August 24, 2009

Bush White House Pushed to Raise Terror Alerts on Eve of Re-election: Tom Ridge

Well it finally comes out, doesn’t it? The fact that we all essentially predicted for years and assumed was the case has finally come to light, and I somehow highly doubt that people within the Bush Administration will let this slide, but considering the source, I think we’re all but pretty solid on its validity:

Former Bush Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is releasing a book on September 1 titled, The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege … And How We Can Be Safe Again. U.S. News’ Paul Bedard reports that, in the book, Ridge reveals that he considered resigning because he was urged to issue a politically-motivated security alert on the eve of Bush’s re-election:

Among the headlines promoted by publisher Thomas Dunne Books: Ridge was never invited to sit in on National Security Council meetings; was “blindsided” by the FBI in morning Oval Office meetings because the agency withheld critical information from him; found his urgings to block Michael Brown from being named head of the emergency agency blamed for the Hurricane Katrina disaster ignored; and was pushed to raise the security alert on the eve of President Bush’s re-election, something he saw as politically motivated and worth resigning over.

Like many other observers, I have to admit, I’m not terribly surprised by this announcement. But I am impressed who the admission came from – the man at the top during the time. Sad, but true, and par for the course for the Bush Administration. Remember how far we’ve come when you’re nitpicking at Obama for little things – I’m not saying don’t nitpick, I’m not saying don’t call Obama out for the things he needs to be called out on, but just take a moment, fellow progressives, to understand exactly how far we’ve come.

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