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Bush to CIA Briefer: "All right. You've covered your ass, now"

@ 09:37 PM (107 months, 13 days ago)

So author Ron Suskind has a new book out called The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11.

And he talks about Bush's reaction upon receiving the now-famous August 6, 2001 Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) entitled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US."

Remind you, this was during the "summer of threat" when former CIA director George Tenet says that he was running around with his hair "on fire."

So you would expect that, given the nature of the August 6 PDB, George W. Bush would have galvanized into action. Ask the tough questions of his national security team.  Perhaps you'd expect him to reach out to then-White House Counter-terrorism Chief Richard Clarke, who in January 2001 had asked for an "urgent and important" principles-level meeting to discuss the threat form Al Qaeda.

Just what was George Bush's reaction, then, to the August 6 PDB entitled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US."

He looked at the CIA briefer going over the PDB, and simply told him "All right. You've covered your ass, now."

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