The media’s fake “balance” could have lethal consequences, since it has a lot of people thinking that (a) there’s lots of blame “on both sides” for 9/11, and, therefore, that (b) Bush/Cheney was not–at best–criminally negligent in failing to do anything at all to halt or even mitigate the terrorist attacks. So the received opinion is that Bush/Cheney’s busily “protecting” us right now, or that they could be doing a better job at it. In fact, there’s not a shred of evidence that they have any interest in protecting us: on the contrary.
Let’s assume they had no hand in those atrocities. Even in that case, the regime blew it so badly prior to 9/11 that they should all have been impeached, at least, four years ago. And here they are exploiting 9/11 as a symbol of their strength and prudence.
They get away with it because of “balance.” Too bad so few Democrats (right now I’m having trouble thinking of a single one) spoke up back at the time, to make the glaring point that BushCo, Giuliani and the rest of them made the catastrophe all that much worse by what they did or didn’t do before it struck.
Well, better late than never: Bob Kerrey and Bill Clinton both have found their voices. Here’s hoping that they keep it up, and that a lot of others join them.
“We took an oath not to talk about it during the campaign, I think correctly so, to increase the capacity of that commission’s report to be heard by the people’s Congress. Now it’s beyond the campaign, so the promise I had to keep this out of the campaign is over. Mr. President, you knew they were in the United States. You were warned by the CIA. You knew in July they were inside the United States. You were told again by briefing officers in August that it was a dire threat. Didn’t do anything to harden our border security. Didn’t do anything to harden airport security. Didn’t do anything to engage local law enforcement. Didn’t do anything to round up INS and the consular office, and say we have to shut this down, and didn’t warn the American people. What did you do? Nothing so far as we can see .”
Bob Kerrey – 9/11 Commissioner
FULL TRANSCRIPT: Clinton Takes On Fox News
Early in the interview, Wallace attempted to smear Clinton with the same kind of misinformation contained in ABC’s Path to 9/11
. Clinton was having none of it.
ThinkProgress has obtained a transcript of the interview. Here are some highlights –
Wallace repeats Path to 9/11 misinformation, Clinton fights back:
WALLACE: When we announced that you were going to be on Fox News Sunday, I got a lot of email from viewers, and I got to say I was surprised most of them wanted me to ask you this question. Why didn’t you do more to put Bin Laden and al Qaeda out of business when you were President? There’s a new book out which I suspect you’ve read called the Looming Tower. And it talks about how the fact that when you pulled troops out of Somalia in 1993, Bin Laden said “I have seen the frailty and the weakness and the cowardice of US troops.” Then there was the bombing of the embassies in Africa and the attack on the USS Cole.
WALLACE: …may I just finish the question sir. And after the attack, the book says, Bin Laden separated his leaders because he expected an attack and there was no response. I understand that hindsight is 20/20.
CLINTON: No let’s talk about…
WALLACE: …but the question is why didn’t you do more, connect the dots and put them out of business?
CLINTON: OK, let’s talk about it. I will answer all of those things on the merits but I want to talk about the context of which this arises. I’m being asked this on the FOX network… ABC just had a right wing conservative on the Path to 9/11 falsely claim that it was based on the 9/11 Commission report with three things asserted against me that are directly contradicted by the 9/11 Commission report. I think it’s very interesting that all the conservative Republicans who now say that I didn’t do enough, claimed that I was obsessed with Bin Laden. All of President Bush’s neocons claimed that I was too obsessed with finding Bin Laden when they didn’t have a single meeting about Bin Laden for the nine months after I left office. All the right wingers who now say that I didn’t do enough said that I did too much. Same people.