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Thursday, December 01, 2022

The words that were spoken in that room remained secret for nearly two decades. Now, we can finally read what [ President George W.] Bush said.

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#1 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-12-01 07:55 AM | Reply

As the commissioners questioned Bush about why he did not authorize military activity to kill bin Laden in the months before 9/11, Bush mentioned that he had recently spoken with British Prime Minister Tony Blair who observed that "they were being criticized for not launching a preemptive attack against Afghanistan. And they were criticized for preemptively attacking Iraq." Blair allegedly told Bush that if the president had said "before 9/11 that he wanted to put forces in Afghanistan, he " Blair " would have been floored. I would have looked at you like a nut,' Blair said. There was an appetite for a throat ----' (killing Bin Ladin), not a war footing." With no apparent sense of the lethal irony present, Bush told the commissioners, "A president can't force preemptive war without a cause. The country didn't like war. I don't like it either,' the President said."

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-12-01 08:10 AM | Reply

Also covered by the WSJ

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#3 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2022-12-01 08:13 AM | Reply

George W's tombstone:

A Failed President. A Liar. He Hurt His Country.

Trump's tombstone:

A Failed President. Prolific Liar. The Man Who Would Be King.

GOP's tombstone:

Failed Americans. May They Rot In Hell.

#4 | Posted by Zed at 2022-12-01 08:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Democrat lies about a -------? Impeachment.

Republican lies about 9/11? Re-Election.

This is the Republican Way.

#5 | Posted by Sycophant at 2022-12-01 09:25 AM | Reply

We've been vindicated.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-12-01 09:44 AM | Reply

Maybe he can paint some more fruits and vegetables to appease himself.

Republican lies about 9/11? Re-Election.

The biggest mistake the commission made was allowing him to testify while holding hands with Dick Cheney and not under oath.

Worst.

President.

Ever.

Until 2017.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-12-01 12:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

FFS why do we always find out critical information a decade after it would have been useful?

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2022-12-01 03:05 PM | Reply

He who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.

-Machiavelli

#9 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2022-12-01 03:17 PM | Reply

He who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived.
-Machiavelli

#9 | POSTED BY NERFHERDER

I hear Donald Trump has that quote inscribed on his family seal.

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2022-12-01 03:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I'm sure the GOP will find a guy who will outdo Trump if elected.

#11 | Posted by RJSquirrel at 2022-12-01 03:32 PM | Reply

"He who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived."
-Machiavelli

Translate that to Trump-speak and we'd have a copy of "The Art of the Deal."

#12 | Posted by Twinpac at 2022-12-01 04:16 PM | Reply

"He who seeks to deceive will always find someone who will allow himself to be deceived."

^
You can fool some of the people all the time, and those are the ones you want to concentrate on.
--George W. Bush

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-12-01 04:22 PM | Reply

The second to last republican president lied us into a 7 trillion dollar war that killed hundreds of thousands, blew up the mideast and sent waves of refugees into europe, igniting an increase in anti immigrant fascism.

The last republican president killed a half million americans with lies and incompetence during a pandemic and then attempted a coup to end democracy.

Real hot streak. Can't wait to see what the next one does.

#14 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-12-01 05:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

When people tell you who they are, believe them.

#15 | Posted by sentinel at 2022-12-01 05:32 PM | Reply

I hear Donald Trump has that quote inscribed on his family seal.

#10 | POSTED BY MODER8

In Pig Latin, MODER8

#16 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2022-12-01 05:48 PM | Reply

Real hot streak. Can't wait to see what the next one does.

#14 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

If there ever is another one, he will destroy this country, so lets hope and make sure it doesn't happen.

#17 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2022-12-01 05:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"why do we always find out critical information a decade after it would have been useful?"

We knew most of this stuff before or during the early days of the raq invasion but when we said it out loud we were called traitors. Once we entered the invasion arguments against it were presented as attacks on our troops.After that misrepresentatation (intentional Fox News, if you still listen to them or still vote Republican then you are hopelessly lost in a cloud of disinformation and quite probably stupid.

#18 | Posted by danni at 2022-12-02 08:06 PM | Reply

We knew most of this stuff before or during the early days of the raq invasion but when we said it out loud we were called traitors. Once we entered the invasion arguments against it were presented as attacks on our troops.After that misrepresentatation (intentional Fox News, if you still listen to them or still vote Republican then you are hopelessly lost in a cloud of disinformation and quite probably stupid.
POSTED BY DANNI AT 2022-12-02 08:06 PM | REPLY

Bears repeating

#19 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2022-12-02 08:26 PM | Reply

Sounds about white.

#20 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-12-03 07:56 AM | Reply

It's refreshing to be reminded that the GOP totally sucked well before Trump arrived on the political scene.

#21 | Posted by anton at 2022-12-03 08:32 AM | Reply

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