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