If we look back in history, we could easily make the same claim about President Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat who was at the helm when Pearl Harbor was attacked. Of course, those on the Left would say in his defense, Wait, how could he possibly know? How could he anticipate such an event? Well, the same applies to George W. Bush. An unprovoked attack in both cases was unthinkable at the time but so easily Monday-morning-quarterbacked in hindsight. Certainly our military has plans in place for many scenarios that never become reality (and thank God they don't), but it is not possible for any governmental body to anticipate every possibility; thus, pragmatism dictates that the more likely threats be addressed. Sadly, today it goes without saying that a threat similar to the one which occurred on 9-11 is not so unimaginable.
Still, such a claim creates controversy and is difficult to defend, which is exactly why the Hillary Camp is looking to use it. For one thing, the claim contains the tacit premise that Mr. Bush had explicit knowledge that the USA would be attacked and did nothing to avert it. The claim also intimates that since Obama and the Democrats have taken over we are safer than ever from any terrorist attacks. Further, it implies that by electing Hillary president, we can continue to bask in that safety. What a lie, and what a laughable joke! It is simply a cheap shot employed by this train-wreck of a woman to get a leg up on a scandal-hobbled campaign. As we have explored in the past, Ms. Clinton has no record of accomplishment on which to establish her campaign, so she has to tear down others to make herself look good in comparison.
Someone who has been touted as the smartest woman in the world should know better. She should also know that a large portion of Americans know better than to believe such a baseless claim. But, in typical fashion, Hillary is still pandering to the low-information voter who stumbles about blindly believing everything that welfare-benefit Democrats utter with regard to conservatives. Nevertheless, this behavior just might make it a bit tough for Hillary to copy Bill Clinton’s shift-to-center move later in the campaign when she desperately needs to attract on-the-fence voters. For now, Hillary’s biggest concern is getting her poll numbers back up above Bernie Sanders’ and keeping her lead right up to the Democrat Convention. If she can recoup her losses, then Joe Biden won’t need to get into the race to simply provide a distraction that hopefully splinters more votes from Bernie Sanders than it does from Hillary.
Hillary has any number of issues bogging down her campaign, from her mishandling of Benghazi, to using a private server for government business, to her involvement with the Clinton Foundation during her tenure as Secretary of State. The claim that President Bush failed to keep us safe is nothing more than an attempt to distract us from the drip-drip-drip of her ongoing troubles. The truth is the USA today is not safer than it was prior to 9-11. Certainly we have raised the visuals with increased security measures at airports that include numerous TSA personnel and new body and luggage imaging devices. Such measures give many a feeling of security, but in truth the depth of that security is a bit shallow—more window dressing than substance. TSA will shake down a little ol’ granny to no end but allow five people in Muslim garb to walk right through just to avoid the accusation of profiling—something that is ridiculous in light of what happened on 9-11. In addition, few people stop to consider just who is working on the aircraft down below the gated security area. In today’s politically correct environment, airline companies are not turning away employees because of their religious affiliation or their country of origin—too many problems with the government in doing that. So, until Abdul the Mechanic plants a bomb on a passenger plane, nothing preemptive will be done. Ms. Clinton wants you to ignore the fact that political correctness has run amok and Americans will get killed sooner or later. She just wants you to agree with her; she needs your vote and will say and do whatever it takes to get it.
Jeb Bush recently stepped forward to defend his brother’s actions during the 9-11 tragedy and consequently was drawn into the controversy and into the spotlight. This must have warmed the cockles of Heartless Hillary since her claim went unchallenged by the media and opened the door to potential candidates having to defend or attack former President Bush. Here we are 14 years beyond 9-11 and the tragedy has become a subject of dirty politics for the Left. Try making the same claim about Franklin Roosevelt over 70 years after the fact and watch those on the Left bristle!
If we are truly to be safe from future tragedies like 9-11, we are going to have quit listening to Hillary Clinton taking potshots at Bush 14 years after the fact. We must also stop letting political correctness dictate our actions and policies. And finally, because the Smartest Woman in the World has chosen to make our safety an issue, is it fair to ask just how safe she kept Ambassador Stevens?
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