erik lundegaard

Idiots, the Bush Administration, and 9/11

At an outdoor dinner party last night, overlooking Puget Sound, the subject got around to freedom vs. safety, and I mentioned how most people would give up the former for an imagined version of the latter (not a very original thought), and that our reaction to 9/11 was indicative of this (another not very original thought). One of the other guests disagreed. We went back and forth in a genial enough manner. He felt we hadn't given up any freedoms post-9/11. Then he talked about how 9/11 was foreseeable to anyone who was paying attention. We had the following exchange:

He: Anyone who didn't see 9/11 coming was an idiot.
Me: Or in the Bush administration.
He: Don't go there.

At this point I was warned away from the conversation by the hostess. I later found out that the guy I'd been talking to was, like the hostess, a Republican and a Bush supporter. If only I'd known. I would've totally gone there.

Posted at 07:06 AM on Mon. Sep 05, 2011 in category Quote of the Day, Politics  
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Reed wrote:

WTF? Condoleezza herself in countless interviews said “no one could have known.” Apparently this Bushy-backer could have known.

“Don't go there” = I prefer willful ignorance.

Comment posted on Mon. Sep 05, 2011 at 08:29 AM

Joe Day wrote:


Comment posted on Mon. Sep 05, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Mister B wrote:

“Don't go there” also = I'm in favor of revisionist history that lets Bush, Cheney, et al, off the hook for any failures of intelligence pre- and post-9/11 and pre- and post-Iraq invasion.

Ironically (at least as far as this guy was concerned), those people who DID see something like 9/11 happening were treated as idiots by the Bush administration (which I really think should be referred to as the “Cheney administration”).

Comment posted on Fri. Sep 09, 2011 at 12:22 AM

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