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    Marco Rubio comes to George W. Bush’s defense over 9/11

    Marco Rubio comes to George W. Bush’s defense over 9/11

    “Bush inherited all sorts of things from the Clinton administration”

    Liberals have so convinced themselves that George W. Bush is to blame for 9/11 that any suggestion Bill Clinton shares responsibility for the attack is inconceivable to them.

    Donald Trump recently pointed out that 9/11 happened on George W. Bush’s watch which turned into a narrative of Trump blaming Bush for 9/11.

    Marco Rubio appeared on Newsmax TV this week and pointed out that Bush inherited a difficult situation from Bill Clinton.

    BuzzFeed reported:

    Rubio: Trump Lacks Basic “Understanding” Of 9/11, Clinton Not Bush Deserves Blame

    Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says his opponent Donald Trump is wrong to suggest President George W. Bush bears responsibility for the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, arguing that the majority of the failures that led to the deadly attacks should be attributed to President Bill Clinton’s administration instead.

    “It’s just not true, it’s wrong. What he said is just not true,” Rubio told NewsMaxTV The Hard Line with Ed Berliner on Wednesday about Trump.

    “The truth is that President George W. Bush inherited all sorts of things from the Clinton administration, including intelligence agencies and others who weren’t doing a very good job that were not sharing information across agencies. Including a government that under President Clinton had not taken seriously al-Qaeda and the threat that they posed,” Rubio continued, citing the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, the first World Trade Center bombing, and other terrorist attacks.

    The video clip below was uploaded to YouTube by a group called Right Wing Watch. To people like them, every valid point Rubio is making is beyond belief:

    Allahpundit of Hot Air offers some political analysis of Rubio’s intentions here:

    Rubio counters Trump: Blame Bill Clinton, not George W. Bush, for failing to prevent 9/11

    With Rubio in the process of eclipsing Jeb and trying to consolidate Republican interventionists for the stretch run against Trump and/or Cruz, it would be highly foolish of him to alienate Bush donors and grassroots hawks by joining Trump in kneecapping Bush 43.

    For all of the hype surrounding Rubio as a new face for the GOP, one of his strongest appeals, especially among older Republicans, is how familiar and comfortable he seems. They’ve been voting for decades for men who speak glowingly about the American dream and promise a muscular Republican foreign policy to cure Democratic weakness. Laying 9/11 off entirely on Clinton instead of Bush slides neatly into that image for Rubio.

    Featured image via YouTube.


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    You don’t reverse 8 years of Clinton being in office in 9 months.

    “How Chinagate Led to 9/11
    By: Jean Pearce | Tuesday, May 25, 2004

    As the 9/11 Commission tries to uncover what kept intelligence agencies from preventing September 11, it has overlooked two vital factors: Jamie Gorelick and Bill Clinton. Gorelick, who has browbeaten the current administration, helped erect the walls between the FBI, CIA and local investigators that made 9/11 inevitable. However, she was merely expanding the policy Bill Clinton established with Presidential Decision Directive 24. What has been underreported is why the policy came about: to thwart investigations into the Chinese funding of Clinton’s re-election campaign, and the favors he bestowed on them in return.

    In April, staff writer Scott Wheeler reported that a senior U.S. government official and three other sources claimed that the 1995 memo written by Jamie Gorelick, who served as the Clinton Justice Department’s deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1997, created “a roadblock” to the investigation of illegal Chinese donations to the Democratic National Committee. But the picture is much bigger than that. The Gorelick memo, which blocked intelligence agents from sharing information that could have halted the September 11 hijacking plot, was only the mortar in a much larger maze of bureaucratic walls whose creation Gorelick personally oversaw.

    It’s a story the 9/11 Commission may not want to hear, and one that Gorelick – now incredibly a member of that commission – has so far refused to tell. But it is perhaps the most crucial one to understanding the intentional breakdown of intelligence that led to the September 11 disaster.

    Nearly from the moment Gorelick took office in the Clinton Justice Department, she began acting as the point woman for a large-scale bureaucratic reorganization of intelligence agencies that ultimately placed the gathering of intelligence, and decisions about what – if anything – would be done with it under near-direct control of the White House. In the process, more than a dozen CIA and FBI investigations underway at the time got caught beneath the heel of the presidential boot, investigations that would ultimately reveal massive Chinese espionage as millions in illegal Chinese donations filled Democratic Party campaign coffers.

