LOL<quoted text>Whoa. Quit giving George Bush credit for 9/11/01. Clinton caused it by not doing much after the first attack and others. Now, by killing the economy, I'm finishing the job started by al qaeda.
No, nah-no, nah-no.
Not going to let you get away with that mouthful of horse hockey.
In his campaign, Bush had said he thought the biggest security issue was Iraq and a national missile defense, Clinton said. "I told him that in my opinion, the biggest security problem was Osama bin Laden."
Between 1996 and 2001, federal spending on counterterrorism increased dramatically to more than $12 billion annually. The FBI's counterterrorism budget rose even more sharply, from $78 million in 1996 to $609 million in 2000, tripling the number of agents assigned to such activities and creating a new counterterrorism center at the bureau's Washington headquarters.
Recalcitrant Republicans, led by then-Senator John Ashcroft, defeated a potentially crucial White House initiative. Along with computer-industry lobbyists, they rejected proposals to tighten controls on encryption software and to ensure that law enforcement officials could crack the kind of coded messages found on the laptop owned by Ramzi Yusef.
The Clinton administration's attempts to improve airport security were similarly obstructed in Congress. The Gore commission urged U.S. air carriers to screen all passengers with computerized profiling systems, to upgrade poorly trained private security personnel and to install high-tech baggage-screening equipment.
Key senators on the Senate Aviation Subcommittee shot down mandated changes recommended by the White House and instead urged "further study." (Eight of the nine Republicans on the subcommittee had received contributions from the major airlines.)
Several months before Clinton left office, the federal Centers for Disease Control issued a $343 million contract for 40 million doses of smallpox vaccine, as part of a wide-ranging research and development program of defense against biological weapons. The Clinton administration also established a new stockpile of drugs, vaccines and medical supplies for use solely in national emergencies.
On Clinton's watch, the CIA instituted a special al-Qaida unit that thwarted several deadly conspiracies, including a scheme to blow up Los Angeles International Airport on Millennium Eve, and plots to bomb the Holland and Lincoln tunnels in New York, as well as the United Nations building. Timely intelligence also prevented a deadly assault on the Israeli embassy in Washington.
You may not retire to the corner to quietly bleed.