Peggy Noonan Says, "At Least Bush Kept Us Safe" - Hey! Where Did the Twin Towers Go?
" I think if you keep saying it, you might believe it.
Has everyone forgotten that when Bush was elected we had two very tall twin towers in New York that no longer exists! What kind of bumbling blow hard could ever say, "At least Bush kept us safe" with a straight face.
Especially when you picture him sitting there reading children's books even while knowing the attacks were happening.
Not only did 9/11 happen under his watch, he completely bumbled the after-strikes.
It is widely believed we had Bin Laden at Tora Bora, but the sudden shift in focus back to Iraq, which had nothing to do with September 11, 2001, allowed him to escape, and eventually to regroup along the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and everything to do with securing a strategic position in the middle of oil country.
Now, Afghanistan and Iraq, both, are infected, bubbling, boiling, blisters on the backside of America.
Here is the question of the day: Do you think that if broccoli was the number one export of Iraq that we would have over 100,000 American troops there today? Just picture your average Republican with a long brown haired wig, and a blue and white checkered farm dress, and red, ruby slippers, tapping his heels together and screaming at the top of his lungs..
"At least Bush kept us safe," "At least Bush kept us safe," "At least Bush kept us safe!"
Petty Noonan - Back to the Christmas gathering.
There was no grousing about John McCain, and considerable grousing about the Bush administration, but it was almost always followed by one sentence, and this is more or less what it was: "But he kept us safe.
" In the seven years since 9/11, there were no further attacks on American soil.
This is an argument that's been around for a while but is newly re-emerging as the final argument for Mr.
Bush: the one big thing he had to do after 9/11, the single thing he absolutely had to do, was keep it from happening again.
And so far he has.
It is unknown, and perhaps can't be known, whether this was fully due to the government's efforts, or the luck of the draw, or a combination of luck and effort.
And it not only can't be fully known by the public, it can hardly be fully known by the players at all levels of government.
They can't know, for instance, of a potential terrorist cell that didn't come together because of their efforts.