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(Salon)   New documents show the CIA had Bin Laden in its crosshairs a full year before 9/11 but didn't get the funding from the Bush administration to take him out or even continue monitoring him   (salon.com) divider line 297
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2012-06-19 05:27:17 PM  
He hadn't positioned himself yet as the patsy for 9/11, so there was no need - the Bush administration needed him in the right place at the right time, and taking him out then would've been premature.
 
2012-06-19 05:40:31 PM  
So, Obama's time machine strikes again.
 
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2012-06-19 05:41:08 PM  
It just fits the pattern of GOP protecting anti-American forces.

www.bartcop.com

www.urantiansojourn.com
 
2012-06-19 05:43:30 PM  
Bush was president a year before?
 
2012-06-19 05:51:17 PM  
Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.
 
2012-06-19 06:01:23 PM  

slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.


BOTH SIDES ARE BAD
 
2012-06-19 06:23:02 PM  
A STORY IN THREE ACTS:

--- Act One ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

CLINTON: I'll Git him! watch this! HEADSHOT! BOOM!...Aw, Dangit, missed!

REPUBLICANS: OMG! WAG THE DOG! WAG THE DOG!


--- Act Two ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

DUBYA: What-ever.

BIN LADEN: HEADSHOT! BOOM!

REPUBLICANS: Gosh, what a shocking and unpredictable attack!

DUBYA: I'm gonna invade IRAQ. They was mean to mah daddy.


--- Act Three ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

OBAMA: I got this. HEADSHOT! BAM!

BIN LADEN: AUGH! (*dies*)

REPUBLICANS: OMG! NOT COOL!


--- CURTAIN ---
 
2012-06-19 06:25:09 PM  

bloobeary: A STORY IN THREE ACTS:

-snipped for brevity-


--- CURTAIN ---


Reader's Digest should fear you.
 
2012-06-19 07:19:33 PM  

slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.


And people got fired over it too
 
2012-06-19 07:25:54 PM  
www.bartcop.com
God Save the King! They've finally admitted it. Viscount Monckton is automatically Governor of New Jersey!
 
2012-06-19 07:30:01 PM  
Al Gore, on the other hand wanted to go into Afghanistan or Pakistan and shoot the bastard. Yee-haw!

They don't call him Yosemite Al because he loves the National Park System!
 
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2012-06-19 07:32:33 PM  

2wolves: Reader's Digest should fear you.


I read his post while on the toilet.
 
2012-06-19 07:50:54 PM  
The Taliban time machine brought them....and a woman...back to before the Taliban existed to meet with President Reagan. Wow.
 
2012-06-19 08:06:22 PM  

RobertBruce: Bush was president a year before?


No, just 9 months.
 
2012-06-19 08:25:29 PM  

RobertBruce: Bush was president a year before?


slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.


Back to back But, But, CLINTON! posts. Well done.
 
2012-06-19 08:37:10 PM  
Pretty badly written article. Bush had enough monumental farkups in his presidency without the author trying to re-write history and accuse him of dropping the ball 4 months before he took office. That's as dumb as the Fark Independents trying to pin the bank bailouts on Obama.
 
2012-06-19 08:40:26 PM  

bloobeary: A STORY IN THREE ACTS:

--- Act One ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

CLINTON: I'll Git him! watch this! HEADSHOT! BOOM!...Aw, Dangit, missed!

REPUBLICANS: OMG! WAG THE DOG! WAG THE DOG!


--- Act Two ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

DUBYA: What-ever.

BIN LADEN: HEADSHOT! BOOM!

REPUBLICANS: Gosh, what a shocking and unpredictable attack!

DUBYA: I'm gonna invade IRAQ. They was mean to mah daddy.


--- Act Three ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

OBAMA: I got this. HEADSHOT! BAM!

BIN LADEN: AUGH! (*dies*)

REPUBLICANS: OMG! NOT COOL!


--- CURTAIN ---


i75.photobucket.com

I like how NO ONE remembers this movie or how hard the Republicans canonized it. And I could swear one of the big, loud things Dubya did was cut funding to intelligence agencies as part of his "smaller government, x-files, don't trust gubbmint UN Black Helicopters" business.
 
2012-06-19 08:42:00 PM  
This is bad news... for the man who calls himself Obama.
 
2012-06-19 08:42:25 PM  

slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.


Clinton tried but failed, Bush didn't even bother to try. Even after 9/11, Bush's attempt to get Bin Laden was half-assed, and he soon got distracted with the unrelated catastrophark known as Iraq.
 
2012-06-19 08:42:33 PM  
This is my surprised face--

: |
 
2012-06-19 08:43:50 PM  
no farking shiat. that shiatpiece farking traiterous war criminal and the rest of farking bushco should be breaking big rocks into little rocks for the rest of their worthless time left on this planet. the entire country is a joke until that happens. they let bin laden go a couple of farking times. assholes.
 
