Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentGovernment · 1 decade ago

Why didn't the President gather information BEFORE the war ? Not after the ISG was published.?

Most of the public does not trust him to tell the truth or make the right decisions.

13 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Bush just never figured out that whole go-to-school, study, learn thing. I guess Bush is living proof that a little education is a dangerous thing.


    nicolasra... -

    Funny how those are all 1998 - right before Clinton bombed and destroyed all of Saddam's WMD manufacturing facilities.

    Just because they were there in 1998 does not mean they were there in 2003.


    loomesa –

    Clinton vs. Terror, Republicans vs. Clinton

    President Clinton led the fight against terrorism over strong opposition from Republicans in Congress and the pro-Republican Media. Here's a partial - yet incredibly long - list of accomplishments against terrorism for which the Clinton Administration gets almost no credit or even recognition. President Clinton:

    -- sent legislation to Congress to TIGHTEN AIRPORT SECURITY. (Remember, this is before 911) The legislation was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the airlines.

    -- sent legislation to Congress to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF TERRORIST FUNDING. It was defeated by Republicans in the Senate because of opposition from banking interests.

    -- sent legislation to Congress to add tagents to explosives, to allow for BETTER TRACKING OF EXPLOSIVES USED BY TERRORISTS. It was defeated by the Republicans because of opposition from the NRA.

    When Republicans couldn't prevent executive action, President Clinton:

    -- Developed the nation's first anti-terrorism policy, and appointed first national coordinator.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up 12 U.S. jetliners simultaneously.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up UN Headquarters.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up FBI Headquarters.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

    --Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Boston airport.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up Lincoln and Holland Tunnels in NY.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the George Washington Bridge.

    -- Stopped cold the planned attack to blow up the US Embassy in Albania.

    -- Tried to kill Osama bin Laden and disrupt Al Qaeda through preemptive strikes (efforts denounced by the G.O.P.).

    -- Brought perpetrators of first World Trade Center bombing and CIA killings to justice.

    -- Did not blame Bush I administration for first World Trade Center bombing even though it occurred 38 days after they had left office. Instead, worked hard, even obsessively -- and successfully -- to stop future terrorist attacks.

    -- Named the Hart-Rudman commission to report on nature of terrorist threats and major steps to be taken to combat terrorism.

    -- Tripled the budget of the FBI for counterterrorism and doubled overall funding for counterterrorism.

    -- Detected and destroyed cells of Al Qaeda in over 20 countries

    -- Created a national stockpile of drugs and vaccines including 40 million doses of smallpox vaccine.

    -- Robert Oakley, Reagan Counterterrorism Czar says of Clinton's efforts "Overall, I give them very high marks" and "The only major criticism I have is the obsession with Osama"

    -- Paul Bremer, Bush's Administrator of Iraq disagrees slightly with Robert Oakley saying he believed the Clinton Administration had "correctly focused on bin Laden. "

    -- Barton Gellman of the Washington Post put it best, "By any measure available, Clinton left office having given greater priority to terrorism than any president before him" and was the "first administration to undertake a systematic anti-terrorist effort."


    Here, in stark contrast, is part of the Bush-Cheney anti-terrorism record before September 11, 2001:

    -- Backed off Clinton administration's anti-terrorism efforts.

    -- Shelved the Hart-Rudman report.

    -- Appointed new anti-terrorism task force under Dick Cheney. Group did not even meet before 9/11.

    -- Called for cuts in anti-terrorism efforts by the Department of Defense.

    -- Gave no priority to anti-terrorism efforts by Justice Department.

    -- Ignored warnings from Sandy Berger, Louis Freeh, George Tennant, Paul Bremer, and Richard Clarke about the urgency of terrorist threats.

    -- Halted Predator drone tracking of Osama bin Laden.

    -- Did nothing in wake of August 6 C.I.A. report to president saying Al Qaeda attack by hijack of an airliner almost certain.

    -- Bush - knowing about the terrorists' plans to attack in America, warned that terrorists were in flight schools in the US - took a four week vacation.

    -- By failing to order any coordination of intelligence data, missed opportunity to stop the 9/11 plot as Clinton-Gore had stopped the millennium plots.

    -- Blamed President Clinton for 9/11.


    An Excuse-Spouting Bush Is Busted by 9/11 Report

    As early as May 2001, the FBI was receiving tips that Bin Laden supporters were planning attacks in the U.S., possibly including the hijacking of planes. On May 29, White House counter-terrorism chief Richard Clarke wrote national security advisor Condoleezza Rice that when these attacks [on Israeli or U.S. facilities] occur, as they likely will, we will wonder what more we could have done to stop them. At the end of June, the commission wrote, "the intelligence reporting consistently described the upcoming attacks as occurring on a calamitous level."

    In early July, Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft was told "that preparations for multiple attacks [by Al Qaeda] were in late stages or already complete and that little additional warning could be expected." By month's end, "the system was blinking red" and could not "get any worse," then-CIA Director George Tenet told the 9/11 commission.

