And far worse than incompetence. Here is a must-read article from the New York Times, giving many new details about how strongly the intelligence community tried to warn the Bush administration about Al Qaida attacks, in the six months or so before 9-11. The famous "Bin Laden determined to strike within the U.S." briefing turns out to have been only one of many, by intelligence officials who became so distressed at the Bush administration's lack of concern that, at one point, they considered resigning en masse.
Here is a predictable but sickening revelation from the article:
"But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day."
I mention this particularly because it was the Bush Administration's adherence to patently nonsensical right wing cant that also led to the economic collapse of 2008. The right in this country lives in a fog of delusion, in which no idiocy, no conspiracy theory, is too far-fetched, as long as it does not interfere with the right of the rich to rape the rest of us. We are all going to be paying for failing to stop these criminal maniacs for the rest of our lives, and until they are eliminated from our country for good, they are going to continue to pose by far the greatest threat to our security.