February 19, 2002 and the Bush Cover-up

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

(1) February 19, 2002

Rewind to that date. This was only 5 months after 9/11/01. The United States had barely begun its invasion of Afghanistan. This was loooong before the Bush White House starting rolling out (and marketing) its new "product" — the Iraq War.

According to Bob Graham, he ran into a very dejected General Tommy Franks on that date. Sen. Graham asked Franks about Afghanistan. Franks responded:

"Senator, we are not engaged in a war in Afghanistan.”

”Excuse me?” I asked.

”Military and intelligence personnel are being redeployed to prepare for an action in Iraq,” he continued.

Not only that, but other resources — such as the Predator Drone (which was SUPPOSED to look for bin Laden) — was being diverted to Iraq.

Yeah, it was faulty intelligence that made Bush go into Iraq.

(2) Bush Cover-up

According to Graham, two of the 9/11 hijackers had a support network in the U.S. which included agents of the Saudi government. The details of this financial connection was within in the 27 pages of the congressional inquiry’s final report that were heavily redacted by Bush (to the consternation of many). Some of it has been mentioned before, but perhaps Graham’s new book (written about here) might remind us just how much Bush is beholden to Saudi Arabia at the expense of national security.