Bush Admits ‘Majority’ of 9/11 Hijackers Were Saudis

Six years too late, George W. Bush has finally acknowledged that 15 of the 19 September 11 hijackers were citizens of the U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia:

From 2003 to 2007, the number of people who believed Bush’s lie dropped from 70 percent to 33 percent. Bush will never recover from the anger felt by the 37 percent of Americans who came to the realization that they had been lied to by their president.

“There’s a lot of really good people here [in Saudi Arabia]. Look, you can’t deny the fact that some, a majority, of the terrorists came from Saudi, but you should not condemn an entire society based upon the actions of a handful of killers.”

It would have been nice if the interviewer, ABC’s Terry Moran, had gotten Bush on the record about the Middle Eastern nation whose citizens were not represented among these 19 mass murderers.

The breakdown was 15 Saudis, one Egyptian, one Lebanese and two from the Union of Arab Emirates (UAE).

None were from Iraq.

Despite this fact — and the fact that Saddam Hussein was a secular despot who was despised by Osama bin Laden, a right-wing religious fanatic — a poll two years after the attacks, and six months after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Iraq was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

The fact that a solid majority of the public was misinformed was not an accident. It was a result of a propaganda campaign deployed from the Bush White House:

  • “We’ve learned that Iraq has trained al-Qaeda members in bomb-making and poisons and deadly gases. And we know that after September 11, Saddam Hussein’s regime gleefully celebrated the terrorist attacks on America. Some citizens wonder, after 11 years of living with this problem, why do we need to confront it now? And there’s a reason.”
    Bush in Cincinnati on Oct. 7, 2002 (It was this speech in which the CIA forced Bush to remove a claim that Saddam had tried to purchase Nigerian uranium. The claim was reinserted as the famous “16 words” in Bush’s State of the Union speech the following January. When Amb. Joe Wilson called Bush on this lie, Cheney conspired to reveal the secret identity of Wilson’s wife and thus betrayed a clandestine U.S. government operation that tracked the WMD black market. Cheney’s man Scooter Libby took the fall for this treasonous act, apparently on the assurance that he would be pardoned for the crime before Bush leaves office.)
  • “But what I want to bring to your attention today is the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the Al Qaida terrorist network, a nexus that combines classic terrorist organizations and modern methods of murder. Iraq today harbors a deadly terrorist network headed by Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, an associated in collaborator of Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaida lieutenants…” And… “We are not surprised that Iraq is harboring Zarqawi and his subordinates. This understanding builds on decades long experience with respect to ties between Iraq and Al Qaida…” And… “Some believe, some claim these contacts do not amount to much. They say Saddam Hussein’s secular tyranny and Al Qaida’s religious tyranny do not mix. I am not comforted by this thought. Ambition and hatred are enough to bring Iraq and Al Qaida together…”
    Former Sec. of State Colin Powell, in his presentation to the UN Feb. 5, 2003, the majority of which, including the connections between Iraq and al Qaeda, has been discredited
  • “Before September 11, 2001, many in the world believed that Saddam Hussein could be contained. But chemical agents and lethal viruses and shadowy terrorist networks are not easily contained. Imagine those 19 hijackers with other weapons, and other plans – this time armed by Saddam Hussein. It would take just one vial, one canister, one crate slipped into this country to bring a day of horror like none we have ever known.”
    Bush in his Jan. 28, 2003 State of the Union speech
  • “And for America, there will be no going back to the era before September the 11th, 2001 — to false comfort in a dangerous world. We have learned that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength; they are invited by the perception of weakness. And the surest way to avoid attacks on our own people is to engage the enemy where he lives and plans. We are fighting that enemy in Iraq and Afghanistan today so that we do not meet him again on our own streets, in our own cities.”
    Bush in Sept. 7, 2003, address to the nation
  • “If we’re successful in Iraq … we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11.”
    Cheney on Meet the Press, Sept. 14, 2003
  • “[Saddam Hussein posed a risk in] a region from which the 9/11 threat emerged.”
    – National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice, Sept. 2003
  • “[Saddam Hussein] had long established ties with al Qaeda.”
    Cheney, campaigning for reelection on June 14, 2004
  • “The only way our enemies can succeed is if we forget the lessons of September the 11th, if we abandon the Iraqi people to men like Zarqawi, and if we yield the future of the Middle East to men like Bin Laden.”
    Bush, June 28, 2005
  • “That’s right.”
    Dick Cheney, on “Meet the Press,” Sept. 10, 2006, when asked by Tim Russert, “Well, I asked you. I said, is there a connection between Saddam and 9/11 on September ’03, and you said, we don’t know.”

