Why was 9/11 really Clinton's fault and George W Bush shouldn't bear any blame?

9/11 did happen on GW Bush's watch and 8-9 months into his presidency but Republican's claim that Bush didn't have enough time to get up to speed plus Clinton had Bin Laden in his sights and let him get away. Democrats claim that 8-9 months was long enough to heed the CIA's repeated warnings and... show more 9/11 did happen on GW Bush's watch and 8-9 months into his presidency but Republican's claim that Bush didn't have enough time to get up to speed plus Clinton had Bin Laden in his sights and let him get away.

Democrats claim that 8-9 months was long enough to heed the CIA's repeated warnings and that Bush also had Bin Laden in his sights in Tora Bora and also let him get away.

So who is right?

My logic is this, If it happens on your watch then you are to blame. Don't make excuses for your side's failure.

Clinton let Bin Laden get away and could have ended it all by getting Bin Laden
Bush let Bin Laden get away just like Clinton did and had a second chance to stop 9/11 and 9/11 happened on his watch, Bush also could not catch Bin Laden but may have had a role in catching him due to some policies he put in place but saying that he wasn't looking for Bin Laden makes him look bad.
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