I told myself I wasn’t going to pay much attention to Bush’s farewell speech, but when he said this, I just can’t let it pass:
“As the years passed most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. And I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.”
If that were the case why did he lose focus on the obvious location of the the threat—the Afghan/Pakistan border region? Instead he launched an unrelated war in Iraq. It seems to me that Bush’s life returned to normal very shortly after 9/11. He had wanted to overthrow Saddam long before 9/11 and, after launching an attack on Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11, he quickly returned to business as usual.