Is Bush preparing for the inevitable? – A new 9/11 investigation…
The preface I have offered below is from the Complete 9/11 Timeline at History Commons.
So what did the Commander in Chief do with the knowledge that the United States was under attack?
He did nothing.
Bush did not say one word. He did not ask Card any questions. He did not give any orders. He did not know who (or which country) was attacking, whether there would be more attacks, what military plans had been taken, what military actions should be taken—indeed, he knew virtually nothing about what was going on outside the room. He just sat there. Bush later recalled: “There was no time for discussion or anything.” [Fighting Back: The War on Terrorism—From Inside the Bush White House, by Bill Sammon, 10/02, pp. 83-84] Even stranger, as one newspaper put it, although the nation was under terrorist attack, “for some reason, Secret Service agents [did] not bustle him away.” [Globe and Mail, 9/12/01]
Military pilots must have “permission from the White House because only the president has the authority to order a civilian aircraft shot down.” [CNN, 10/26/99] But if retaliatory strikes needed to the authorized, Bush was not available. If one of the planes had to be shot down to save more lives on the ground, Bush was not available. Although several fighters had been dispatched to defend New York City, the pilot of one of the planes flying to catch Flight 175 later noted that it wouldn’t have mattered if he caught up with it, because only Bush could order a shootdown, and Bush could not be reached in the classroom. [Cape Cod Times, 8/21/02]
source: Raw Story Oct 29, 2010
The first details about former President George W. Bush’s new book have begun to leak out.
According to a report at Matt Drudge’s website, The Drudge Report, the new book Decision Points talks about topics including alcoholism, his order to shoot down planes on 9/11, Katrina and the financial crisis.
According to Drudge, the book begins, “It was a simple question, ‘Can you remember the last day you didn’t have a drink?'”
The book also discusses the events of Sept. 11, 2001. That morning, Bush says he made the order to shoot down hijacked planes.
At 10:03 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, United Flight 93 slammed into an empty field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Most believe it was brought down when passengers tried to overtake the hijackers.
Bush writes that at first he believed Flight 93 had been shot down by the US military, according to Drudge’s filing.
Time and time again, Bush returned to his faith to help govern, the book allegedly says. Bush described his struggle with deciding how to handle the stem cell ban after receiving a letter from Nancy Reagan describing a “wrenching family journey,” according to the report.
“I did feel a responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life,” Bush purportedly wrote.
The former president also talks about a July 2001 meeting with Pope John Paul II where he prayed for ABC News’ Peter Jennings, who was struggling with cancer at the time. Jennings later died.
Bush is planning a media tour to promote Decision Points. An interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer is set to air Nov. 8., and an interview with Oprah Winfrey will be broadcast Nov. 9.
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