Sunday :: Apr 4, 2004

Questions for Bush & Cheney


by Mary

President Bush and Vice President Cheney will be answering questions before the 9/11 commission soon. After reviewing Paul Thompson's 9/11 timeline essay on Bush's Interesting Day, I can come up with a couple questions I'd like them to answer.

Q: Vice President Cheney, why didn't the President get any Air Force fighter protection until more than two hours after the attacks started, while you were hustled into protection right away?

Here was Cheney's morning:
Meanwhile, Secret Service agents burst into Vice President Cheney's White House office. They carried him under his arms - nearly lifting him off the ground - and propelled him down the steps into the White House basement and through a long tunnel toward an underground bunker.

And here was Bush's:
It would appear that fighters arrived some time between 11:00 and 11:30. These fighters were supposed to be on 24-hour alert, ready to get into the air in about five minutes. If we assume the fighters flew at a speed of 1,100 mph, the same speed Major Gen. Arnold said fighters used to reach New York City earlier in the day when traveling a comparable distance [MSNBC, 9/23/01 (C), Slate, 1/16/02], the fighters should have reached Sarasota in about 10 minutes. Yet they took around two hours to reach Air Force One from when they were likely first needed, shortly after 9:00.

Q: Mr. President: why did you say you saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center when no footage was available until late that night? Did you really believe it was a bad pilot that caused the first crash?

Q: Mr. President: why didn't anyone get fired for the mistakes that were made that day?

As Gary Hart said in an interview with Salon this past week:

I think what will haunt this administration is its lack of accountability. Either George Bush was misled, which is his story, or he misled the American people. There are no other choices. If he's a strong president, as he and his supporters claim, then heads should roll. If the president of the United States is misled by those who advise him, heads should roll. And we have not seen this. If he misled the American people, then he must go.

Indeed.

[Aside: I've reworked the FAQ under the Search Box to add additional timeline information which should be easy to find. If you can think of other information that should be added, please let me know.]

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