Giuliani: No Domestic Terrorist Attacks under Bush

In 9/11 News on January 9, 2010 at 9:28 pm

And other canards designed to push the perception that Republicans are better for fighting terrorism and for improving national security:

The Republican said of Obama on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that “what he should be doing is following the right things that Bush did.”

While saying he believes Obama “turned the corner” on understanding the nature of terrorism when he publicly declared the U.S. at war, Giuliani added that Obama has plenty of room to improve on terrorism.

“We had no domestic attacks under Bush,” Giuliani said. “We’ve had one under Obama.”

That statement set off waves of protest in the blogosphere. And it echoed a recent claim by former Bush press secretary Dana Perino. GOP strategist Mary Matalin also recently said the Bush administration “inherited the most tragic attack on our soil in our nation’s history,” implying that the 9/11 attacks resulted from mistakes by the Clinton administration.

Bush replaced Clinton in the White House on Jan. 20, 2001, or almost eight months before the al-Qaida sponsored attacks.

When Giuliani was questioned later Friday about his statement, he explained to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he misspoke.

“I usually say we had no domestic attacks, no major domestic attack under President Bush since Sept. 11,” he said. He said after all the warnings of more attacks that came immediately after Sept. 11, many were surprised that this country avoided another major terrorist attack.

Giuliani said: “I did omit the words ‘since Sept. 11.’ I apologize for that.”

Shoe bomber Richard Reid tried to bring down a trans-Atlantic flight from Paris to Miami in December 2001 using similar methods to the Christmas Day attempt. In both cases, quick action by courageous passengers and crew members helped avoid catastrophe.

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