2012-06-19 08:44:20 PM  

stoli n coke: Pretty badly written article. Bush had enough monumental farkups in his presidency without the author trying to re-write history and accuse him of dropping the ball 4 months before he took office. That's as dumb as the Fark Independents trying to pin the bank bailouts on Obama.


It's more fair when it was 9 months and both Dubya and the entire GOP were campaigning on cutting funding and going semi-isolationist.

I mean, honestly it's not NEWS, nor does it really change things, but it's one more turd the GOP is going to have to studiously polish as they try to rehabilitate the Bush Presidency (They are doing it, they already succeeded doing it with Reagan and he was far, FAR worse).
 
2012-06-19 08:45:30 PM  

TheBigJerk: bloobeary: A STORY IN THREE ACTS:

--- Act One ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

CLINTON: I'll Git him! watch this! HEADSHOT! BOOM!...Aw, Dangit, missed!

REPUBLICANS: OMG! WAG THE DOG! WAG THE DOG!


--- Act Two ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

DUBYA: What-ever.

BIN LADEN: HEADSHOT! BOOM!

REPUBLICANS: Gosh, what a shocking and unpredictable attack!

DUBYA: I'm gonna invade IRAQ. They was mean to mah daddy.


--- Act Three ---

CIA: Mr. President, Something needs to be done about Bin Laden.

OBAMA: I got this. HEADSHOT! BAM!

BIN LADEN: AUGH! (*dies*)

REPUBLICANS: OMG! NOT COOL!


--- CURTAIN ---

[i75.photobucket.com image 426x639]

I like how NO ONE remembers this movie or how hard the Republicans canonized it. And I could swear one of the big, loud things Dubya did was cut funding to intelligence agencies as part of his "smaller government, x-files, don't trust gubbmint UN Black Helicopters" business.


I'm afraid to watch that movie again because it won't be satire anymore.
 
2012-06-19 08:47:21 PM  
People sure have odd memories of people they don't like
 
2012-06-19 08:47:52 PM  

Chariset: slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.

BOTH SIDES ARE BAD


In this case I think he had a point.

And I also think that no one in the higher levels of the US government actually thought these guys would attempt something so big. They were probably expecting another truck bomb or a simple hijacking.
 
2012-06-19 08:48:35 PM  
Five in before "but Clinton!".

I believe that's a new record.
 
2012-06-19 08:51:13 PM  
Hindsight is 20/20 and all, but damn does that look bad given what we know now

/no one ever expected anything on the scale of 9/11
 
2012-06-19 08:52:17 PM  

Gwyrddu: slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.

Clinton tried but failed, Bush didn't even bother to try. Even after 9/11, Bush's attempt to get Bin Laden was half-assed, and he soon got distracted with the unrelated catastrophark known as Iraq.


yeah imagine what could have happened if we had focused all the effort into 1 country instead of 2...
 
2012-06-19 08:52:25 PM  
Republicans and terrorists both want Obama to fail.

:: insert Teabagger dropped items puzzle here ::
 
2012-06-19 08:53:04 PM  
Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9/11.
 
2012-06-19 08:54:15 PM  

Great_Milenko: Chariset: slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.

BOTH SIDES ARE BAD

In this case I think he had a point.

And I also think that no one in the higher levels of the US government actually thought these guys would attempt something so big. They were probably expecting another truck bomb or a simple hijacking.


Or another USS Cole. But there was no doubt they knew something was about to happen, too much historical evidence shows that.
 
2012-06-19 08:54:48 PM  

404 page not found: Everything I need to know about Islam conservatives and national security I learned on 9/11.

 
2012-06-19 08:55:07 PM  
What was the title of that memo again? You know, the one about Bin Laden determined to strike the US.

But to be fair, no one could have seen 9/11 coming.
 
2012-06-19 08:55:24 PM  

GAT_00: RobertBruce: Bush was president a year before?

slayer199: Clinton blew it too and has admitted as much.. 9-11 was a failure of the government across multiple administrations. Hell, our foreign policy in the Middle East has been a disaster for damn near 70 years.

Back to back But, But, CLINTON! posts. Well done.


Heh.

Reports on early attempts to apprehend bin Laden detail the beginning of the U.S. Predator drone program in Afghanistan and Pakistan. "First Predator mission over Afghanistan [excised] September 7, 2000." [1] "Twice in the fall of 2000, the Predator observed an individual most likely to be Bin Ladin; however we had no way at the time to react to this information." [2004-03-19] American UAVs did not have sufficient weapons capabilities at the time the CIA likely spotted bin Laden in 2000 to fire on the suspect using the UAV.

1998-05-05 - "[Title Excised]" "Planning for the UBL Rendition is Going Very Well," To: Michael F. Scheuer, From: [Excised], Central Intelligence Agency Email. Cited in 9/11 Commission Report as "Capture Op," "[Gary] Schroen to Mike." [Chapter 4, Endnote 22 9/11 Commission Report]


Documents reveal multiple direct attempts by Clinton to capture or kill bin Laden.

