Let's have an honest talk, DB. Even though the link you provided was neither honest, fair, or complete in explaining just what that memo was.
Originally Posted by DenButsu
It's August 2001, you're George Bush, and you were just handed this memo.
The first few paragraphs give a brief history of Bin Laden and his organization, such as the embassy bombings. It says that OBL may have had a hand in the Millenium bombings. It goes on to say that OBL may be planning a terrorist attack in the US, or a series of attacks, and would like to take out DC.
It said that quite a few of his terrorist buds lived in the US, and one of his cells in NYC was recruiting Muslim-Americans in the city.
It mentions that OBL could be planning an attack on Federal Buildings in NYC and explosives could be involved. Hijacking is mentioned as well.
So, DB, what do you do with this gem?
You immediately scrutinize all Muslim-Americans in the New York area. Except liberals opposed that policy (profiling based on probability) before and after 9/11. Plus, you'd still be ****ed because how many of the hijackers were American, let alone from NYC?
Then you say, okay, let's increase protection of federal buildings in NYC. This way, all this extra security at the federal buildings could watch with everyone else as planes slammed into the Twin Towers.
And you know what? Those security officers would probably say "WTF? I thought this **** was supposed to involve explosives, not airplanes!!!"
Because, had you been president in August 2001, you probably would have been very concerned with explosives.
And on the off chance you would have focused on the line that mentions hijackings, you wouldn't have expected the planes to slam into buildings. After all, the only part of the memo that explicity mentions hijackings says that OBL would use hijacking to get terrorist prisoners out of jail. And as even your Average Joe knows, you can't exactly use hostages as leverage if their body parts are scattered in a Pennsylvania field.
So what, pray tell, would you have done wise DB? How would you have used the not-so foreseeing memo to prevent 9/11?
Or do you just want to use spin to bash Bush?
"Compromise, hell! That's what has happened to us all down the line -- and that's the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at a time?"
RIP Jesse Helms