It is amusing that, thanks to Donald Trump pointing out the obvious fact that 9/11 happened on GWB’s watch, Republicans appear to be arguing over whether Bush was president or not on September 11, 2001. It does seem, every time a GOP candidate talks about how “safe” Bush kept us from terrorists, they always seem to forget 9/11, the worst attack on American soil. (And not to mention quite a few other attacks on and off American soil as well.)
But CNN’s Jake Tapper hit Jeb Bush with an unassailable point — Jeb and other Republicans absolve Bush of responsibility for 9/11 while at the same time blaming Obama and Hillary for Benghazi… and practically everything else that happens on the planet.
They also seem to forget that, when it comes to lack of security for Benghazi, it was the Republicans who cut the budgets for embassy security.
And speaking of GWB, 13 embassy attacks happened on his watch, and not once did we get bogged down with endless congressional witch hunts.
“Obviously al Qaeda was responsible for the terrorist attacks of 9/11,” the CNN host pressed. “But how do you respond to critics who ask if your brother and his administration bear no responsibility at all, how do you then make the jump that President Obama and Secretary Clinton are responsible for what happened at Benghazi?”
Bush stammered in response: “Well, I — the question on Benghazi, which we will now finally get the truth to, is was the place secure? They had a responsibility at the Department of State to have proper security.”
“And how was the response in the aftermath of the attack?” he continued. “Was there a chance that these four American lives could have been saved? That’s what the investigation is about, it’s not a political issue… Were we doing the job of protecting our embassies and our consulates, and during the period, those hours after the attacks started, could they have been saved?”
“That’s kind of proving the point of the critics,” Tapper noted. “You don’t want you brother to bear responsibility for 9/11 — and I understand that argument and al Qaeda is responsible — but why are the terrorists not the ones that are responsible for these attacks in Libya?”