Think about it, talk about it and write about it. And above all: never forget that They Knew and Did Nothing. So much for Republican "strength on national security."


Sinfonian said...

Thank you, dear.

But to give credit where credit is due, I didn't originate this blogswarm. That honor goes to Ripley, and I learned about it from Blue Gal.

But thanks! :)

madamab said...

No problem - I fixed it - and you still get the linky goodness, since your post was excellent. :-)