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Video of the Week: President Bush Addresses Threat of Terrorism

Posted By Rory Cooper On January 7, 2010 @ 10:45 am In Security | Comments Disabled

In this week’s Video of the Week, President Bush is asked in 2006 if his administration was complacent to the threat of terrorism in the first eight months of 2001, specifically in regards to Osama Bin Laden.  When given the opportunity to finger point, he declines.  President Bush discusses the need to be on the offense, and the need for the tools necessary to protect our nation.  President Obama faces similar criticisms today, despite 9/11, two wars to serve as constant reminders, and a beefed up federal security apparatus [1].  It is important to have historical perspective as Obama pivots based on today’s heightened threat environment.  While historians will debate the first eight months of the Bush presidency, it is impossible to question his resolve after September 11, 2001 or the resources he put in place.  Will President Obama seize the same opportunity to act as a ‘War President [2]‘?  Obama can begin by asking Congress to permanently re-authorize the USA Patriot Act [3].  (Video courtesy of Crane Durham’s Nothing But Truth [4])

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[1] beefed up federal security apparatus: http://www.foundry.org/2010/01/02/pop-quiz-mr-president-why-did-you-fail/

[2] War President: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/30/morning-bell-does-obama-realize-we-are-at-war-yet/

[3] re-authorize the USA Patriot Act: http://www.foundry.org/2009/12/21/congress-must-stop-kicking-us-security-down-the-road/

[4] Crane Durham’s Nothing But Truth: http://nothingbuttruth.com/

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