But if you thought the case against Saddam’s masterminding of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, has been resolved, think again. Just four months ago, in September 2007, a staggering one-third of Americans still say they believe the Iraqi government was behind the attacks.

Over the four years between these two polls, the number of people who believed Bush’s lie about Iraq dropped from 70 percent to 33 percent. The anger, betrayal and embarrassment felt by the 37 percent of Americans — roughly 111 million people — who came to the realization that they had been lied to by their president is now and will forever be the defining element of George Bush’s legacy. In our country’s short history, no disinformation campaign by our government has been costlier in American blood and treasure.

They will never forgive him, and nor should they.

Interestingly, the number of Americans who still believe the lie that Saddam caused 9/11 coincides precisely with a poll released yesterday by ABC that found that about one-third of Americans (32 percent) still approve of George Bush’s performance on the job.


Update: As a commenter below correctly pointed out, there was a misattribution of a quote by Bush to Colin Powell in the source article from the BBC from which the quotes were taken. The phrase about the polling attributed Powell was inserted inadvertently. We apologize for the latter, and have vetted each of the quotes from the BBC article and sourced all of them to the White House, except for Rice’s statement, which she made in an ABC News interview and was widely reported, including the reference here in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. (We also added three more quotes, two sourced to the White House and one to a “Meet the Press” transcript.)

This does not change in even the slightest way the thrust of this article — that there was a concerted disinformation campaign by Bush officials to convince Americans that Iraq was behind 9/11. The proof of the theory was, and is, the result: In 2003, 70 percent of Americans believed this lie and, as recently as last fall, about one-third still do.


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  • George Meredith MD
    September 2, 2011 - 7:13 am | Permalink

    911: George Bush and the Saudis

    Sunday, 09.11.11, marks the tenth anniversary of Osama bin Laden‘s horrific attack on the United States. The following facts should be forever seared in your memory:

    • Fifteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis

    • Reliable sources have found that the terrorists were financed, in part, by Sultan bin Abdul Aziz and other members of the Saudi Royal Family

    • There had been long term personal, as well as, financial ties between the Bush and (Saudi) bin Laden families.
    The Boston Herald ran an expose on the number of Bush Administration officials with investments in Saudi oil, calling it an “obscene conflict of interest.” Prince Turki, former chief of Saudi Intelligence, was very close to the Bin Laden family. The Bin Ladens were promised the Unocal Afghanistan pipeline construction contract in return for a percentage to the Saudi Royal family.

    • GHW Bush and Dick Cheney were business partners in the Carlyle Group with the Bin Laden family during the decade that preceded 911. . The Carlyle Group was a loaded with former Democratic and Republican intelligence and political officials, whose specialty was to act as lobbyists for the Saudi Royal Family. They are suspected of arranging the Unocal pipeline construction by the Bin Laden family’s Saudi Binladin Group, a multibillion-dollar construction conglomerate.” With the usual kickbacks to the Saudi royal family in return for discount oil sales.

    • More than $1.4 billion in investments and contracts that went from the House of Saud over the past 20 years to companies in which the Bushes and their allies have had prominent positions — Harken Energy, Halliburton, and the Carlyle Group among them.

    • “The Phantom Flight from Florida.” With US airspace still closed, Bush made an exception and allowed a number of chartered jets with 24 members of the bin Laden family and 140 other Saudi nationals to leave Tampa, New Orleans, Fort Lauderdale, Lexington and 8 additional US cities, bound for Saudi Arabia

    • When confronted with the FBI evidence that these (Saudis) were receiving 757 and 767 flight simulator training in Phoenix, Vero Beach and Minneapolis. And were planning to crash these fuel laden commercial aircraft into key US buildings…when confronted with this information, George W Bush shut down all three FBI investigations with the following quote:

    “The Saudis are our friends, they would never do anything like that to us!”

    George Meredith MD
    Virginia Beach

  • stevez
    September 5, 2011 - 7:09 pm | Permalink

    You conspiricy theiry people are nuts

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  • jack stuart
    September 1, 2012 - 8:25 pm | Permalink

    Look no matter what the Terrorist were Nationality wise, they trainded in Al Quada camps in Iraq, with the help of Sadam, they came here illeagally and killled 3,000+ of our people. The same number that were killed in Pearl Harbor and we went to war on both occassions, with the President asking congress for a delclaration of war and in both cases it was unnamously agreed to by congress..both Democrats and Republicans. A Sitting President has no right to declar war with out Congressional approval. FACT!!

