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Trump vs. Bush fight renews debate on 9/11
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Donald Trump criticized George W. Bush in an interview released last week because the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists while Bush was president.
I am a Democrat and never liked George W. Bush much, but to blame the 9/11 terrorist attacks on any one person is pretty shortsighted.
The 9/11 attacks occurred because of a failure at nearly every level of law enforcement and intelligence, and even a national complacency of “it can’t happen here.”
George W. Bush was responsible in large measure. He ignored warnings that an attack was coming.
Remember that CIA memo titled, “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US”? Bush ignored it. That came out in August, while he was on vacation.
Presidents are not always responsible for all the events that occur in their term, but plenty of folks from both sides seem to feel that the president of the United States has 100% control of everything.
I usually judge presidents by how they react and watch their behavior as opposed to blaming them for all events.
Sept. 11, 2001, might not have been President Bush’s fault, but the quagmire that has followed was under his misguided lead- ership. Our world will never be the same and is more unsafe for Americans, at home and abroad.
I’m sick and tired of hearing how Bush kept us safe. Indeed, he was in charge when we were attacked, and he didn’t keep us safe.
I’m not a big fan of Trump, but he is absolutely correct in holding Bush accountable for the 9/11 attacks.
The thing that bothers me most about Trump’s statement isn’t so much that he was trying to blame 9/11 on Bush.
I am more disturbed by the fact that he also said: “(George Bush) was president. The World Trade Center came down during his reign.” Kings and queens reign over a country, not presidents.
Does Trump think he is going to be an all-powerful king/dictator if he is elected? That is what bothers me.
“When you talk about George Bush, I mean — say what you want — the World Trade Center came down during his time.”
Donald Trump “It’s what (my brother) did afterwards that matters, and I’m proud of him.”