This won't stop the Republican lie that 9/11 was Clinton's fault because he had the opportunity to capture bin Laden but just didn't even though there's definitive proof he repeatedly tried to kill him and for some reason suffered a radical and unprecedented shift in character for no reason that only some Sudanese guy knew about but the CIA couldn't figure out.

B-b-but CLINTON! indeed.

2001-06-23 - "International: Bin Ladin Attacks May Be Imminent [Excised]" Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnote 14, See also p. 257 9/11 Commission Report]
2001-06-25 - "Terrorism: Bin Ladin and Associates Making Near-Term Threats," Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnotes 12, 14]
2001-06-30 - "Terrorism: Bin Laden Planning High Profile Attacks [Excised]," Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnote 12]
2001-07-02 - "Terrorism: Planning for Bin Ladin Attacks Continues, Despite Delay [Excised]," Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnote 18]
2001-07-13 - "Terrorism: Bin Ladin Plans Delayed but Not Abandoned [Excised]," Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnote 28]
2001-07-25 - "Terrorism: One Bin Ladin Operation Delayed, Others Ongoing [Excised]," Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnote 28]
2001-08-07 - "Terrorism: Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in the US," Senior Executive Intelligence Brief. [Chapter 8, Endnote 38. Chapter 11, Endnote 5. Page 342]


Guess who got inaugurated 2001-01-20? You know, a few months before 2001-06-23?

Whew, good thing that dude from Sudan or whatever blew the lid off the CIA's massive coverup to make Clinton look golden and Bush look bad.
 
2012-06-19 08:56:50 PM  
Who can deny that Bush was the worst joke of a president that we have ever had?

Is there ANYTHING he accomplished (to completion) that you are proud of conservatives?
 
2012-06-19 08:59:01 PM  

Aldon: Who can deny that Bush was the worst joke of a president that we have ever had?

Is there ANYTHING he accomplished (to completion) that you are proud of conservatives?


I'll take a guess: The Bush Tax Cuts and Faith Based Initiatives
 
2012-06-19 08:59:57 PM  

GAT_00: I'm afraid to watch that movie again because it won't be satire anymore.


It wasn't satire then, either. Like "Primary Colors", there was an entire industry dedicated to vililfying Clinton...
 
2012-06-19 09:01:16 PM  

Great_Milenko: And I also think that no one in the higher levels of the US government actually thought these guys would attempt something so big. They were probably expecting another truck bomb or a simple hijacking.


i.imgur.com

Yep.
 
2012-06-19 09:02:05 PM  
traitors
 
2012-06-19 09:03:16 PM  
If you liked Bush II, you'll be very happy with Romney.
 
2012-06-19 09:04:33 PM  
somosrepublicans.com
 
2012-06-19 09:07:00 PM  
Clinton had a spook who literally had Bin Ladens head in the crosshairs...I think his name was Billy Waugh...

The Clinton administration pulled Billy out of country faster then they pulled John Oneil off of Mohammed Attas trail.


Something something....having to clean up the last presidents mess......
 
2012-06-19 09:07:13 PM  
didn't Clinton get Osama offered to him?

Oh. never mind, Clinton is a dem.
 
2012-06-19 09:07:31 PM  

Pincy: Aldon: Who can deny that Bush was the worst joke of a president that we have ever had?

Is there ANYTHING he accomplished (to completion) that you are proud of conservatives?

I'll take a guess: The Bush Tax Cuts and Faith Based Initiatives


Do you really think they would be proud of cutting taxes for the rich and turning a budget surplus into a huge deficit? Then they must love the Obama tax cuts, right?

Faith Based Initiatives might be one. I would love to find out what conservatives are proud about with that.
 
2012-06-19 09:07:56 PM  

Ed Finnerty: [somosrepublicans.com image 576x433]


0.tqn.com
 
2012-06-19 09:08:46 PM  

FormlessOne: He hadn't positioned himself yet as the patsy for 9/11, so there was no need - the Bush administration needed him in the right place at the right time, and taking him out then would've been premature.


9/10. Way to bring up the Truther derp with subtlety. This is how you troll, folks.
 
2012-06-19 09:08:47 PM  
www.americanprotest.net

So what? The guy who masterminded 9/11 and stockpiled WMDs was supposedly being watched by the UN the entire time.
 
2012-06-19 09:09:09 PM  
If it was a full year before 9/11, then Bush was not the President yet.
 
2012-06-19 09:10:10 PM  
More so incompetence than intent...
 
2012-06-19 09:10:38 PM  

Aldon: Pincy: Aldon: Who can deny that Bush was the worst joke of a president that we have ever had?

Is there ANYTHING he accomplished (to completion) that you are proud of conservatives?

I'll take a guess: The Bush Tax Cuts and Faith Based Initiatives

Do you really think they would be proud of cutting taxes for the rich and turning a budget surplus into a huge deficit?


As Cheney said: "Deficits don't matter".

Faith Based Initiatives might be one. I would love to find out what conservatives are proud about with that.

One step closer to getting Jesus back into our government.
 
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