A newly released memo warned the White House at the start of the Bush administration that al Qaeda represented a threat throughout the Islamic world, a warning that critics said went unheeded by President Bush until the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The memo dated Jan. 25, 2001 -- five days after Bush took office -- was an essential feature of last year's hearings into intelligence failures before the attacks on New York and Washington. A copy of the document was posted on the National Security Archive Web site on Thursday. The memo, from former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice, had been described during the hearings but its full contents had not been disclosed.
Suppose this document had been released before the elections.
[The memo] recommended that the new administration urgently discuss the al Qaeda network, including the magnitude of the threat it posed and strategy for dealing with it.
The meeting on al Qaeda requested by Clarke did not take place until Sept. 4, 2001.
A little late, don't you think?
This article was picked up by Smirking Chimp and a commenter on the message board had this to say:
Not that we needed it, but this, the news yesterday about the 52 warnings to the FAA, and the news about N. Korea building nukes in response to Bush's insane bellicosity should have Americans marching in the streets demanding this entire administration be disbanded and tried. This is obscene.
They smeared Clarke viciously, and O'Neill, among others, called them liars. Clearly the potential to prevent 9/11 was in fact there, and Bush blew it. Rice is a liar, period. And it is obvious they kept this information from coming out until after the election.
We cannot stand for this administration's shenanigans any longer. They are incompetent, deadly, lying powermongers. Enough is enough. We need to start a campaign to have Bush AND Cheney impeached and Rice removed.