9/11 is Bush's fault according to declassified documents, says Salon:
Perhaps most damning are the documents showing that the CIA had bin Laden in its cross hairs a full year before 9/11 — but didn’t get the funding from the Bush administration White House to take him out or even continue monitoring him.There you have it, the smoking gun. Bush clearly could have taken out Bin Laden but his reckless budget cuts let him escape, resulting in the largest terrorist attack in history and two devastating wars.
Wait a minute, did they just say a full year before 9/11?
Huh? A full year before 9/11 would be September 2000. If my memory serves correct, and if not, please let me know, Bush wasn't elected until Nov. 7, 2000 and not sworn in until Jan, 20, 2001.
So according to the crack reporting of Salon.com, Bush apparently cut the CIA's budget from the Texas governor's mansion.
Salon goes on to try and blame Bush for more Clinton era intelligence failures:
“Budget concerns … CT [counter terrorism] supplemental still at NSC-OMB [National Security Council – Office of Management and Budget] level,” an April 2000 document reads. “Need forward movement on supplemental soonest due to expected early recess due to conventions, campaigning and elections.”
Still, the drone program began in September 2000. One drone swiftly twice observed an individual “most likely to have been Bin Laden.” But since the CIA only had permission to use the drones for intelligence gathering, it had no way to act on its findings. The agency submitted a proposal to the National Security Council staff in December 2000 that would have significantly expanded the program.The article says the proposal to expand the drone program was too late for Clinton to enact, but could have been approved by Bush. Unfortunately, Salon provides no evidence to backup that claim. For all we know, that proposal was in the same box with all the "W" keys Clinton took with him when he vacated the White House.
Even if the proposal did make its way to Bush's desk, there is no evidence the program wasn't enacted. Nor is there any evidence a predator drone ever located Bin Laden between Jan 21, 2001 and Sep. 11, 2001, the only time in which Bush would have had an opportunity to approve a strike mission. Nor was there any evidence to suggest killing Bin Laden in Afghanistan during that small window could have halted the terrorist attack carried out by a sleeper cell located in the U.S. which had been in the planning and development stages for years.
Once again liberals choose to live in a fantasy world where everything that goes wrong in the world is Bush's fault.