Republicans Rewrite History While Blaming Obama For Attempted Terrorist Attack

As the Republicans try to twist the facts to blame Obama for the attempted bombing on Christmas, Mike Allen notes how the Republicans also tried to blame a Democrat for the major terror attack which occurred on the first year of their watch:

The GOP is blaming Obama for the attack. But Republican lawmakers, candidates, pundits and commentators — and the Bush administration — blamed the CLINTON administration for 9/11. In September 2006, Secretary of State Rice told the New York Post editorial board, “Nobody organized this country or the international community to fight the terrorist threat that was upon us until 9/11. … We just weren’t organized as a country either domestically or as a leader internationally. But what we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton Administration did in the preceding years…We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda.” … Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a few hours after the attacks: “We had Bill Clinton backing off, letting the Taliban go, over and over again.” … Then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.), later CIA director, in The New York Times, 10/22/01: “[T]he fact is that the Clinton administration was not very interested in our intelligence community, did not spend very much time worrying about, or using it, or investing in it. … It’s impossible not to go there if you really do an anatomy of why we are where we are today.”

The difference is that, as his column also notes, Obama has been paying greater attention to threats from Yemen and other areas. Rice was lying, as I’ve written before, when she denied the fact that the Clinton administration had passed on plans for dealing with al Qaeda which the Bush administration ignored. Documents obtained from the National Security Archive showed that such statements from Rice were untrue. The documents include a January 25, 2001, memo from counterterrorism coordinator Richard Clarke to national security advisor Condoleezza Rice and “Tab A December 2000 Paper: Strategy for Eliminating the Threat from the Jihadist Networks of al-Qida: Status and Prospects,”

The claims about Clinton are also false. It was the Clinton administration which paid attention to the intelligence on the planned Millennium terrorist attack and prevented it, while the Bush administration ignored warnings before 9/11. The Republican Congress also blocked attempts by Bill Clinton to fight al Qaeda. Bill Clinton discussed his record on terrorism in an interview on Fox News Sunday on September 22, 2006. Full transcript is here.

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