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Wag the dog? Tom Ridge says GWB exaggerated terrorist threats to win the 2004 election.

Original post made by Tom, Downtown North, on Aug 22, 2009

Tom Ridge was the Secretary of Homeland Security under George W. Bush. He says that Bush cronies John Ashcroft and Don Rumsfeld attempted to escalate the national security threat level ahead of the 2004 election for political gain.

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"I should have known better," wrote Ridge, calling the incident one of his few regrets related to his time in public service.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2009 at 11:57 am

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Another Bush error - The Department of Homeland Security. This act, akin to the Obama Czars, interposes another layer in the C&C.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

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How do you evaluate a threat? What was the threat evaluation 9/10/00?


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Ridge must be angling for a job with the UN or the Council on Foreign Relations.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Tom Ridge was widely expected to be John McCain's pick for Vice President. I wonder how the election would have gone if that happened?


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Posted by I am not surprised
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Is anyone really surprised by this, given how the Bush/Cheney clique manipulated the events of 9/11 for their benefit? Is any shocked that the Bush/Cheney clique played politics with the innocents that dies on 9/11?


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm

"How do you evaluate a threat?"

Depends - how close is the election?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

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Played politics? Not sup, you can't get away with a throwaway line like that while I am still on line and acceptable to the blogmasters.
What would you have had him do, scrape up the terrorist ashes and return them with a guard of honor? I will admit to some disconcert with his reaction - every nation where 9/11 was celebrated should have had their embassies closed and their citizens expelled and all aid terminated. I would also challenge the censorship of the pictures of the jumpers. It should never be better to be an enemy of the US than to be a friend. Bush was too damn nice.


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Posted by Perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 22, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Walter, agree 100%. Hope that doesn't hurt your standing!


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 23, 2009 at 11:49 am

"What was the threat evaluation 9/10/00?"

If you meant to say 9/10/01, it was "fat, dumb, and happy." As we all know, Bush and the NSC blew off intel warnings of an impending attack while Bush enjoyed one of his many vacations. ON that particular day, Bush was practicing reading "A Pet Goat."


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 23, 2009 at 8:18 pm

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Paul, I specifically wrote 9/10/00. What was the difference between Clinton's last and Bush's first? As for the goat, give him [her?] a rest. It takes a finite time to establish the nature of the threat and chose a departure route.


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