Republican Party presidential candidate and foreign policy author/expert Andy Martin will hold a New York City news conference today, Saturday, October 17, to “set the record straight” on whether former President George W. Bush “kept us safe” after 9/11, as his brother Jeb repeatedly, and falsely claims. “Trump is right,” Andy says. “9/11 happened in part because of the complacency of GW Bush’s administration. The CIA warned of an attack and no one paid any attention. Bin Laden attacked while America was asleep. And, after 9/11 GW Bush’s horrible mistakes endangered America and promoted the rise of terrorism. GW didn’t intend to do evil things; but because GW Bush was incompetent he was our ‘worst president’ until Obama came along. Now Bush is our second-worst. To be sure, President Barack Obama exacerbated the mess GWB left behind. But the seeds of our current disaster were planted by the Bush family. It is time for Republicans to have an honest discussion, not debate, because there is no ‘debating’ that GW Bush seriously endangered our national and economic security.”
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Attention, New York, Washington, National daybook/assignment and Political editors
Announcement of New York news conference Saturday, October 17
Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin will hold a New York news conference today, to demand that Jeb Bush stop lying about his brother and stop claiming, falsely, that GWB “kept us safe”
Andy was the first to expose President George W. Bush as a “foreign policy incompetent” who would do long-term damage to national security
Andy says Americans should be free to debate the Bush family’s “two failed wars” and Republicans should stop lying to themselves if they ever again want to win the White House
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(New York) (October 17, 2015) Republican presidential candidate and foreign policy author/expert Andy Martin will hold a New York news conference today, Saturday, October 17th to confirm what Donald Trump implied on Friday, that President George W. Bush (“GWB”) endangered U. S. security both before and after 9/11. Friday Jeb Bush and Donald Trump renewed a fight over GW Bush’s legacy (see links below).
“After 9/11 we could not have an honest discussion about what happened on 9/11,” Andy says. “Americans were at war. We trusted GWB to ‘do the right thing.’ He did not. GWB endangered our national security both before and after 9/11. One of the reasons Jeb Bush is unfit to even be nominated for president, let alone serve in the White House, is because he keeps defending the disastrous record of his brother.
“Donald Trump is a Johnny-Come-Lately to the ‘war of words’ between the Bush Brothers and me. In December, 1999 I began airing a commercial on WMUR-TV in New Hampshire accusing then-Governor GWB of ‘wanting to start a war with Iraq.’ My analysis of GWB’s flawed character was years ahead of anyone else’s. I knew GWB had a screw loose for Iraq. After my TV commercial began exposing his brother as a potential foreign policy nincompoop Jeb Bush counterattacked. But many believe my TV ad provided the slim margin by which GWB lost the 2000 New Hampshire primary.
“Jeb and I have been at odds for over twenty years, since I first exposed his profiteering in the early 1990’s. The Bush family may have fooled Americans. But they never fooled me.
“So what are the facts?
“First, GWB was warned on taking office in 2001 that Al Qaeda was a serious threat. He did nothing.
“Second, in August, 2001 Bush was warned Al Qaeda was planning to strike the United States. GWB went on vacation.
“Third, to his credit, Bush acted responsibly in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. Then he squandered his good will by making decisions that are still, in 2015, endangering our national security.
“Fourth, Bush ‘starved’ the mission to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Bush incompetently started diverting military resources to a buildup for an invasion of Iraq. Bush allowed VP Dick Cheney to start lying, which Cheney still does to this date, falsely claiming Iraq had something to do with 9/11. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. In fact, Bin Laden was a sworn enemy of the Iraqi regime.
“Fifth, Bush provided false ‘intelligence’ to justify his invasion of Iraq. I knew there were no ‘weapons of mass destruction’ in Iraq. Why didn’t Hillary Clinton? Cheney and Bush intimidated the congress into endorsing a disastrous military operation.
“Sixth, a few days after Saddam Hussein was deposed in April, 2003 I landed in Baghdad. I saw our foreign policy disaster up close. As early as mid-2003 I was warning about the long-term dangers of Bush’s policy. Once again, Bush didn’t fool me, even though he fooled most Americans.
“Seventh, when Saddam Hussein was captured, Bush’s puppet in Iraq, Paul Bremer, suggested the war in Iraq was over. I correctly reported the resistance was just beginning. Again Bush was wrong and I was right.
“Eighth, in 2006-2007, despite my opposition to the invasion, I supported the buildup that became the ‘surge.’ There was no other option. Bush had botched our policy so badly he had to build up before he could stand down.
