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"You've Covered Your Ass, Now"

Via Andrew Sullivan, from a Washington Post review of the new book The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11:

The book's opening anecdote tells of an unnamed CIA briefer who flew to Bush's Texas ranch during the scary summer of 2001, amid a flurry of reports of a pending al-Qaeda attack, to call the president's attention personally to the now-famous Aug. 6, 2001, memo titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US." Bush reportedly heard the briefer out and replied: "All right. You've covered your ass, now."
It's beyond me that some Americans can still believe that President Bush is the right person to protect our country from threats. Most of the evidence I've seen suggests that, prior to 9/11, he couldn't be bothered with Al Qaeda. After 9/11, and after a well-advised, widely supported, but cheapskate invasion of Afghanistan, his major effort has been to go to war with Iraq on false pretenses.

Supporters of the war point to the terror in Iraq as evidence of a connection between Iraq and 9/11, but this is an ex post facto claim: terrorists flocked to Iraq after the invasion, not before. And does anyone seriously believe we're reducing their numbers? We're living out a lame Doritos commercial. "Crunch all you want," the terrorists say. "We'll make more."

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