It is amazing that any one could take Rudy Giuliani seriously after repeating the Bush line in the last debate that the terrorists attacked us because they hate us for our freedoms, totally ignoring all the geopolitical factors which led to the conflict. Anyone who looks at terrorism in such a simplistic way is not fit to manage our national security, as we’ve seen under George Bush. Rudy Giuliani, like George Bush, has tried to cover his incompetence by taking credit for accomplishments post 9/11 which he does not deserve. There have already been reports about Giuliani’s failings, including criticism by the firefighters. The New York Times reports criticism from Jerome M. Hauer, New York City’s first emergency management director:
In recent days, Mr. Hauer has challenged Mr. Giuliani’s recollection that he had little role as mayor in placing the city’s emergency command center at the ill-fated World Trade Center.
Mr. Hauer has also disputed the claim by the Giuliani campaign that the mayor’s wife, Judith Giuliani, had coordinated a help center for families after the attack.
And he has contradicted Mr. Giuliani’s assertions that the city’s emergency response was well coordinated that day, a point he made most notably to the authors of “Grand Illusion,” a book that depicts Mr. Giuliani’s antiterrorism efforts as deeply flawed.