    When Gorelick took office in 1994, the CIA was reeling from the news that a Russian spy had been found in CIA ranks, and Congress was hungry for a quick fix. A month after Gorelick was sworn in, Bill Clinton issued Presidential Decision Directive 24. PDD 24 put intelligence gathering under the direct control of the president’s National Security Council, and ultimately the White House, through a four-level, top-down chain of command set up to govern (that is, stifle) intelligence sharing and cooperation between intelligence agencies. From the moment the directive was implemented, intelligence sharing became a bureaucratic nightmare that required negotiating a befuddling bureaucracy that stopped directly at the President’s office.

    First, the directive effectively neutered the CIA by creating a National Counterintelligence Center (NCI) to oversee the Agency. NCI was staffed by an FBI agent appointed by the Clinton administration. It also brought multiple international investigations underway at the time under direct administrative control. The job of the NCI was to “implement counterintelligence activities,” which meant that virtually everything the CIA did, from a foreign intelligence agent’s report to polygraph test results, now passed through the intelligence center that PDD 24 created.

    NCI reported to an administration-appointed National Counterintelligence Operations Board (NCOB) charged with “discussing counterintelligence matters.” The NCOB in turn reported to a National Intelligence Policy Board, which coordinated activities between intelligence agencies attempting to work together. The policy board reported “directly” to the president through the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

    The result was a massive bureaucratic roadblock for the CIA – which at the time had a vast lead on the FBI in foreign intelligence – and for the FBI itself, which was also forced to report to the NCOB. This hampered cooperation between the two entities. All this occurred at a time when both agencies were working separate ends of investigations that would eventually implicate China in technology transfers and the Democratic Party in a Chinese campaign cash grab.

    And the woman charged with selling this plan to Congress, convincing the media and ultimately implementing much of it? Jamie Gorelick.”

    “In the 1990s, as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, a linchpin job in the Justice Department, she brought cases against Omar Abdel Rahman, the “blind sheikh,” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, and other terrorists. In 1998, long before 9/11, she filed a sealed indictment of Osama bin Laden.”

    Clinton obviously had better things to do.

    “While the Bush Administration can be criticized for ignoring warnings that an attack like 9/11 might occur, it is the Clinton Administration which facilitated 9/11 by conducting a foreign policy that promoted the rise of radical Islam. As part of his pro-Muslim campaign in the former Yugoslavia, for example, Clinton pursued a controversial policy of approving the shipment of Iranian arms to Bosnian Muslims. The Clinton Administration was also allied with radical Islam when it waged a war on Serbia and ordered the CIA to assist the Kosovo Liberation Army, some of whose members were trained by bin Laden. That was 1999-two years before 9/11.

    As we noted earlier, in a commentary entitled, “The 9/11 Conspiracy,” 9/11 was not the first time that the policy had backfired on the U.S. It was during the Clinton Administration that the Iranian-directed bombing of Khobar Towers occurred, and, according to former FBI director Louis Freeh, the Clinton national security apparatus worked long and hard to prevent the truth from coming out. Freeh wrote, “It soon became clear that Mr. Clinton and his national security adviser, Sandy Berger, had no interest in confronting the fact that Iran had blown up the towers.”

    Berger would later plead guilty to stealing and destroying classified national security information from the National Archives on what the Clinton Administration did-or did not do-to prevent 9/11. Berger was desperate to cover something up.

    Interestingly, Berger would later surface in an article in the Wall Street Journal headlined, “Talk to Tehran,” in which he advised that “diplomacy” with Iran, rather than military action, could produce a “breakthrough.” On January 14, 2005, the George Soros-funded Open Society Institute, together with the American Iranian Council (AIC), had sponsored a symposium on “US-Iran Relations: A View from Tehran,” featuring the Iranian Ambassador to the U.N., Javad Zarif. Commentator Ken Timmerman would note that the involvement of the Open Society Institute in this event meant that Soros was helping Iran spread its propaganda. The event was held at the Open Society Institute (OSI) in New York and the OSI is listed as an AIC sponsor.”

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