    Further more Sadam had attacked Kuwait with missles that were not apprroved missels by the GENEVA CONVENTIION ON THE RULES OF WARFARE! these missles traveled 125-50 miles and were long range missles that should not have been able to go more that 100miles. Sadam was after the oil…then G.Bush senior attacked Sadam over this and the fact that he killed over 1mm Kurds in the Northern part of Iraq, killing them with weapons of mass destruction…namely Muster Gas and Blisser Gas a very inhuman way of killing and is not under approval as weapons of war, again under the Geneva Convention..the Geneva Conventiion is a rule of war fair that all Nations with Armies have aggreeded to.

    So Sadam was a ruthless killer and trained those that attacked in 9/11 ( not the Airplane flying training done in Flordia ) Our attack was not less than in Pearl Harbor. Our soliders watching, some perhaps helping. Sadam was a dictator who was a ruthless killer even of one of his own sons! He deserved what he got the same as other Dictators, Kadaffy, Mullosvich, Pope Pole and of course Hitler, To Joe, Hero heato of Japan, to name the worst.

    The first conflict with Sadams Army ended in their surrrender under our General………….who outflanked them and they surrender. The General laughed at there in abilty as an Army to do any thing as it was over in hours.Sadam’s army was attacking Kuwait oil fields.

    Any business dealings that Bush had with the Iraqs / Sadam / bin laden famly did not provide cause for Sadam’s nor the Saudia’s to attacked in 9/11 these were extremist terrorist that decided on their own to plan an attack on the U.S It had bee attempted before when they drove truck into the basement of one of the twin towers and blew it up, not serious harm was done. Who, what was their movtive is any one guess. I think.

    jack stuart

    Jack Stuart – We have a policy of not allowing Bushbots to try to rewrite history on this comments board.

    The al Qaeda training camps were in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda opposed Saddam because he ran a secular regime and they were, above all, theocrats.

    Bush did not seek a declaration of war from Congress, nor was he granted one. You are correct that only Congress can declare war, but the last time that happened was at the outset of World War II. At the behest of Karl Rove, Bush sought an authorization from Congress to invade Iraq, but Bush would have invaded even without the resolution. The sole purpose of the resolution was to put Democrats who might be running for president against Bush in 2004 on the spot and, unlike the invasion itself, which was an unmitigated disaster, the resolution worked well. In fact, it was Sen. Hillary Clinton’s vote for the resolution that may have cost her the presidency in her primary race against Sen. Obama in 2008.

    Saddam’s actions against Kuwait were litigated in the Gulf War. He was completely strapped down under No Fly Zone right up until the invasion in 2003.

    Saddam deserved punishment but not at the cost of the lives of over 4,000 US service members and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi children and adults, not to mention the $1 trillion-plus that Bush charged onto the national credit card.

    Emperor Hirohito stayed on his throne after World War II. He died at age 88 and was given a funeral with full imperial honors.

    The Saudi and Iraqi governments were not involved with the terror attacks in 1992 or 2001.

    — Pensito Review Editors

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  • lisa moore
    May 10, 2014 - 9:44 pm | Permalink

    i cannot believe what i am hearing. 15 from Saudi Arabia, Bin Laden was de-citizenized by the Saudi Gov years ago. just because our troops couldn’t find Saddam’s stuff, what is in Syria? QUICK CROSS THE BEKAA VALLEY, WILD WEST WITH AK-47’S
    Bush did what he thought was right and the brave souls who we miss did too. Taking Iraq out with Obama is th dumbest thing we could do. they lost 9,000 ppl this year alone. perhaps The Pres should have left them to help, guess he doesn’t care save for Libya, Syria, iran, and of course, Vlad Putin. WE HAVE HIRED A WEAK PRESIDENT WHO GRIPES ABOUT HC WHEN WE MADE PROMISES. BUSH RECEIVED OK’S FROM CONGRESS, AND THE UN. Remember Colin Powell? talking to the UN with ok’s from kerry, hilliary, and clinton telling him iraq has weapons of mass destruction. Bill Clinton had numerous times to take out bin Laden. Ticked off his head of CIA, quit for a while. look what the heck would any of YOU have done?

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  • Gods of war
    June 12, 2014 - 11:53 pm | Permalink

    They were friends of the Bush crime family!

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