Bush Cover Up of Pre-9/11 Incompetence Worse Than Watergate Coverup
The Bush administration denied claims of previous warnings about the dangers faced from al Qaeda. Memos from the National Security Agency released yesterday verify that the Bush administration was warned on January 25, 2001. As we noted yesterday, these memos prove that Condoleezaa Rice was lying in her op ed piece in the Washington Post claiming that "No al-Qaeda threat was turned over to the new administration."
Republicans, including many bloggers, are trying to invent theories to place the blame on Clinton, ignoring that it was the Republican Congress which obstructed Clinton's attempts to fight al Qaeda. They are also denying reports that the Clinton administration provided the Bush administration with plans for handling al Qaeda. The newly declassified memos also prove that these accusations against the Bush administration were valid, as they included an attachment entitled Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al Qida: Status and Prospects which details recommendations from the Clinton Administration.
Bush won reelection based upon the misperception that he was the better candidate to keep the country safe, despite polling which showed a majority disagreed with Bush on both domestic policy and Iraq. Democrats need to get out the message as to how Bush's incompetence was a factor in preventing an effective defense against terrorism, and how the Republicans covered up release of this information until after the election.