August 19, 2004

On August 6, 2001, Bush was Given a Security Briefing Entitled, "Bin Laden Determined to Strike In U.S." Yet, Come September 11th, He Ended Up in a Second-Grader's Chair, Having Failed to Protect the Nation, as America Was Under Attack.


(You can start this editorial by viewing the 9/11 Booker School Video.)

On page 375 of the St. Martin's Press paperback edition of the "9/11 Report" by the "National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States" is a security briefing paper presented to Bush and Condi Rice on August 6, 2001, that was entitled "Bin Laden Determined to Strike In U.S."

The report indicated that "FBI information ...indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks."

Then why, on the morning of September 11th, did George W. Bush sit in a Florida elementary school classroom for five minutes after being informed of a second plane being flowing into the twin towers -- and mingle with the class and teachers for ANOTHER five minutes before he left the room? Why did he not ask Andrew Card one single question about the attack underway when Card whispered in his ear (since Bush already knew about the first plane crashing into one of the twin towers when he entered the classroom)? Why did he not recall the August briefing that warned of such an attack, or did he? And he just didn't know what to do because he had failed to take action to prevent the hijackings the memo had warned about?

The Commission concluded that no other senior administration security meetings were held "to discuss the possible threat of a strike in the United States as a result of this [August] report."

Condi Rice had the audacity, early on, to acknowledge that they knew hijackings might occur, but not hijackings into buildings, she claimed. Of course, she was lying. There was ample warning that Al Qaeda had been considering hijackings into buildings for years, including anti-missile defenses set up at a Genoa, Italy, conference Bush attended in the summer of 2001 to guard against just such an attack.

Besides which, as BuzzFlash has pointed out ad infinitum (but seems too common sense a notion for the mainstream media or official investigative bodies to understand), the way that you prevent planes from being hijacked and flown into buildings is the same way that you prevent hijackings in general. Or to put it more plainly, for the simple-minded (which apparently includes George W. Bush and Condi Rice), if you keep a hijacker from hijacking a plane, he can't fly it into a building and kill people with it. An amazingly simple concept to understand, isn't it?

But apparently, it was also too complex a notion for Bush and Rice to comprehend, because they took no significant efforts to prevent hijackings in the United States before or after the August, 2001, security alert, and, as a result, 9/11 happened.

So, as George W. Bush sat helplessly, cluelessly in the Booker School second grader's chair -- a puppet waiting for someone to hand him a script -- he had let the nation down by not making the prevention of hijackings by Al Qaeda operatives in the United States a priority of any sort.

The tragic fact for our national security is that he did nothing at all to prevent the eventuality of 9/11, even though he had been warned about it in August. What he did was go on a month's vacation to his photo-op ranch in Texas -- and after the vacation, he went to a photo-op at the Booker Elementary School in Florida. Here his handlers would put him in a classroom full of young black kids learning how to read: a picture perfect television and photographic image to convey a man who cares about minorities and education. It was what is known as a political two-fer.

But the tragedy, that Bush did nothing to prevent, occurred in the middle of his photo-op. And since Bush is rendered inoperable without a script, he sat there with the elementary school students, in a kid's chair, as if he was back in second grade, as unable to respond to the crisis at hand as the rest of the children in the classroom.

Like a second-grader, Bush waited for someone to tell him that class was dismissed.

Here is the video of the time Bush spent sitting in a second-grade student's chair after he learned that the second plane had flown into the World Trade Center. After the video ends, he spent more time in the room mingling with the students and teachers, before being summoned by his handlers and handed the "brave words of defiance" that he would read to the same school children he claimed that he did not want to scare.

He had the ultimate three-fer photo-op: reading an act of war to black school children.

Education, compassion, and total failure to protect the security of Americans.

He had taken the test and flunked the course of protecting the nation from attack, but he had quite a photo-op, didn't he.



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