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Fox News Host: “I Don’t Remember Any Terrorist Attacks” On Bush’s Watch

by David Badash on July 14, 2011

in Media,News,Politics

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Fox News host of “The Five,” Eric Bolling, Wednesday said, “we were certainly safe between 2000 and 2008 — I don’t remember any terrorist attacks on American soil during that period of time.” “The Five”  is Fox News’ sallow Glenn Beck replacement show, which just hours before Bolling’s revision of history, Salon called “boring and lame.” Bolling is a transfer from Fox Business, and last month was forced to apologize for his racist comments about President Obama. Just one week ago, Bolling was caught lying that President Obama did not answer Speaker of the House John Boehner’s question during the president’s Twitter town hall.

Many will remember that perennial Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani took a great deal of heat, being the former Mayor of New York City during the 9/11 attacks, for saying last year, “we had no domestic attacks under Bush.”

And for those who “don’t remember,” the 9/11 attacks on New York City, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania (the original target was the White House or the Capitol,” happened on George W. Bush’s watch.

Clip via Media Matters, who has a long list of Eric Bolling’s comments, and who also provided this reminder:

Media conservatives have done this before.

In November of 2009, former Bush White House staffer Dana Perino said “we did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” Perino later apologized for her mistake.

Mary Matalin, former counselor to Vice President Cheney, claimed in December 2009 that President Bush “inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history.”

In January of last year, Rudy Giuliani — who was the mayor of New York City at the time of the 9/11 attacks – told Good Morning America that “We had no domestic attacks under Bush.”

Of course, 9/11 did happen eight months into Bush’s term — after he’d received a memo warning him “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.”

In a subsequent appearance on CNN, Giuliani said, “I usually say we had no domestic attacks, no major domestic attack under President Bush since Sept. 11″ and “I did omit the words ‘since Sept. 11.’ I apologize for that.”

But even the standard, and somewhat bizarre, conservative talking point that Bush somehow prevented terrorist attacks from occurring on American soil after 9/11 is false. Here’s a list of terrorist attacks in the U.S. during Bush’s presidency:

The Anthrax Attacks: In 2001, letters containing anthrax spores were mailed to Senators  Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy, as well as to several news outlets (including the NY Post).

Attack Against El Al Ticket Counter At LAX: In 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at an El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport killing two people and wounding four others before being shot dead. A 2004 Justice Department report stated that Hadayet’s case had been “officially designated as an act of international terrorism.”

DC Sniper: The state of Virginia indicted Washington, D.C.-area sniper John Allen Muhammad — along with his accomplice, a minor at the time — on terrorism charges for one of the murders he committed during a three-week shooting spree across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Muhammad was convicted, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed for the crime.

UNC SUV Attack: In March 2006, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill graduate Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar drove an SUV into an area of campus, striking nine pedestrians. According to reports, Taheri-azar said he acted because he wanted to “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world.” Taheri-azar also reportedly stated in a letter: “I was aiming to follow in the footsteps of one of my role models, Mohammad Atta, one of the 9/11/01 hijackers, who obtained a doctorate degree.”


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JohnBovay July 15, 2011 at 4:15 am

"I Don't Remember Any Terrorist Attacks" ~ The Onion

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