Murdock’s New York Post tries to trivialize Bush’s negligence

Some blogs are complaining about the accuracy of this story in a New York tabloid owned by Fox’s Rupert Murdock, The New York Post, ‘BLAME U.S. FOR 9/11’ IDIOTS IN MAJORITY ‘PLOTS’ THICKEN IN SHOCKING POLL

November 24, 2007 — Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the federal government had warnings about 9/11 but decided to ignore them, a national survey found.

And that’s not the only conspiracy theory with a huge number of true believers in the United States.

The poll found that more than one out of three Americans believe Washington is concealing the truth about UFOs and the Kennedy assassination – and most everyone is sure the rise in gas prices is one vast oil-industry conspiracy.

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You just have to appreciate the clever conflating of UFOs and Lee Harvey Oswald with George W. Bush’s negligence. Knowing what we do about Bush’s decisions regarding various warnings about 9-11, that he and his cracker-jack national security advisers like Dick Cheney and Condelezza Rice were less then competent isn’t a conspiracy theory; it’s called not letting your partisan loyalties get in the way of seeing the truth. Did Bush and Cheney have imminent knowledge of the attacks of 9-11 and sit back and let it happen, of course not. Were they careless and arrogant, were their priorities out of whack. That case can certainly be made, Memo To New York Post:

The Bush Administration Was Warned About 9/11

1) Bush received intel briefing on Aug. 6, 2001 entitled “Bin Laden Determined To Strike In US.” The briefing specifically warned to “patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks,” particularly targeted at New York.

2) CIA Director George Tenet briefing Condoleezza Rice and other top administration officials on July 10, 2001 about a specific urgent and looming threat from al Qaeda.

The NYP is just doing its job of selling papers to generate advertising revenue to put more money in Rupert’s pocket so he can turn around and generate more crap for the public to consume. Many of whom eat it up like a starving man eating a steak. Sure the story or how the story is spun is a stinking load, but when has that ever stopped the wingnut noise machine from printing or saying anything. The NYP story is also very much about trivializing the hubris and laziness that have been a hallmark of this administration. You think Bush has been irresponsible then hey you believe we’ve been visited by little green men in shiny silver suits. Putting ethics before profit isn’t much of a consideration for Murdock and his ilk and will not be for the foreseeable future. The more they contribute to the dumping down of knowledge and the general public discourse the richer they get.
What fuels the idea that a few people have that Bush let 9-11 happen. I’ll let the sociologists handle the detailed analysis, but as to Bush himself and how the Right in general has handled the sequence of events and what we know is partly to blame. With the briefings mentioned above in mind, Bush Questioned About 9/11, Testifying With Cheney

QUESTION: Two weeks ago, a former counterterrorism official at the NSC, Richard Clarke, offered an unequivocal apology to the American people for failing them prior to 9-11. Do you believe the American people deserve a similar apology from you, and would you prepared to give them one?

BUSH: Look, I can understand why people in my administration are anguished over the fact that people lost their life. I feel the same way. I mean, I’m sick when I think about the death that took place on that day. And as I mentioned, I’ve met with a lot of family members, and I do the best to console them about the loss of their loved one.

As I mentioned, I oftentimes think about what I could have done differently. I can assure the American people that had we had any inkling that this was going to happen, we would have done everything in our power to stop the attack.

Here’s what I feel about that: The person responsible for the attacks was Osama bin Laden. That’s who’s responsible for killing Americans. And that’s why we will stay on the offense until we bring people to justice.

Well, he did in fact have an inkling and did not make the possibility of an attack a priority. That last sentence is now part of a sad ironic national narrative. Rather then make Bin Laden a priority even after the fact, he made Iraq the priority. Even though not one of the hijackers was from Iraq and that as I write this the majority of foreign fighters in Iraq are Saudis, yet Bush and the winger noise machine keeps making ratcheting up the rhetoric about Iran. Six years since 9-11 and the Right still hasn’t learned a thing. They manifestly refuse to get their priorities straight and people are dying because of it.

A redacted copy of the Bin Laden memo.

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Blonde Sense has a few words on the same subject.

Antique Map Africa wallpaper circa 1590

Antique Map Africa wallpaper circa 1590

Retailers Buoyed by Strong Holiday Start, which is good for a momentary feeling of confidence. A good Black Friday distracts from the housing, credit and currency crisis. Commenting on this story, Wake up to the dangers of a deepening crisis, by Lawrence Summers – Financial Times, Economist’s View notes, Do We Need Another Rate Cut?

With respect to traditional stabilization policy, monetary and fiscal policy lags are fairly long. Because of that, past policy responses will govern our immediate future – it’s too late to do much now – and anything done now to change monetary or fiscal policy won’t be felt with any force until sometime in the future. Thus, given the growing uncertainty about the future course of economic growth, effective risk management points toward taking actions today to reduce the potential for a catastrophic outcome of a deep and prolonged recession at some point in the future.

Besides the failed nations, increasing the number of militants in the Middle-East, a lousy environmental record, out of control health-care costs and deeper economic disparity the Bush legacy might well include years of inflation or recession. Yet in the delusional world of conservatism where they still think they’re the party of values they also still think they’re the party of fiscal responsibility. This one is easy as far as predicting the course of the right-wing noise machine. A democrat will most likely be in the Whitehouse in 2009 and the lousy economic conditions will be blamed on Democrats. So the grand tradition of Bush and his supporters of never acting like grown-ups, never taking responsibility for anything will continue. What a surprise, once again Conservative economic policy that worships at the alter of irresponsible tax cuts for the wealthy and trickle down wishful thinking will be paid for by the middle-class.