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Tom Ridge Comes Clean

Former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is now saying that he felt pressured by others in the Bush Administration to raise the nation's terrorism threat level on the eve on the 2004 Presidential Election.  The only thing I find surprising about this is that anybody could be surprised by it.  The worst kept secret in America during the seven years four months between 9/11 and the end of George W. Bush's Presidency, was that the Bush Administration used fear of another terrorist attack as a political tool....

But good for Ridge for finally speaking out. 


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Aug. 21st, 2009 01:40 pm (UTC)
I saw this last night on CNN and was amazed that he came out with it. I can't wait to see what kind of spin Fox puts on this one.
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
They'll savage him, as they do all apostates to far-right doctrine.
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately it's virtually unproveable. I doubt he got anything in writing on the subject. But I am really glad he spoke up. The loudest Republican mouth pieces will be quick to try and discredit him one way or another, but at least we got a little honesty.
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Agreed. The only evidence we have are the repeated examples of the Bushies exploiting terrorism fears for political gain. Keith Olbermann on MSNBC has documented them repeatedly and apparently will do so again tonight.
Aug. 21st, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
The right has already begun to spin this. However, there is a problem. Either they popped the alerts for political reasons (Anyone recall all the "Wag the Dog" comments around Lewinsky and wonder if that restricted us going after Bin Laden?) OR they did it even though the threat was non-existent and Bin laden had Cheney hiding in an under ground bunker scared to death and anytime AQ squeaked...he jumped.

Which is worse? And what else did we do out of fear and cowardice? The hit squads come to mind...

BTW: Olbermann is supposed to run (tonight) an updated version where he goes through several of the 'terror' wanrings and compares them to what was happening politically at the time. People can judge for themselves, but considering the lack of warnings at other times and then, all of a sudden, you get one right when the WH needed it the most. Most convenient...
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
>>And what else did we do out of fear and cowardice?<<

Well, we invaded Iraq.....

Olbermann's segments on this have been absolutely brilliant. I'll be glad to see him run through the instances again.

Edited at 2009-08-21 04:19 pm (UTC)
Aug. 21st, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Check out the NY Times story on this: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/us/21ridge.html?_r=1

He has no evidence, lots of people who contradict him, and he even contradicted himself in earlier interviews. It is a small press trying to build hype for book sales.
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
I suppose we'll see how it plays out. But being contradicted by Rummy's spokeman and Bush's National Security Advisor hardly strikes me as damning. What would you expect them to say? Much more striking is the fact that Ridge would come out and say this despite still harboring political ambitions of his own. Yes, it will boost his sales (and I will admit that we writers will do almost anything to sell a book ;)), but for a guy who still wants to be a player in the party he had much more to gain by keeping quiet. I don't see that he has any reason to lie about this.
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
True. I guess we will see if any collaboration comes to light.
Aug. 21st, 2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
In the meantime, I hope I sell more books than he does.....
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