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9/11 Politicos: Where Are They Now?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Ten years after the towers fell, where are the leaders and policymakers who shaped our response to the tragedy?

President George W. Bush

The former president has kept a relatively low profile since leaving office and has shied away from politics, though he tours as a public speaker and released his memoir Decision Points last fall. President Bush also got involved in humanitarian efforts after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, joining with former President Bill Clinton to form the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. For the tenth anniversary of 9/11, Bush appeared in a special on the National Geographic Channel. 

Vice President Dick Cheney

Most recently, Cheney's been making the talk show rounds promoting his controversial new memoir In My Time and suggesting that Hillary Clinton run for the Democratic nomination in 2012. Unlike his former boss, Cheney has remained very much in the public eye, criticizing the Obama administration's policies, both domestic and foreign, as well as his former colleagues.

Secretary of State Colin Powell

Colin Powell has walked furthest from the Bush administration since the two parted ways in 2005. He was critical of U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, of the administration's interrogation and detainee policy, and of its response to Hurricane Katrina, among other things. He even endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008. Powell has also been a motivational speaker, teaming up with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for speaking engagements. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foreign Relations

National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice

Though she would eventually replace Colin Powell as Secretary of State, Rice was the U.S. National Security Adviser in 2001. Almost immediately after leaving office in 2009 she returned to Stanford University, where she had been provost before joining the Bush Administration. She is now a faculty member of the university's Graduate School of Business.

Attorney General John Ashcroft

Upon returning to private life in 2005, John Ashcroft wasted little time starting his consulting firm The Ashcroft Group, LLC, which helps private companies secure government homeland security contracts with the Justice Department. Yes, the man who led the Justice Department and was a staunch proponent of the PATRIOT Act now makes money by helping companies (like ChoicePoint, which "gathers public records and sells access to them") profit off of the homeland security apparatus he had a hand in constructing. Fascinating.

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

Rumsfeld released his memoir Known and Unknown early in 2011, and has since launched a companion website called The Rumsfeld Papers providing supplementary documents that were cited in the book. He's been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, but has also traded barbs with former colleague fellow Stanford employee Condoleezza Rice over her tenure in the Bush administration.

New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani

America's Mayor made an unsuccessful run for the White House in 2008, but has otherwise worked in consulting and law since leaving office. He's also flirted with the idea of running for Governor of New York, or running for New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's seat; he eventually decided not to run for either, citing his full private sector schedule. A 2012 campaign for president has yet to be ruled out by Giuliani, but he says he'll make a decision after the 9/11 anniversary.

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Comments [2]

and Ali Soufan's new book is backing up Clarke's assertions. The CIA knew these guys were in country and let them stay and act in hopes of turning them into 'assets'. It wasn't the 'chinese wall' it was inter-agency competition that caused them to lose sight of their mission to keep Americans safe.

Sep. 14 2011 11:14 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

And you will notice that none of these players have apologized for the colossal underestimation of the terrorist threat prior to 9/11. Condi was NSA at the time, she should have been canned on Day Two. You will also notice that there is no reference to using the event to shape public anger over Iraq and the chase for non-existent WMD that 'everyone believes' Saddam Hussein had... or once having gotten buy-in from the American people to attack Iraq, the effort was undersized and the country was allowed to pull itself apart. That's $3T of the public debt right there not to forget 4,500 American lives...or the 'few bad apples' explanation for the horrific abuses of Abu Ghraib...or Richard Clarke's still to be validated opinion that the CIA was in contact with some of the 9/11 hijackers BEFORE the event. If true, after failing to turn them the CIA could have killed them....and certainly should have known their whereabouts and intentions.

These men (and women) aren't patriots. They haven't increased anyone's safety. They have just loosed a new bunch of leeches (re-read the Ashcroft bio) on the American Treasury. They made a lot of GOP donors rich.

Sep. 11 2011 10:37 AM

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