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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Trump vs Jeb on 9/11: Is It Really About George W. Bush?

Here's the Nonsense:  Donald Trump was absolutely out of line suggesting that George W. Bush had any responsibility for 9/11.  We should reject any discussion of it.

Here's the Horse Sense:  If there's one thing we know, it's that Donald Trump isn't politically correct.  We should thank him for that.  We need to look deeper to see the real issue being raised here.

Many people are outraged with Donald Trump for saying that George W. Bush was president when the World Trade Center came down on 9/11, implying that Bush was responsible.  Even Bush's brother, presidential candidate Jeb Bush, is upset calling Trump's comment pathetic.  Upon clarification Trump has said he doesn't blame Bush but makes the point that when things happen the person at the top is where the buck usually stops.  Does Bush bear any responsibility?  Is it wrong to even ask the question?

It seems that there's generally a hands-off policy when it comes to conservatives doing much criticism of the George W. Bush presidency.  Since George W. Bush was the last Republican president and seemed to be a nice guy, people on the right are reluctant to criticize him, usually feeling that compared to the two presidencies he was sandwiched between, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, he did a good job.  But just because you're better than the 2 guys surrounding you doesn't necessarily mean you're great.

The most common statement from people who are reluctant to criticize but didn't care for much of what he did is to say that he kept the country safe after 9/11.  Even Jeb fell back to using that one when the comment from Trump came out.  

If we're going to move this country in the right direction then it's time we all grow up and accept facts, even if they aren't facts we like.  Political correctness has paralyzed America, and really most of western society, for too long now.  Donald Trump was right when he said he didn't have time for political correctness and whether we like Trump or not, we should agree with that and embrace it.

Most Americans look at the fact that there were no more terrorist attacks on American soil after 9/11 throughout the rest of George W. Bush's presidency.  Some situations were averted, but we'll never know the details or what might have been.  The fact is that Americans live with the reality that we felt safe because no more buildings were crashing down, no bombs were exploding, no people were being killed on our soil during that time.  And that, in itself, is a good thing.  

But there's another side that Ed Straker brings out in a post at American Thinker.  Straker starts out by informing us that he was in NYC on 9/11 and "almost crushed like a bug by debris from the second plane."  So, having lived through that nightmare he has definite feelings about Bush's leadership during that time and in its aftermath.

He starts out by saying that he doesn't buy into the conspiracy theories calling it an inside job by the CIA.  He also points out that he doesn't believe that Bush was blameless either. He points to a NY Times article that says Bush received a classified review of the threat posed by Osama bin Laden on Aug. 6, 2001, more than a month before the attack.

He goes on to list a number of other incidents and details that paint a picture that raises great concern.  He points out that warnings started May 1st and also raises this from the above article:

Straker also points out that, according to, 7 of the hijackers had overstayed their visas, but the Bush administration wasn't watching for problems like this even though they had clear warning that Osama bin Laden was targeting the U. S.

Straker concludes with a very simple and logical view:

"After 9/11 George W. let Muslims into the country like never before, some of whom perpetrated terrible attacks. Have you ever heard of the Boston Marathon bombers? George W. Bush let these fine Muslims into the country in 2002, the year after 9/11. If he had stopped Muslim immigration, all the people killed and maimed in Boston would be alive and well right now.

"George W. Bush didn't cause 9/11, but if he had been attentive, he might have been able to prevent it. He certainly did nothing to improve our security after it, refusing to secure our borders or curtail the importation of Muslim immigrants."

And let me add to Straker's conclusion by saying that there is a growing chorus demanding that the 28 missing pages from the 9/11 investigation be released to the public.  Congressman Walter Jones and former Senator Bob Graham are among those who believe that the government is covering up information about Saudi involvement in the attacks.  It's been suggested that may be because of the tight ties the Bush family has to the Saudi royals.

America cannot be politically correct if we are to save this nation.  And when someone has the guts to say things that are uncomfortable because of political correctness it is up to us as citizens to support the facts and ignore political correctness.  

We want America to be great again.  If it's going to be great it must embrace the truth no matter how uncomfortable that may be.  Truth isn't politically correct and neither should we be.