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George Bush Thought 9/11 Plane Had Been Shot Down on His Orders

Memoirs reveal former US president gave order to shoot down any hijacked planes before United Airlines flight 93 crashed

by James Meikle

George Bush initially believed the only plane not to reach its intended target during the 11 September ttacks had been shot down on his orders, according to leaks from the former president's memoir of his two terms in office.

[George Bush initially thought United Airlines flight 93 had been shot down in Pennsylvania. (Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters)]George Bush initially thought United Airlines flight 93 had been shot down in Pennsylvania. (Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters)
Bush reveals that he gave the order for any further suspected hijacked planes to be shot down after the first aircraft were flown into the World Trade Centre in New York during the 2001 terror attacks.

He at first thought the crash of United Airlines flight 93 in Pennsylvania had resulted from this instruction, although it later emerged that passengers had stormed the cockpit as hijackers flew the plane towards the Capitol building in Washington.

The memoir, Decision Points, is due to be published on 9 November, in the aftermath of the US midterm elections, and Bush is already lined up for interviews on the Oprah Winfrey and NBC Today shows.

The Drudge Report website says the very personal book opens with the line: "It was a simple question: 'Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?'" as Bush deals with the well-known issue of his alcohol consumption.

His drinking has previously been said to have come to an end when he woke up with a hangover following his 40th birthday celebrations.

In a chapter about stem cell research, he describes receiving a letter from Nancy Reagan detailing a "wrenching family journey", but says: "I did feel a responsibility to voice my pro-life convictions and lead the country toward what Pope John Paul II called a culture of life."

Bush goes on to describes an emotional July 2001 meeting with the Pope, who had Parkinson's disease, at the pontiff's summer residence.

The Pope reportedly recognised the promise of science but implored Bush to support life in all its forms.

At the pontiff's funeral in 2005, Bush - after a reminder from his wife, Laura, that it was a time to "pray for miracles" - said a prayer for the ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, who had cancer.

The book is said to stay clear of criticising Barack Obama, and a source told the Drudge Report: "You will find the president strong, loving life, and ultimately at peace with the decisions he made."
2010 Guardian News and Media Limited

this is all bunk 04.Nov.2010 07:27

David Roknich

People who really care about this country, and the Planet, ought to let this book rot on the shelf. A boycott of the publisher should be organized. Or wait 'til they get remaindered, you might be able to pick one up for a dollar.

The first problem is that the new book attributes to Bush the faculties of discernment and prediction and the ability to form a hypothesis - as in "he thought the crash had resulted from his order", or "I thought I thaw a pudie cat". This would imply that he had "intelligence" other than military -:)

Doesn't start out with the ring of truth. Furthermore, July 2001 was about the time that events were set in motion on our end to take a fall. Just after the 4th of July, in Eugene, the Gannet fishwrap published a 2 page spread about how badly women were being treated in Kabul - as if this hadn't been true for at least 1000 years. The same 2 page spread with color photos appeared in Salem, I was up there the next day.

It was in July the several different FBI agents began to "blow the whistle", and were fired, including the translation contractor Sibel Edmonds - gag orders were issued.

It's a bit difficult to track a mass firing of experts on a particular foreign-relations specialty, but this was done. All of the leading experts on the Talban, Afghanistan, and South Asia got their walking papers in the months leading up to 911, most notably those who played roles in defusing the potential nuclear conflict between India and Pakistan:

Forgive me if I quote from my own costly non-profit venture, DOGSPOT -

911 for Undergraduates: How Bush Undermined World Peace

"The the long term polarization of the former British empire and its relationship to the rise of Taliban was much studied prior to 911. Unfortunately for the victims of 911, government experts had to find jobs in academia after the election of George W. Bush.

Karl F Inderfurth, formerly of the State department is an important example. The progress he achieved has been single-handedly dismantled by Bush himself.

'Having Ambassador Inderfurth on our faculty since August 2001 was extremely fortuitous,' said George Washington University President Stephen Joel Trachtenberg. 'His first-hand knowledge of South Asia, particularly his experience with Afghanistan and the Taliban, and his dealings with Pakistan and India, has broadened our students' grasp of the complexity of problems in that region of the world."

Interesting that Bush met with the Pope during that time. Perhaps he thought you could buy an absolution, just like world leaders in the times before the Reformation, but then again we have the word "thought", past tense of a verb not to be associated with this strange robot who led the world into fascism for a full 8 years.

David Roknich
Galesburg, Illinois