No Accountability

The person in this video clip claiming he is not going to hold anyone accountable for “failures” that resulted in the attacks of 9-11 was awarded the Presidential medal of freedom award and a million dollar book deal.

“President Bush awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor Tuesday to three men central to his Iraq policy, saying they had played “pivotal roles in great events.”

“Tenet left the CIA in July after seven years as director. He has been criticized for intelligence failures before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks and the never-proven prewar allegations that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.”

“Mr. Bush credited him as “one of the first to recognize and address the threat to America from radical networks.” He said that after Sept. 11, Tenet was “ready with a plan to strike back at al Qaeda and to topple the Taliban.”

“This honor goes to three men who have played pivotal roles in great events and whose efforts have made our country more secure and advanced the cause of human liberty,” Mr. Bush said.”
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/12/14/iraq/main660994.shtml

“WASHINGTON, May 16, 2002 — President Bush was expected to sign detailed plans for a worldwide war against al-Qaida two days before Sept. 11 but did not have the chance before the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, U.S. and foreign sources told NBC News.”

“In many respects, the directive, as described to NBC News, outlined essentially the same war plan that the White House, the CIA and the Pentagon put into action after the Sept. 11 attacks. The administration most likely was able to respond so quickly to the attacks because it simply had to pull the plans “off the shelf,” Miklaszewski said.”

“Such directives are top-secret documents that are formally drafted only after they have been approved at the highest levels of the White House, and represent decisions that are to be implemented imminently.”
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4587368/

“He scored a $5 million book deal, making his retirement a bit more comfortable.”
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07126/783175-74.stm

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  1. Staying Classy
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    “Almost 10 years later, the now former president declined an invitation from President Barack Obama to attend a somber remembrance Thursday at New York’s ground zero to mark the killing by U.S. forces of Osama bin Laden.”

    “Bush’s decision is consistent with his desire to keep a low profile.”

    “He’s made the real decision not to enter into politics or the public eye,” former first lady Laura Bush told The Associated Press on Thursday after appearing at a Dallas elementary school to announce grants from her foundation to school libraries.
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_bush_low_profile

    That’s odd, I seem to remember him wanting the spotlight when he was trying to get your money……..

    “With Book, Bush Is Back in Spotlight”

    “George W. Bush will end a self-imposed silence about his presidency in an NBC prime-time special on Monday, the eve of the release of his memoir, “Decision Points.” That the interviewer will be Matt Lauer, the co-host of the “Today” show, reveals calculations by Mr. Bush and his advisers, as well as a campaign by NBC.”

    “But critics of Mr. Bush — and there are many, with polls showing that most Americans still hold an unfavorable view of him — who would like to see a televised confrontation over issues like the Iraq war may come away disappointed. The tone of the prime-time special is conversational, not prosecutorial, and for that reason, “Lauer/Bush” is not likely to join “Frost/Nixon” in the public imagination.”

    “To get the first shot at the Bush interview, each major television network pieced together its best proposal — a “package,” Mr. Drake said — and at least one other offered a prime-time special like NBC’s. He declined to share specifics, but said “it was a close decision.”

    “The NBC interview is the start of a book tour like almost no other. Mr. Bush will sit down with Oprah Winfrey and Rush Limbaugh, as well as with all three prime-time hosts on the Fox News Channel this week. There will be print interviews, too, but the only one announced so far is with AARP The Magazine.”

    “After the prime-time hour, called “Decision Points” like the book, Mr. Bush will return to NBC on Wednesday for a live interview on “Today,” in part to react to the initial interviews. Later, NBC’s cable arm, MSNBC, will both repeat the prime-time special with Mr. Lauer and show an additional hour of interview excerpts. Asked if that crossed the line into outright book promotion, Mr. Capus said: “That’s not our role. We’re there to do a journalistic interview.”

    “Each Bush interviewer gets a special bite of the apple this week and next. Ms. Winfrey, whose taped interview will be shown Tuesday, visited Mr. Bush’s parents in Kennebunkport, Me. Mr. Limbaugh will have the first live interview with Mr. Bush around noon on Tuesday. Sean Hannity will interview Mr. Bush on the radio Tuesday afternoon and on television Tuesday night.”

    “Of the other Fox hosts, Bill O’Reilly’s turn is Thursday and Greta Van Susteren’s is Friday. Ms. Van Susteren is the only interviewer to visit Mr. Bush’s archives at Southern Methodist University.”

    “Later on, there will be interviews on “CBS Sunday Morning,” with his wife Laura; on CNN in prime time, with his brother Jeb; on “Fox & Friends”; and, on Nov. 18, on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” Even last week’s release of Bush interview excerpts by NBC and by “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was tightly controlled to whet the appetite of book buyers.”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/business/media/08nbc.html?pagewanted

    What was the reason Bush couldn’t attend the 9-11 remembrance?…….Oh right…..

    “But his spokesman said later in the week that while the former president appreciated the offer to attend the ground zero event, he chooses to remain out of the spotlight in his post-presidency.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_bush_low_profile

    “With Book, Bush Is Back in Spotlight”
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/business/media/08nbc.html?pagewanted

    “appreciated the offer to attend the ground zero event, he chooses to remain out of the spotlight in his post-presidency.”
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_bush_low_profile

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