The latest and greatest coordinated attack on Donald Trump, that he actually blamed 9/11 on Jeb!’s older brother is already coming unraveled. Trump’s remarks that George W. Bush didn’t keep us safe because after all, his presidency didn’t begin the morning of September 12, 2001, generated a cacophony of ginned-up outrage from the usual suspects. Trump’s words were of course as twisted and taken out of context as they were over his alleged blasphemy of the old lunatic John McCain’s war heroism or about Fox News hostess Megyn Kelly’s vaginal blood flow but the media is nothing outside of a lie machine that protects the corrupt oligarchy. Trump even clarified what he meant and insisted that he wasn’t blaming Bush, but that wasn’t widely reported. But a funny thing is happening this time, some media personalities aren’t rushing to jump on Trump. Most notably there is CNN’s heralded terrorism “expert” Peter Bergen.
Bergen grudgingly defended the Donald in his column “Is Trump right about 9/11?” from which I excerpt the following:
It’s not often that one gets the chance to write the following: Donald Trump is right.
Trump, of course, has been very wrong in the past about important issues such as President Barack Obama’s place of birth and Mexican immigrants, but the Republican frontrunner is correct in saying that former Republican President George W. Bush did not keep the country safe during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On Monday Trump told Fox News, “The fact is we had the worst attack in the history of our country during his reign. Jeb (Bush) said we were safe during his reign. That wasn’t true.”
The historical record bears this out.
Before 9/11 senior Bush administration officials did not see al Qaeda as the serious threat it was, despite the fact that the group had blown up two American embassies in Africa in 1998, killing more than 200 people, and had also bombed the USS Cole warship two years later. Also, they ignored multiple, clear warnings from the CIA during the summer of 2001 about a likely al Qaeda attack, although those warnings did not specify where that attack might happen.
A Nexis database search of all newspapers, magazines, and TV transcripts for anything that President Bush or Vice President Dick Cheney might have written or said about the threat posed by al Qaeda and bin Laden comes up completely empty before 9/11.
Of the 33 “principals” meetings of cabinet members held by the Bush administration before the attacks, only one was about terrorism, although almost immediately after assuming office on February 5, 2001, Bush convened his cabinet to discuss the supposedly pressing issue of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq.
The first cabinet-level meeting about the threat posed by al Qaeda took place only a week before 9/11, on September 4, 2001.
Bergen goes on to lay out the case that the second President Bush despite ample warnings about al Qaeda and bin Laden did not really “keep us safe” after all. John Ellis Bush’s greatest obstacle in his attempt to be installed in the White House as the guardian of special interests has always been his brother’s regime as well as the damage done to the family brand name during that tenure. By calling even more attention to it after he went berserk over Trump’s comments, Team Jeb! may have made a grave strategic error in that Bush II’s eight years are a Pandora’s Box of problems what he himself may have cracked open.
While it is also true that Dubya’s regime didn’t allow any more large scale terrorist attacks on the Homeland after 9/1,1 it did set into place the groundwork for the massive surveillance/police state that has been abused by Emperor Barack Obama and his administration. God only knows what horrors await if Hillary manages to win the election and gets busy going after those on her large enemies list and that vast right-wing conspiracy she is obsessed with. Bush II also mired the United States in a catastrophic war in Iraq – a country that had zilch to do with 9/11 – that has sucked trillions out of taxpayers, resulted in thousands of American military deaths and disabilities and destabilized the Middle East. The Bush legacy represents a turd that must be polished in order for Jeb! to win over the same people who rejected those eight years by electing the fascist cretin Barack Obama in 2008 by a huge margin.
Trump has been a master at laying poison bait and perhaps his comments that 9/11 happened on George W. Bush’s watch was exactly that. If so, the fools certainly swallowed it hook, line and sinker.