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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

More Eichenwald Revelations After 'NYT' Bombshell

UPDATE  CBS News with Kurt Eichenwald interview today.  Replies to claim that CIA, not Bush, at fault:  "Actually, the counterterrorist center of the CIA did a spectacular job, and that's what really comes down. You know, in the aftermath, the White House and others said, 'Well they didn't tell us enough.' No, they told them everything they needed to know to go on a full alert and the White House didn't do it."

Earlier:  We were just about first last night to bring you a link to today's NYT op-ed piece by Kurt Eichenwald, their former reporter with a new book, on secret documents he'd read suggesting great negligence than by the Bush team (beyond what we knew) leading up to 9/11.  The Daily Beast now reports on some other revelations in his book, all on the post-9/11 world.

But here's an extract that really drives home for me the necessity of more media probing on how Mitt Romney's faith shapes his views (which was lacking as Bush ran for president).  David Gregory asked only softball questions in his Meet the Press interview on Sunday.  (Note: Bush and "Gog and Magog" has been reported before but more as rumor and not with this detail.)
After convincing Blair to support U.S. military action against Iraq, Bush turned to French President Jacques Chirac. “Jacques, you and I share a common faith. You’re Roman Catholic, I’m Methodist, but we are both Christians committed to the teachings of the Bible. We share one common Lord.” Chirac said he didn’t know where Bush was going with this. Then Bush said, “Gog and Magog are at work in the Middle East. Biblical prophecies are being fulfilled. This confrontation is willed by God, who wants to use this conflict to erase His people’s enemies before a new age begins.” Chirac said he hung up called together his staff. “He said, ‘Gog and Magog.’ Do any of you know what he is talking about?” Nobody knew. “Find out.”

Review of the Eichenwald book here.

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