The presidential campaign of Jeb Bush is taking on water fast, and it looks like it is going to be difficult for him to save his rapidly sinking ship. Things are getting so desperate that he has called on “he who shall remain nameless,” aka his brother George, to help him. The two appeared with Sean Hannity in an exclusive interview for Fox News, where of course they were tossed the softest of softball questions.
The interview itself is largely meaningless, except for one small segment. There is the obligatory “brotherly love” expressed by the two for each other. There’s the inevitable W. faux pas, when, while talking about presidents, he says “I were one.” And there is the “well, no shit” moment, when W. says that being president is “tough.” But when the conversation turns briefly to 9/11, he makes what seems to be an amazing admission.
The standard claim made by Bush and his cronies over the years was that America was attacked on September 11 because “they hate our freedoms.” In fact, those are the exact words that Bush used in an address to Congress on September 20, 2001:
They hate what they see right here in this chamber: a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other.
That claim has become dogma for many Americans, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. Bin Laden himself, in one of the most ignored documents in history, laid out the reasons for the 9/11 attack. And the first reason he gave? “Because you attacked us, and continue to attack us.” He goes on from there to talk about how the U.S. has supported attacks on Muslims in Palestine, Somalia, India and elsewhere.
So, was George W. Bush confessing that he has been lying about the 9/11 attackers’ motivation when he said this to Hannity?
You know, what troubles me is that the lessons of 9/11 are being forgotten by a lot of people. And that is the human condition elsewhere matters to our national security.
Wow. Did Bush just say that Bin Laden told the truth in his letter, and that we were attacked because of our constant meddling in the affairs of other people? It certainly sounds like it.
The segment of the conversation where Bush appears to admit that he lied about the reasons for 9/11 starts at about the 5:00 mark in the video below, via Fox News.
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