What A ‘Party’

August 6, 2001: President George W. Bush is handed an urgent memo titled “Bin Laden Determined to Attack in US.” Bush tells the courier who flew from Washington to Crawford just to hand-deliver the memo; “Okay, you’ve covered your ass now.” According to all accounts, Bush never read the memo.

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Sept. 11, 2001: New York and Washington are attacked by Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization. Over 3,000 Americans are brutally murdered on US soil.

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Oct. – Dec. 2001: After invading Afghanistan, the Bush administration outsources the task of capturing Osama bin Laden to Afghan warlords, who accept the money and promptly help Osama bin Laden escape from Tora Bora, and across the border into Pakistan. Bin Laden remains a free man for another nine and a half years.

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Sept. 10, 2004: Vice President Dick Cheney warns voters in the upcoming election: “If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we’ll get hit again.”

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August 2005: With strong objections from the CIA, the top-secret anti-terrorism program code named “Alec Station,” which was formed under president Bill Clinton, is quietly broken up. It’s sole mission was to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. For the next three years, almost no effort is made to locate Osama bin Laden. The Bush administration’s official position is that he was now “irrelevant.”

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Osama bin Laden continued to kill innocent people around the world for an additional six years. Following the United States, England, Spain, Indonesia and Turkey, came an upsurge in attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Kenya, Yemen, Tanzania, Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria.

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May 1, 2011: President Barack Obama announces the killing of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US Navy SEALs. The president was directly involved in the planning of the operation from the very outset (8 months in the making), personally approved the final version of the operation, and gave the green light to deploy the SEALs, as opposed to the Pentagon’s preferred plan, which was to bomb the hideout with stealth aircraft. The operation was successful — after 15 years of terrorizing the free world, Osama bin Laden was dead. President Barack Obama gambled his entire legacy on this one event, and it was a spectacular success.

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May 2nd, 2011: Fox News launches a P.R. campaign to try to claim some credit for the death of bin Laden. Launched by Karl Rove, eleven paid Republican politicos fanned out throughout Fox, on the Rush Limbaugh program, on Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, G. Gordon Liddy, etc., all alleging that had it not been for Bush’s “setting the stage,” the operation would have not been possible. The CIA insists otherwise, as does anti-terrorism expert Richard Clarke; the man who begged Bush & Cheney to focus on bin Laden in January 2001 rather than Saddam Hussein, and was rewarded for contradicting them by getting demoted.

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The Republicans were in complete control of the White House from January 2001 through January 2009. During that time, they had countless opportunities to capture or kill bin Laden, but failed to do so. They neglected al Qaeda in favor of Saddam Hussein. The Pentagon’s civilian leadership was so incompetent and obsessed with Iraq — a country that had nothing to do with al Qaeda — that many of their decisions actually assisted al Qaeda’s recruiting efforts and prolonged the killing. President George W. Bush played it safe, and chose to gamble his legacy on this event, rather than to make a courageous move, and go after the world’s most wanted terrorist — and it was an utter fiasco.

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And now that the 2012 presidential elections are on the horizon, the GOP, assisted by their propaganda arm Fox News, wants you to believe that they are the party of national security. The party of competence. The party of strength. The party that “protected” America on September 11th, 2001. And that the Democrats, the party that actually focused on Afghanistan rather than Iraq, and put together a plan that KILLED Osama bin Laden… that party doesn’t deserve the credit for their achievements.

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When in fact, the Republican party ignored every warning… They mocked the advice of CIA anti-terrorism expert Richard Clarke, and allowed bin Laden to take 3,000+ innocent souls. The party that politicized terrorism to get themselves re-elected… That let bin Laden slip through their fingers… That secretly dissolved the CIA’s anti-terror group… That stood by and did nothing while al Qaeda rebuilt itself, even as they sacrificed more American men & women in Iraq, in a pointless conflict of their own choosing… That punished a patriot who spoke truth to power, by traitorously exposing his wife’s undercover CIA status… THIS is the party that wants to retake control of the White House next year. The party of for-profit war. The party of corruption. The party of propaganda. The party of gross incompetence. The party of bigotry, of greed, of hypocrisy, of lies, of torture, and yes, of state-sponsored treason.

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Don’t let them. We can’t afford it. The world can’t afford it.