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To the contrary, Rudy

Posted by Thomas Nephew on April 25th, 2007

Giuliani warns of ‘new 9/11’ if Dems win (Roger Simon, “Politico”):

Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.

Atrios rephrases:

Unless Rudy and the Republicans run the government, 9/11 could happen.

Oh, wait…

Lest we forget, in the summer of 2001 CIA people were running around with their hair on fire, famously warning “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” But they didn’t just produce a memo, they went directly to Crawford, Texas to brief a vacationing GOP president on their concerns. From the preface to Ron Suskind’s book “The One Percent Doctrine” (2006):

He’s not much of a reader, this President, and never has been… He’s not a President who sees much value in hearing from a wide array of voices — he has made that clear… He may not have had a great deal of experience, especially in foreign affairs, before arriving the job, but — because of his trust in [his] interpretive abilities — he doesn’t view that as a deficit.

The trap, of course, is that [sometimes the] thing to focus on, at certain moments, is whatwho is saying it, or how they’re saying it. someone says, not

And, at an eyeball-to-eyeball intelligence briefing during this urgent summer, George W. Bush seems to have made the wrong choice.

He looked hard at the panicked CIA briefer.

“All right,” he said. “You’ve covered your ass, now.”

These people have no business lecturing anyone about how to tie their shoes, let alone about national security. The GOP nominated and then installed a lazy, stupid figurehead to handle the national affairs of 300 million people, and it was always clear we’d just have to hope we’d somehow muddle through with the moron. Sadly, our luck ran out on 9/11.

When the real world rears its head — whether it’s Osama, or Katrina, or global warming — it’s not attitude, it’s not connections, it’s not ideology, faith, or fear-mongering that matters. It’s intelligence, competence, and honor. But judging by the way both Bush and Giuliani seem to be among the sorry “best” the GOP has to offer, there’s just not much of that to be found in a feckless, worthless, corrupt Republican Party.

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UPDATE, 4/26: Steve Benen (“The Carpetbagger Report”) grades Democratic responses, giving highest marks to Howard Dean and the Democratic National Committee. You can join the DNC and send your own response to the Giuliani campaign. Mine:

Dear Mr. Giuliani,

If Bush weren’t such a colossal screwup, we wouldn’t even need to be talking about 9/11. But lucky for you he was — that sure bailed out *your* political career. Never mind about the apology, I know it isn’t in you.

Contemptuously, etcetera etcetera

UPDATE, 4/27: Roy Edroso (“alicublog”) provides one-stop debunking of Giuliani’s tenure as mayor of NYC — including his 9/11 glory days. Follow every link; then blogroll or bookmark Edroso, if you haven’t already. He’s one of the best (and funniest) bloggers out there.

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