While reading a piece in the New York Times today on the summer of
2001, it occurred to me that this was just about the time that Bush went
on the first of his unusually long vacations.
what href="http://www.nytimes.com/2004/03/28/politics/28PANE.html">the Times
March 28, 2004
9/11 Panel Provokes a Discussion the White House
Hoped to Avoid
By DAVID JOHNSTON and ADAM NAGOURNEY, New York
WASHINGTON, March 27 - In the summer of 2001, according to
witnesses interviewed by the independent commission investigating the
Sept. 11 hijackings, President Bush was told repeatedly of terror
warnings pouring into American intelligence agencies, mostly about
The director of central intelligence, George
J. Tenet, who briefed Mr. Bush on threats almost daily, "was around
town literally pounding on desks saying that something is happening,
this is an unprecedented level of threat information," said Richard
Armitage, the deputy secretary of state, who was quoted in a
Congressional report last year.
But even as the warnings spiked in June and July that year, there
appeared to be little sense of alarm at the White House, officials of
the Central Intelligence Agency told the commission. It was not until
Sept. 4 that Mr. Bush's national security team approved a plan intended
to eradicate Al Qaeda and not until Sept. 10 that Mr. Tenet was told to
put the plan into effect.
Now let's look back at what Bush was
doing about these warnings from Tenet:
vacation.htm">USA Today, August 3, 2001
White House to move to Texas for a while
By Laurence McQuillan, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - Six months after taking office, President Bush will begin a
month-long vacation Saturday that is significantly longer than the
average American's annual getaway. If Bush returns as scheduled on Labor
Day, he'll tie the modern record for presidential absence from the White
House, held by Richard Nixon at 30 days.
I think these facts speak for themselves.