Bush Shamefully Exploits Tragedy

By Dan Payne

THREE YEARS after 9/11/01, presidential politics is driven by fear of terrorism and war in Iraq. 9/11 represents horrifying failure of America's defense that happened on George Bush's watch. But Bush shamelessly campaignson it."A catastrophe" is how national security professionals describe Bush administration's response to 9/11 in James Fallows's piece in current Atlantic. Bush ignored clear warnings from outgoing Clinton officials that terrorism was serious threat. Ignored Aug. 6, 2001 briefing paper, "Osama bin Laden Determined To Strike inside US." On 9/11, when told "America is under attack," Bush froze in Florida classroom for seven long minutes reading "My Pet Goat."

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