In the light of Dick Cheney’s cynical campaign to undermine the Obama Administration on national security, it is time we start speaking the things that nobody ever says.
The most ludicrous of all the arguments used to try and salvage at least some portion of George W. Bush’s reputation and legacy has always been “he kept us safe.” To even begin to accept that, you have to pretend that 9/11 never happened and that his flawed and failed administration took office on September 12, 2001. You most certainly have to pretend George W. Bush was not president in August 2001.
It was in August 2001 that the memo detailing Osama bin Ladin’s plans to attack the United States was delivered to the Leader of the Free World at his Crawford, Texas ranch. He sarcastically told the aide carrying the report that “okay, you’ve covered your ass,” ignored it and went back to playing make-believe cowboy.
The National Security Advisor also chose to forgo all that tiresome reading and do some shoe shopping. The Vice-President was much too busy holding secret meetings with his pals in the energy business to make sure the money flowed where they all wanted it to flow. The Secretary of Defense’s attention was then, as always, focused on creating a power structure for himself. Ironically, the forthcoming attack they didn’t see coming would provide that latter pair with the excuse they needed for the one dream they shared, an invasion of Iraq.
What ifs are always a shaky foundation on which to build an argument, I admit, but the obvious conclusion cannot be avoided: if it were not for the absolute incompetence and lack of attention of the Bush Administration, 9/11 might never have happened.
Probably would not have happened.
Here are the unspeakable truths:
9/11 was made possible because George W. Bush and his cronies didn’t give a damn.
Dick Cheney is clearly hoping for another terrorist attack on the nation’s shores (and such an attack is probably inevitable) to make him look more a prophet than a buffoon in the long view of history.
Kept us safe, my ass.
The fact that all those people haven’t gone whimpering to their beds every night since, knowing that they failed catastrophically in their most important responsibilities as elected officials, is their final indictment.