With an unidentified pipe bomber still at large, the security measures in D.C. this weekend make sense. But the threat is spreading to other venues.
— David Neiwert (@DavidNeiwert) September 16, 2021
Some gaping holes in Yer Librul Media’s 9/11 coverage. For one, they went right back into propaganda mode by repeating the lie that the reason for the attack was “they hate us for our values.” Bin Laden was always quite clear: We were attacked because of supporting Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and our presence and support in other countries where Muslims were being oppressed. Doesn’t fit on a bumper sticker, but oh well.
Also, they completely erased the part played by then-Sen. Hillary Clinton in getting New York back on its feet and looking out for first responders. I guess I expected that.
But to allow the odious George W. Bush to make a nice speech and thus erase his administration’s bungling (and possible complicity) of the intelligence leading up to the attacks? Don’t take my word for it. Remember Richard Clarke? He was all over the teevee there for a few years, talking about he couldn’t even get the Bush people to hold a meeting about the imminent threat, and when they finally did?
At the first Deputies Committee meeting on terrorism, held in April 2001, Clarke strongly suggested that the U.S. put pressure on both the Taliban and al-Qaeda by arming the Northern Alliance and other groups in Afghanistan. Simultaneously, he said that the US should target bin Laden and his leadership by restoring flights of the MQ-1 Predators. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz responded, “Well, I just don’t understand why we are beginning by talking about this one man bin Laden.” Clarke replied that he was talking about bin Laden and his network because it posed “an immediate and serious threat to the United States.” According to Clarke, Wolfowitz turned to him and said, “You give bin Laden too much credit. He could not do all these things like the 1993 attack on New York, not without a state sponsor. Just because the FBI and CIA have failed to find the linkages does not mean they don’t exist.”
And here at 15:12, Bruce Reidel, then-senior adviser on the Middle East for four administrations, describes the Bush administration’s stubborn refusal to deal with what all the intelligence described as an imminent threat.
He said there was clear information all summer warning that an attack inside the U.S. was imminent. “The CIA director went ‘door to door’ at the White House warning of an imminent attack. Unfortunately, the Bush administration didn’t do anything about it.
“There was great concern at the White House that an investigation of what had happened would find that the administration had bungled the job very, very badly. So they wanted very much to go on offense, and to take action.”
Remember the Project for the New American Century? We probably won’t know in our lifetimes whether this Bush & Cheney gang simply took advantage of their own catastrophic mistakes to impose their vision on the Middle East (unsuccessfully, I might add), or whether they were directly complicit. Incompetence is a form of complicity, right? And the results were the same.
We know know it was the Saudis all along, just as we Dirty Fucking Hippies always said:
The FBI has released the first of what are expected to be several documents from its investigation into whether agents of the Saudi Arabian government provided support to the Sept. 11, 2001 terror plot. https://t.co/eW7xHy2Pw1
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 12, 2021
Here’s what it all boils down to: Over a million Iraqis dead because the boys in the Bush administration wanted to remodel the Middle East.
— Dean Edwards (@ekoskaiphos) September 12, 2021
Biden: "My administration is deeply committed to the constitutional right established in Roe v. Wade nearly five decades ago and will protect and defend that right."
Jimmy Malone: NOW, what are you prepared to do?https://t.co/ptbfSBvJ7l
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) September 1, 2021
Jen Psaki says Biden will wait for the ongoing Supreme Court reform committee process to “complete” before he makes any assessments on changes to the court.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 1, 2021
Per the EO, “the Commission shall submit its report to the President within 180 days of the date of the Commission’s first public meeting.” The first public meeting was June 30th, so if my math is right their deadline for a report (query whether that’s completion) is Dec. 27th.
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) September 1, 2021
Can you imagine what news hosts and reporters would be saying if the Taliban started giving out bounties to those who reported to them anyone trying to help a rape or incest victim terminate their pregnancy, so they could punish them?
Seriously, can you imagine?#TexasTaliban
— Eric Schmeltzer 🇺🇸 (@JustSchmeltzer) September 1, 2021
Did anyone ask what the way forward is when a 6-3 SCOTUS strikes down the federal codification of Roe for want of Article I power? https://t.co/4SV4mMYFIw
— Greg Lipper (@theglipper) September 1, 2021
Remember that time Dana Loesch told her flying monkeys I’d threatened her children, and then I got death threats for a couple of weeks? She’s a real peach! Just kidding, she’s a sociopath.
Now the Washington Post did a fawning profile for their Style section, thus normalizing her violent rhetoric, and refused to run the comments from people who understand who she really is:
"Psaki's exchanges w/Doocy drop into the conversation like bang snaps, crackling w/life, the gotcha almost always redirected to the junkyard.
"That’s in part because the questions reflect a right-wing consensus that hasn’t been exposed to any scrutiny." https://t.co/TTJLJdyf4l
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 28, 2021