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05/16/02 09:20am link

Mr. Bush explains it all
It wasn't his fault. He wasn't there, he didn't do it, it was an accident, he'll never do it again, and besides he's not really a President. Headlines and headline blurbs are transient, so here is a pseudo-random selection snatched from today's papers (italics added).

Let's start with CNN:

Bush warned of possible hijackings before 9/11: President Bush was warned in intelligence briefings before the September 11 terror attacks that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network might try to hijack a U.S.-based airliner, senior administration officials said. There was, however, no information about a specific hijacking or information about the use of an airplane as a weapon, the officials said.
From the New York Times:
Bush Was Warned bin Laden Wanted to Hijack Planes: President Bush had been warned last August that Osama bin Laden was seeking to hijack aircraft, but the reports did not say that the planes would be used as missiles.
Here's the Washington Post:
Bush Was Told in August Of Danger of Hijackings: The CIA warning dealt with terrorists linked to bin Laden but contained no details of the Sept. 11 plot.
How about the Denver Post? Sorry, the story doesn't merit a mention in Denver. None in the Christian Science Monitor either. (In fairness, if you dig deep enough, both carry - or bury - brief AP dispatches on the subject, but no headline).

On to the Dallas Morning News:

Bush warned of hijack threat: Briefing before Sept. 11 referred to discussions, gave no attack specifics.
And the New York Post:
BUSH KNEW: Intelligence officials warned President Bush in the weeks before Sept. 11 that Osama bin Laden and his terror henchmen might have been plotting to hijack passenger airliners, the White House said last night. But Bush's spokesman said the administration believed bin Laden was merely plotting a "traditional" hijacking.
And finally, this from the Los Angeles Times:
CIA Warned Bush of Possible Hijackings: White House says "all appropriate action" was taken after learning in August that Osama Bin Laden's terrorists might strike.
No screw-up here, no, no. Our commieliberal press, doing it's best to attack Mr. Bush as is its wont, still can't find a chink in the armor. What could he and his administration do, with "no information about a specific hijacking or information about the use of an airplane as a weapon", reports that "did not say that the planes would be used as missiles", CIA warning that "dealt with terrorists linked to bin Laden but contained no details of the Sept. 11 plot", or briefings that "gave no attack specifics"?

I suppose that Mr. Bush's advisors said, hey, Mr. bin Laden is merely plotting a traditional hijacking, why don't you take August off and relax in Crawford? Everything's under control, all appropriate action has been taken, and besides no respectable newspaper will ever hold you responsible you for anything that happens on your watch.

They were right.

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