Thursday, July 07, 2005

BUSH'S FAILURES

Under President Clinton:
-- Developed the nation's first anti-terrorism policy, and appointed first national coordinator of anti-terrorist efforts.--Stopped cold the Al Qaeda millennium bombing plot.--Stopped cold the planned attack to kill the Pope--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up 12 U.S. jetliners simultaneously--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up UN Headquarters--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up FBI Headquarters--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Washington--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Boston airport--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in NY--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the George Washington Bridge--Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the US Embassy in Albania
-- Tried to kill Osama bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda through preemptive strikes (efforts denounced by the G.O.P.).
-- Brought perpetrators of first World Trade Center bombing and CIA killings to justice.
-- Did not blame Bush I administration for first World Trade Center bombing even though it occurred 38 days after they had left office. Instead, worked hard, even obsessively -- and successfully -- to stop future terrorist attacks.
--Named the Hart-Rudman commission to report on nature of terrorist threats and major steps to be taken to combat terrorism.
-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to TIGHTEN AIRPORT SECURITY. (Remember, this is before 911) The legislation was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the airlines.
-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF TERRORIST FUNDING. It was defeated by Republicans in the Senate because of opposition from banking interests.
-Clinton sent legislation to Congress to add tagents to explosives, to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF EXPLOSIVES USED BY TERRORISTS. It was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the NRA.
-Clinton increased the military budget by an average of 14 per cent, reversing the trend under Bush I.
-Clinton tripled the budget of the FBI for counterterrorism and doubled overall funding for counterterrorism-Clinton detected and destroyed cells of Al Qaeda in over 20 countries-Clinton created national stockpile of drugs and vaccines including 40 million doses of smallpox vaccine.-Of Clinton's efforts says Robert Oakley, Reagan Ambassador for Counterterrorism: "Overall, I give them very high marks" and "The only major criticism I have is the obsession with Osama"-Paul Bremer, current Civilian Administrator of Iraq disagrees slightly with Robert Oakley as he believed the Clinton Administration had "correctly focused on bin Laden.-Barton Gellman in the Washington Post put it best, "By any measure available, Clinton left office having given greater priority to terrorism than any president before him" and was the "first administration to underatake a systematic anti-terrorist effort" ************************************************Here, in stark contrast, is part of the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism record before September 11, 2001:
-- Backed off Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts.-- Shelved Hart-Rudman report.-- Appointed new anti-terrorism task force under Dick Cheney. Group did not even meet before 9/11.-- Called for cuts in anti-terrorism efforts by the Department of Defense-- Gave no priority to anti-terrorism efforts by Justice Department.-- Ignored warnings from Sandy Berger and Louis Freeh about the urgency of terrorist threats.-- Halted Predator drone tracking of Osama bin Laden.-- Did nothing in wake of August 6 C.I.A. report to president saying Al Qaeda attack by hijack of an airliner almost certain.----Now we've got Bush knowing about the terrorists plans, and the fact that they were in flight schools in the US, and little georgie takes a four week vacation..-- By failing to order any coordination of intelligence data, missed opportunity to stop the 9/11 plot as Clinton-Gore had stopped the millennium plot.--Blamed Clinton for 9/11.************************************************-Clinton sent anti terrorism and airport security measures to the house in 96, 97, 98, 99 and 2000...--Everyone one was killed by the house Republicans without even bringing them up for debate....--They were too busy being perverts, trying to look into the president's bedroom window....--The sad thing about it, they contain some of the same recommendations that Dubya wanted to implement AFTER September 11th...--Here, look for yourself, it's all public record..The United States General Accounting Office--Everytime the last president tried to do something about the terrorist threat, the house republicans all screamed "wag the dog"..--What Clinton did do was send death squads to try to find bin Laden.. They didn't, but on the other hand, Bush has our whole armed services concentrating on bin Laden, but let him get away...--Besides, they did catch those responsible for the 1993 WTC attacks and they are rotting in prison...--Clinton also stopped all trade and aid to the Taliban for letting bin Laden thrive in their nation..--Bush reversed that policy and gave the Taliban $43million dollars in aid just three months before the attacks on New York City...Bush's Deal With the Taliban --May 22, 2001--So, with prior warning, and 234 days to do something about the terrorist threat, this president spent the first 9 months of his term either on vacation or trying to get his personal agenda passed as paybacks for his own special interests and giving millions of dollars to our enemies....

Bush's motto:
"If it ain't broke, I'll fix it till it is."

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