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History will pick the terror-fighting president




In a March 2002 press conference, President George W. Bush answered a question about the hunt for mass murderer and founder of al Qaeda Osama bin Laden: "I truly am not that concerned about him. ...  I really don't spend that much time on him, to be honest with you." The Bush Administration proceeded to shut down the CIA's Osama bin Laden unit altogether in late 2005.

President Barack Obama spoke with great decisiveness on killing terrorists.  "Let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we [the Bush Administration] had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value targets and [Pakistan's] President Musharraf won't act, we will."

Both presidents spoke, and Americans will decide which president deserves the true credit for ridding the United States and Europe of the most dangerous and bloodthirsty terrorist in the world, the brutal butcher who orchestrated the most devastating terrorist attack our nation has ever suffered.

In the months prior to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda's attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and the courageously-foiled attack on the U.S. Capitol, President Bush was advised numerous times about the uncovered al Qaeda threats of this method of planned attack. President Bush's own Counterterrorism Coordinator Richard Clarke stated, "He [President Bush] ignored it. He ignored terrorism for months, when maybe we could have done something to stop 9/11. Maybe. We'll never know."

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