Dubbya’s Big Fat Lie No. 1 Is George W. Bush a …

Dubbya’s Big Fat Lie No. 1

Is George W. Bush a liar? In the past I have been criticized by readers for saying as much. In my opinion, the facts are on my side in this debate. Let us look at a statement made by the pResident (thanks DJH for that) on May 17,

The American people know this about me and my national security team and my administration: Had I known that the enemy was going to use airplanes to kill on that fateful morning, I would have done everything in my power to protect the American people.

Now, it is clear that nothing that comes out of this man’s mouth in public is original and I am certain that Karl Rove spent countless hours agonizing over the wording of that statement but none the less it is still patently false. Bush’s claims were followed up by similar statements by nearly every other White House official claiming that they had no idea planes could be used as weapons, including this one from Ari Fleischer,

The President did not — not — receive information about the use of airplanes as missiles by suicide bombers. This was a new type of attack that had not been foreseen.

A new type of attack that had not been foreseen? Really? We shall see. According to the LA Times, in the lead up to the G8 Summit in Genoa, Italy in July of 2001,

US and Italian officials were warned…that Islamic terrorists might attempt to kill President Bush and other leaders by crashing an airliner into the Genoa summit of industrialized nations.

While this threat was apparently shrugged off by the White House publicly it was obviously taken seriously.

Italian officials took the reports seriously enough to prompt extraordinary precautions during the July summit of the Group of 8 nations, including closing the airspace over Genoa and stationing antiaircraft guns at the city’s airport.

These threats were also substantiated by the intelligence agencies of other nations. In June 2001 Egyptian intelligence claims to have discovered,

…a communiqué from bin Laden saying he wanted to assassinate George W. Bush and other G8 heads of state during their summit in Italy. The communiqué specifically mentions this would be done via ‘an airplane stuffed with explosives.’

This information was apparently passed on to US intelligence but was summarily ignored. Don’t trust Egypt, well how about the Russians? Apparently a similar report from Russian intelligence scared Bush enough that he forgoes sleeping in Genoa, opting instead spend the night offshore on an aircraft carrier. Lastly, our good friends at the BBC reported on the eve of the summit that,

The huge force of officers and equipment which has been assembled to deal with unrest has been spurred on by a warning that supporters of Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden might attempt an air attack on some of the world leaders present.

So with all that information how is it possible that the pResident could not have imagined terrorists using airplanes as weapons? Lie #1.

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