“Ninth, Bush, not Obama, was the one who negotiated our disastrous withdrawal policy. Bush was the one who allowed the Shiite strongman, Al Maliki, to take and stay in power. In 2009, Bush left behind a ticking time bomb for President Barack Obama. Obama thought he was being a smarty pants when he allowed the ‘bomb’ to explode. But Obama’s initial mistakes still resonate today, not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan.
“Tenth, Jeb Bush has the audacity and contempt for the truth to keep saying that his brother ‘kept us safe’ while in office. Kept us safe? Thousands of Americans died to implement the flawed Bush invasion and occupation of Iraq. Tens of thousands were seriously wounded. Has Jeb never seen the ‘Wounded warrior’ ads on TV? Or doesn’t he care?
“GW Bush endangered not only our national security but also our economic security. The overall, long-term costs of his disastrous invasion of Iraq will come to ten trillion (trillion) dollars when the final bills are settled some time in the next century. By taking his eye off Afghanistan in 2001, Bush prolonged Osama Bin Laden’s ‘reign’ (to use Trump’s word) in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and prolonged what should have been an immediate death strike at Bin Laden after 9/11.
“Eleventh, to be sure, ‘wise guy’ Obama thought he had swallowed a canary when he withdrew from Iraq under the ‘Bush plan.’ Obama is still paying for his own hubris. Just this week, former Secretary of Defense Gates confirmed that anti-military members of Obama’s administration were egging Obama on to ignore military warnings and to abandon Iraq. Today, more Americans are dying because of the Bush/Obama policy of incompetence and arrogance in the Middle East.
“Twelfth, Bush’s bungling led inexorably to the breakdown in Iraq and Syria. No, ISIS did not come into being on Bush’s watch. But the eventual arrival of ISIS was the natural progression of Bush’s withdrawal timetable in Iraq.
“In conclusion, GW Bush was a foreign policy disaster. He did not ‘keep us safe.’ Backwardly, almost everything he did contributed to the long-term dangers we face today. The fact that we did not have more 9/11’s at home is not something to brag about; GW Bush just ‘exported’ our new 9/11’s to Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Jeb Bush continues to spread the lie that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11, and that we are ‘better off’ without him. Better off? Ten trillion dollars better off? Hussein was an evil dictator. But he was a bulwark against Iranian expansion. When Saddam fell, Iran began to take control of Iraq.
“Jeb Bush should have the common decency to stop running for president and stop lying about his incompetent family that started two unnecessary wars, left trillions of dollars in debt behind, and has damaged American security into the foreseeable future. Barack Obama has only carried out GW Bush’s disastrous policies. Obama may be a jerk in his own right. But GW Bush is the one that created the mess in the first place.
“I bear GW Bush no personal animus. He is a decent person as a person. But he was totally unqualified to be president, as I correctly predicted in 1999; GW has left behind a bitter legacy. The utter and complete arrogance of the Bush family, in trying to promote Jeb as he latest example of a blood line with bad blood, is merely a reflection of the contempt which the Bush Family and its life-long Wall Street kingmakers have for the American people.
“Jeb should immediately withdraw as a candidate and he should promise to stop lying about his father’s and brother’s failures. GW Bush did not ‘keep us safe.’ Rather, GW Bush has left behind a legacy that continues to endanger every American and will do so for generations.
“I know Republicans hate to face the facts, and I know they love to attack truth-tellers like me. (They started attacking me in 1999 when my TV ad predicted GW Bush was incompetent to become president.) But Bush family failures will haunt the GOP and lock us out of the White house until someone such as Trump is willing and able to tell the truth about the failures of the toxic Bush Family dynasty.
“I have never lied about Bush family corruption and incompetence, which I began documenting in 1993. I have only told the truth, to Republicans and to the American people. I was 100% correct in 1999 when I exposed GW Bush as unfit to lead,” Andy charges. “It is about time for Republicans to tell Americans the truth, admit GW Bush made horrible mistakes and promise never to sin again in the same way that GW Bush courted disaster, and then created an ongoing disaster with his arrogant and incompetent policies.”
October 17 New York news conference details:
Presidential candidate and foreign policy author/expert Andy Martin
Andy Martin takes Donald Trump’s position and says President George W. Bush endangered the USA after 9/11
909 Third Avenue, public sidewalk in front of FDR Station post office entrance, New York (under the “909” canopy in case of rain)
Saturday, October 17, 2015; 3:00 P.M.
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He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).
He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.
Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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