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The post has to do with 9/11 and not Katrina or the other issues you brought up. The point is basic. The day Bush took the oath of office, had Clinton done the most fundamental job of President (commander-in-chief) there would no longer be any need for a bin Laden unit in the CIA. And we are not talking about one lucky shot. We are talking about at least 8 certain chances of capture or kill. The issue is what would each of the current (or projected) list of Presidential candidates have done in the same situation? There will be one issue that will be paramount on people's minds in 2008 in the U.S. and before any discussion begins what will the candidate do to make sure there are no more 9/11's.
by Private on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 11:33:04 PM EST
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And you're missing other people's basic point -- that Bush, not Clinton, was at fault.  You are basically opining that Clinton did not break the law and assassinate someone.  It's been pointed out to you on this thread that people here don't support the notion that a president should break the law.  It's also been stated repeatedly that the Bush administration did not take terrorism seriously, something you keep denying in order to stay on your "blame Clinton" storyline.

Pre-9/11, the Bush administration was focused on funneling money to their cronies via "missle defense," a.k.a Star Wars, the largely discredited Reagan-era money-sink.  I'll provide another link, in addition to the previous ones you've ignored.

Top Focus Before 9/11 Wasn't on Terrorism

On Sept. 11, 2001, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice was scheduled to outline a Bush administration policy that would address "the threats and problems of today and the day after, not the world of yesterday" -- but the focus was largely on missile defense, not terrorism from Islamic radicals.

(...)The speech was postponed in the chaos of the day, part of which Rice spent in a bunker. It mentioned terrorism, but did so in the context used in other Bush administration speeches in early 2001: as one of the dangers from rogue nations, such as Iraq, that might use weapons of terror, rather than from the cells of extremists now considered the main security threat to the United States.

The text also implicitly challenged the Clinton administration's policy, saying it did not do enough about the real threat -- long-range missiles.

(...)The text of Rice's Sept. 11 speech, which was never delivered, broadly reflects Bush administration foreign policy pronouncements during the eight months leading to the attacks, according to a review of speeches, news conferences and media appearances.



Maybe we can eventually make language a complete impediment to understanding. -Hobbes
by Izzy (izzy at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Jun 20th, 2007 at 11:57:19 PM EST
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That's what you think the issue is. And I'm sorry, but you're just sadly deluded. The polls bear out that the main issue of concern for the US is getting the hell out of Iraq. Health care comes in next, then Illegal immigration. Finally, we get to 'terrorism'. Sorry you don't get that yet, keep watching the polls, especially that question "what's the most important issue to you?"

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Neil Newhouse (R). June 8-11, 2007. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1.

"Let me list some issues that have been proposed for the federal government to address. Please tell me which one of these items you think should be the top priority for the federal government. [See below.]" If more than one: "Well, if you had to choose just one, which do you think should be the top priority?"

 The war in Iraq 34  
 Health care 15  
 Illegal immigration 12  
 Terrorism 12  
 Job creation and economic growth 8  
 Energy and the cost of gas 6  
 The environment and global warming 6  
 Reducing the federal budget deficit 4  
 All equally (vol.) 3

Here's another in case that first was too complicated:
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CBS News/New York Times Poll. May 18-23, 2007. N=1,125 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

"What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today?" Open-ended

 War in Iraq
 31  
 Economy/Jobs
 8  
 Gas/Heating oil crisis
 7  
 Immigration
 7  
 Health care
 5  
 Terrorism (general)
 3  
 President Bush
 3  
 Environment
 3  
 Moral values/Family values
 3  
 Poverty/Homelessness
 3  
 Foreign policy
 3  
 Other
 19  
 Unsure

Here's another:

Gallup Poll. April 23-26, 2007. N=1,007 adults nationwide, drawn from Gallup's household panel, which was originally recruited through random selection methods. MoE ± 4.

"In your view, what one or two issues should be the top priorities for the President and Congress to deal with at this time?" Open-ended. Multiple responses accepted.

 Situation in Iraq/War 66    
 Poor health care/Cost of health care 20    
 Economy in general 14    
 Immigration/Illegal aliens 14    
 Fuel/Oil prices/Energy crisis 7    
 Environment/Pollution 5    
 National security 4    
 Education/Poor education/Access to educ. 4    
 Terrorism 4    
 Federal deficit/Federal debt 3    
 Social Security 3    
 Other 22    
 Unsure 1    

Furthermore, I think the Bush's obvious failure to prepare for another terrorist attack is driving whatever concerns remain about terrorism. The problem, in short, isn't what's happened. That's done. That was fucked up while Bush was president. What you really should be worried about is how much MORE dangerous Bush's actions have actually made the world--from 9/11 onward. And how much MORE vulnerable the rest of the world is as a result of the disastrous occupation of Iraq (where we've created the world's first continously non-stop disintegrating nation state devoted almost entirely to intercine warfare and terrorists training)  and the screwed up adventure in Afghanistan (where I hear the poppy crop is most excellent this year).

by delicatemonster (delicatemons@delicatemonster.com) on Thu Jun 21st, 2007 at 12:39:48 AM EST
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