Demagogic Democratic smear machine has already started to attack Bush over the Aug 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing. They have already called it extremely damaging to the President.
The only thing it proves is that George Bush is not psychic.
In the extended entry is the full text of the memo. It is, as Dr. Rice described, mostly a historical document. Only one sentence talks about events since 1999. It talks about what Al Qeada has done in the past and mentions what little information we did have prior to 9/11.
In fact I don’t really see where it says anything we did not know before the election.
The critics will be sure to ignore the last paragraph that says:
The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full field investigations throughout the US that it considers Bin Ladin-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our Embassy in UAE in May saying that a group of Bin Ladin supporters was in the US planning attacks with explosives.
In reading the whole thing I am struck how freaking clueless we were just 1 month before the event. For all the Dem spin we didn’t know jack about the actual plot. For Bush to stop 9/11 with this information he would have needed to have a crystal ball the size of Mt Everest.
Of course the “usual suspects” will claim it proof that George Bush is the devil… but then they always do.
UPDATE: OH look.. A usual suspect that ignores we had over 70 investigations going. Why I am not surprised?
Read it for yourself below…
Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US
Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate Bin Ladin since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the U.S. Bin Ladin implied in US television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and “bring the fighting to America.”
After US missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, Bin Ladin told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to xxxxxxxxxxx service.
An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told an xxxxxxxxxx service at the same time that Bin Ladin was planning to exploit the operative’s access to the US to mount a terrorist strike.
The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of Bin Ladin’s first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the US. Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that Bin Ladin lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own US attack.
Ressam says Bin Ladin was aware of the Los Angeles operation.
Although Bin Ladin has not succeeded, his attacks against the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Ladin associates surveilled our Embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.