A new Zogby International poll reveals that 42% of Democrats believe George W. Bush either caused 9/11 or knew about it beforehand and let it happen.
Let's briefly summarize the mental contortions required to come to this conclusion.
* First, you'd have to believe that the U.S. Government -- seemingly incapable of keeping even mundane national security programs off the front page of the New York Times -- orchestrated a hermetically sealed coverup of epic proportions.
And that the silence around the operation, which must have involved hundreds or thousands of Government insiders, continues to this day.
* Second, you'd have to believe that Sandy Berger's destruction of classified 9/11 documents was unrelated to the Clinton administration's ignorance of and incompetence at deterring terrorists. Bill Clinton's National Security Advisor absconded with a variety of classified documents, the full inventory of which will never be known. Berger had access to National Security Council (NSC) numbered documents, printed copies of e-mails, and staff member office files (SMOFs). The SMOFs contain working papers of NSC staff members and their content is not inventoried by the Archives at the document level. The SMOFs given to Berger during his first two visits contained only original documents.
CNN reports that the Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee stated, "There is absolutely no way to determine if Berger [destroyed]... original documents. Consequently, there is no way to ever know if the 9/11 Commission received all required materials."
Thus, to believe that the Bush administration knew about the 9/11 attacks ahead of time, the Troofer Cadre must pretend that a real and admitted Clinton administration coverup never occurred. Assume, for a moment, that Condoleeza Rice -- and not Sandy Berger -- had destroyed the 9/11 documents. The resulting firestorm of press coverage would have been staggering -- and made Watergate look like a campfire.
* Third, you'd have to ignore Usama bin Laden's self-proclaimed involvement with 9/11 and his assertion that the attacks caught the United States completely by surprise. In effect, you'd have to believe that bin Laden lied and people died -- all to benefit the Bush administration.
Bin Laden videotape from November 1, 2004:
|...we know that freedom-haters don't possess defiant spirits like those of the 19 [9/11 hijackers] – may Allah have mercy on them...|
...I say to you, Allah knows that it had never occurred to us to strike the towers. But after it became unbearable and we witnessed the oppression and tyranny of the American/Israeli coalition against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, it came to my mind...
...we... agreed with the Commander-General Muhammad Ataa, Allah have mercy on him, that all the operations should be carried out within twenty minutes, before Bush and his administration notice...
Bin Laden videotape from September 7, 2007:
|...despite America being the greatest economic power and possessing the most powerful... military arsenal... and despite it spending on this war and [its] army more than the entire world spends on its armies... despite all of this, 19 young men were able -- by the grace of Allah, the Most High -- to change the direction of the compass...|
Maybe the troofers can go back to working on the Kennedy "hit" and hunting for the Apollo mission's sound stage.