    It was at this point, of course, that George W. Bush began the longest presidential vacation in 32 years. On the very first day of his visit to his Texas ranch, Aug. 6, Bush received the now-infamous two-page intelligence alert titled, Bin Laden Determined to Attack in the United States. Yet instead of returning to the capital to mobilize an energetic defensive posture, he spent an additional 27 days away as the government languished in summer mode, in deep denial.

    "In sum," said the 9/11 commission report, "the domestic agencies never mobilized in response to the threat..." [...]

    If only he HAD done nothing, but he actually made the situation worse.

    Soon after inauguration, Bush quietly ended the Cole investigation and withdrew the team of over 100 FBI and JTTF (Joint Terrorism Task Force) agents that Clinton had sent to Yemen to investigate the Cole bombing.

    Then, in March of 2001, when the task force sent the White House their final report, which implicated bin Laden and named al Qaeda operative Khalid Shaikh Mohammed as the architect of the bombing, Bush and Rice simply shelved the report and took no action against al Qaeda. Mohammed went on to be the chief architect of the 9/11 attacks.

    Later, after Mohammed was captured in Pakistan, he told his American interrogators that it was specifically Bush's failure to follow through with the Cole investigation - and particularly his failure to come after Mohammed - that convinced him that al Qaeda could mount the 9/11 attacks and get away with them.

    It will always be a moot question whether White House diligence and attention could have prevented the 9/11 attacks, but it is a given that failure to act against the Cole bombers and failure to heed the multiple warnings about future attacks simply opened our doors wide to attack and made bin Laden's task simple.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think the war was decided first and the facts on acting to do so were not questioned at the time by too many other politicians was clearly so they did not come off as unloyal american weaklings,However if there were an honest investigation into the war they would find Mr. Cheney had much liitle prodding on george to invade Iraq and his Haliburton holdings has made his long standing family links in the washington circles bought and paid for with the blood of many fine soldiers and Iraqi people are suffering while the money brought in from the war keeps piling up in the pockets of the war pushers.Cause washington is just like hollywood its all about the MONEY

    Source(s): Dick Cheney has made a fortune during this war and he will be involved until congressional hearings stop him and his coherts.The Iraqi people are to busy killing each other off to notice the tankers leaving with their oil.
  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

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  • severs
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    No this is ironic that no longer actually did President Obama placed a end to G.W Bush deepest conflict in Iraq . yet he have shown textual content e book international relatives in getting the international community to oust the Libyan dictator and to assist wrestle terrorism international . Bush ought to under no circumstances get some thing of the international to have self belief him they hated his guts . because of this Bush had to apply his cowboy international relatives that we were so used to doing the pass 8 years . President Obama will go down in historic previous as one in all this usa best President ever .

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    We did have the information during the Clinton term, but people just ignored that untll 9/11, and then they went back and said, "Oh, hmm, this may have been usefull 3 days ago."

  • 1 decade ago

    There are many reasons for GW's behavior. One is to succede where his dad failed. Another is cronyism/profit. If some people in high places weren't making lots of money off this whole thing, It wouldn't have gone on near aslong as it has.

  • 1 decade ago

    Judging from the way he behaves during speeches, and his policies (both domestic and international); he is too dumb to execute any action. Let alone war.

    Iraq is now a slaughter house. That man deserves no honour, regarding what he started in Iraq.

    God help that man.

  • 1 decade ago

    he did general powell and his top military commanders told him it was not the way to go,but did not listen to them he listen to his house staff who were just wanting to improve their own power base at the cost of all the lives that have been lost serving their country and it will keep rising bush is the sole person responsible for those deaths

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    you mean the 15 years of intelligence that these people used when they made statements well before Bush took office?:

    "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."

    President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

    "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."

    President Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998.

    "Iraq is a long way from [here], but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face."

    Madeline Albright, Feb 18, 1998.

    "He will use those weapons of mass destruction again, as he has ten times since 1983."

    Sandy Berger, Clinton National Security Adviser, Feb, 18, 1998

    "[W]e urge you, after consulting with Congress, and consistent with the U.S. Constitution and laws, to take necessary actions (including, if appropriate, air and missile strikes on suspect Iraqi sites) to respond effectively to the threat posed by Iraq's refusal to end its weapons of mass destruction programs."

    Letter to President Clinton, signed by Sens. Carl Levin, Tom Daschle, John Kerry, and others Oct. 9, 1998.

    "Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process."

    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998.

    "Hussein has ... chosen to spend his money on building weapons of mass destruction and palaces for his cronies."

    Madeline Albright, Clinton Secretary of State, Nov. 10, 1999.

  • 1 decade ago

    because he was LYING to the american public and thought we were too busy or too uninterested or too trusting to care about the real truth!

    He is sooo arrogant he thought he could lie and get away with it.. lying bastard.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    because bush is a liar and a thief with little regard for this country or the American people.

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