The politically savvy and the punditry world are still shaking their heads in disbelief as they watch their least favored 2016 presidential candidates rise in the polls as they attract thousands who wait in line for hours to participate in their campaign events. Their chosen presidential contenders are being seriously challenged by the likes of the flamboyant republican tycoon, Donald Trump and the self-described socialist Senator of Vermont, Bernie Cruz.
It is my analysis that the bubbling discontent of the American citizenry is at a boiling point after being taken for granted for over two decades. They are registering their antipathy for the establishment.
It is a pox on all the government officials at all levels. While some leaders do take their jobs seriously, too many are more concerned about their own political hides, dialing for campaign funds and scoring “gotcha” points against their opponents to where they forget that they are supposed to be serving their constituents.
As per a CNN/ORC poll published on December 29, 2015, an astonishingly high 85 per cent of those sampled, disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job, and 75 per cent say they are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed.
On 12/10/15 Pew Poll Research published the following: “Middle-income Americans are no longer the nation’s economic majority. The share of adults in middle-income households has fallen from 61% in 1971 to 50% in 2015. The median net worth of families today is barely higher than it was 30 years ago. “
The following discussion illustrates one reason why the average American is furious with the U.S. government. In future blogs there will be reports of misdeeds from both sides of the aisle. Neither party has clean hands. This time I will be referring to a favorite republican talking point and axiom.
Everyone knows the seldom contested assertion that our past Republican President George W. Bush has kept our country safe on and after 9/11. This is factually not true.
I, personally do not believe that President George Bush set out to deliberately mislead his fellow Americans. However, I am alleging that he failed in his oversight duties regarding the various intelligence agencies. In addition, his mistaken judgement in ordering the 2003 U.S. incursion into Iraq, has been the catalyst for the entire destabilization of the middle east. Today, no one would argue that the U.S. has been made safer when we are having to contend with threats from likes of ISIS and other extremist Islamic terrorist groups in the middle east.
Right now, I am only focusing on 9/11 events. The U.S. president is the Commander in Chief. He and his administration had the managerial responsibility to insure that the intelligence world delivered to his office, crucial data in a timely manner. This is especially true because it was his job to act on it.
The following is a review of how the intelligence community dropped the ball while serving under the purview of President Bush and his administration prior to 9/11, as presented by a 9/10/12 NY Times article, written by Kurt Eichenwald:
“On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.”
“U.S. intelligence officials warned President Bush weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks that Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network might hijack American planes, but White House officials stressed the threat was not specific.”
“A White House official acknowledged to ABC NEWS that the information prompted administration officials to issue a private warning to transportation department and national security agencies weeks before the attacks. But, the official said the threat of a hijacking by bin Laden’s al Qaeda organization was general in nature, did not mention a specific time or place and was similar to the variety of different terrorist threats.”
“That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.”
‘The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.”
“But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were carrying the day.”
“In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.”
It is important to note that even if President Bush acted with urgency by hyper-focusing on the activities of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, that the 9/11 American tragedy could have been stopped. But then the president would be in a position to claim that he did everything possible to prevent it.
Americans are not fooled by those who want them to have amnesia about this momentous 9/11 tragedy. The authors of future history books will not forget!