A letter I sent to the Atlanta Urinal-Constipation. Let’s see if it gets printed…
Even aside from Richard Clarke’s damaging charges against the Bush administration, even aside from Condi Rice’s fear of testifying under oath, I find one pertinent fact that troubles me a great deal.
Everyone agrees that the summer of 2001 saw a level of terrorist “chatter” of unprecedented levels, strongly indicating that a catastrophic attack was in the making. Indeed, President Bush himself received a page-and-a-half briefing on August 6, 2001, “advising him that Osama bin Laden was capable of a major strike against the US, and that the plot could include the hijacking of an American airplane.”
So what was Bush’s response? He went on vacation. He took August off. He took the longest presidential vacation in HISTORY.
This is the man who now claims to have been at battle stations like Clinton had been during the (foiled) Millenium attacks? This is the “war president” who claims he took the terrorist threat seriously?
Bush has been on vacation a long time. A vacation from reason and responsibility.