I hope Kerry has the balls to ask Bush point-blank during the debates, "You went to great lengths to cover for the Saudi government after 9-11, even though the majority of hijackers were Saudi nationals and there was evidence pointing at government support for their actions. Your great family friend Jame Baker even provided legal representation to the Saudis when they were sued by the families of 9-11 victims. Is it your job to protect your friends in the Saudi goverment or to give the American people the truth? To paraphrase what you said three years ago, are you with the American people or against us?"
This is from Eric Alterman's column "Altercation" on www.msnbc.com:
"Even so vociferous a critic of the unelected Bush, Cheney, the Neocons, and the religious right as myself could not bring himself to imagine in that horrific week with the smell of the smoking ruins literally polluting the sky above my house, that America's president, its vice-president and their advisers would be capable of the following:
Bush and company specifically ignored multiple warnings of just such an attack.
Bush and company lied to the heroes of 9/11 about the health and safety implications of breathing the air down at Ground Zero--my own family included.
Bush and company immediately sought to manipulate the grief and anger of the attacks to launch an unnecessary and counterproductive war against Iraq which has resulted in over a thousand needless American military deaths and U.S. soldiers turning into occupiers and in some case torturers.
Bush and company lied to the nation about the responsibility for the attack, trying to pin it on Saddam Hussein who had nothing whatsoever to do with it.
Bush and company allowed its friends in the Saudi royal family to hide its relationship to the killers.
Bush and company made only a lackluster effort to capture the killers, allowing many to escape at Tora Bora and pulling agents and resources out of Afghanistan to feed its obsession with Iraq.
Bush and company did everything they could to prevent and later, undermine an investigation of why 9/11 was allowed to happen.
Bush and company continue to ignore their responsibility to protect the nation from another attack, failing to protect its ports, nuclear and chemical plants, and its most vulnerable urban targets and instead, have actually gone out of their way to inspire more such attacks, despite intelligence warnings on this very topic.
Bush and company have destroyed the sympathy our nation enjoyed (and deserved) in the immediate aftermath of the attack and have instead turned that sympathy into global hatred and disgust, further endangering our citizens.
Bush and company have repeatedly manipulated the powerful imagery of the attacks for their own partisan political purposes.
Bush and company have repeatedly cowed the media into ignoring, and when that's impossible, apologizing for, much of the above."