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9/11 Report Card

It’s been three years since the 9/11 attacks. I said a little prayer today and reflected on what my government has done since then. It’s report card time.

Homeland Security: President Bush gets a D.

President Bush opposed creating the Department of Homeland Security, but to his credit, public outcry and political expediency led him to flip-flop on it. Having finally created it, had Bush adequately funded the DHS and given the director some actual authority over the agencies he oversees, he would have gotten a much better grade. I would have given Bush a C anyhow, but the guy he picked to head up the DHS was also totally against the department's creation and it shows in the way he runs it.

War on Terror: President Bush gets a failing grade on this one: F.

Watching President Bush's ham-handed flailing of the world's most powerful military is like watching a two-year old play whack-a-mole with a clown-sized mallet. Al Qaeda is sitting in Afghanistan - a country we attacked, occupied, and supposedly control - and they're mocking us! While Bush has our armed forces playing hide the sausage in Iraq, bin Laden is in his Bat Cave nibbling kumquats and coordinating terrorist attacks all over the world.

In fact, Bush isn't even interested in capturing or killing the guy who attacked the United States and murdered thousands of Americans. President Bush went from, "Wanted, dead or alive." to "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." If President Bush has lost the passion for fighting terrorism, it's time for him to step aside.

Rumsfeld famously asked in a memo, "Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?" According to CIA and State Department counter-terrorist officials, the answer is no.

But the most compelling - and damning - reason to give President Bush an F for his pathetic attempt at fighting the war on terror, is that al Qaeda and other major terrorist groups are endorsing President Bush's re-election!

The Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, the group that claimed credit for the Madrid bombings, is backing Bush because they feel it's not possible to find an adversary, "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom. Kerry will kill our nation while it sleeps because he and the Democrats have the cunning to embellish blasphemy and present it to the Arab and Muslim nation as civilization. Because of this we desire you (Bush) to be elected."

And al Qaeda itself issued an endorsement for Bush's re-election "because he acts with force rather than wisdom or shrewdness, and it is his religious fanaticism that will rouse our (Islamic) nation, as has been shown. Being targeted by an enemy is what will wake us from our slumber."

I will be God damned if I vote for the guy al Qaeda wants running this country.

George W. Bush may have squeaked through Harvard with a C average, but the American Pundit School of Securing the Homeland isn't swayed by family connections. Bush is a failure.

Posted by American Pundit at September 12, 2004 7:40 AM