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Bush administration was caught off-guard on 9/11 — but not on the anniversaries of 9/11

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney says the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 was “a failure of leadership” on the part of the Obama administration, especially since it was the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

“They should have been ready before anything ever happened,” Cheney said of the Obama team. “When we were there, on our watch, we were always ready on 9/11, on the anniversary.”

Steve Benen RESPONDS:

Yes, “on the anniversary” is an instant Cheney classic, because on their watch, they certainly weren’t ready “on 9/11″ itself.

George W. Bush received an intelligence briefing on Aug. 6, 2001, at which he was handed a memo with an important headline: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” Bush, however, was on a month-long vacation at the time. He heard the briefer out and replied, “All right. You’ve covered your ass, now.” A month later, al Qaeda killed 3,000 people.

“On the anniversary,” however, Cheney wants us to know they were ready, presumably everywhere, for everything.

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  1. Steverino

    Cheney needs another change of heart. What a bitter and resentful person.

  2. Neftali

    The more I read Benen, the more I think the guy’s an idiot.

    How in the world were we “arguably less likely to face a violent attack” in Libya as Benen claims? That’s one of the dumbest things he’s ever written. Has he even been following the Arab Spring events? The uprisings in Tunisia, Cairo, and numerous other places in the Middle East? Is he even aware of the Battle of Tripoli in 2011? Or the overthrow and killing of Muammar Gaddafi? And Benen thinks we are less likely to face a violent attack? What a moron!!! The Capitol Hill Daily has just as much credibility as this guy.

    The Benghazi hearings are going on today. The more information that comes out, the worse it is getting for the liberals. It now appears their was an orchestrated effort to not only dismiss calls for help from our personnel in the area, but also an effort to at first deflect, then dismiss the incident from the White House Administration.

  3. Robert

    “It now appears their was an orchestrated effort to not only dismiss calls for help from our personnel in the area, but also an effort to at first deflect, then dismiss the incident from the White House Administration.”

    I could swear the same could be said about the events leading up to 911.

  4. Brian Opsahl

    Dick Cheney is one of the most evil persons of leadership in our country….ask over 110,000 Iraqs

  5. Somewhere there is a pig with a missing heart.

    I suppose the taxpayers paid for that transplant. Why? So he could keep all of his il-gotten money.

  6. Brian Opsahl

    They call him Darth Vader for a reasonand he has earned it…!!!!

  7. Cheney was ready on 9/11 at an undisclosed bunker looking for his meds and Halliburton stock certificates.

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