Bush Failed to Keep America Safe

A visual comparison of U.S. casualties over a period of 16 years.
A visual comparison of U.S. casualties at the hands of foreign terrorists or fighters during Bill Clinton’s and George W. Bush’s terms in office.

When asked about George W. Bush’s greatest achievement, Bush hagiographers are quick to claim that “He kept us safe.” And when we ponder that sentiment, we can only wonder at the human capacity for self-delusion, especially when it was on Bush’s watch that the U.S. suffered the worst attack on its soil since Pearl Harbor.

It’s true that the U.S. was not attacked on its soil AGAIN (by foreign terrorists) since September 11, 2001 (and December 22, 2001 when British-born terrorist Richard Reid attempted to detonate a shoe bomb on AA flight 63 from Paris to Miami), but if you want to give Bush credit for that you must give Bill Clinton even more credit. It was just over a month after Clinton’s inauguration when terrorists bombed the subterranean garage of the World Trade Center, killing six and injuring more than 1,000. Yet not only did Clinton’s Justice Department capture, try, and convict the culprits, Clinton kept the U.S. safe from foreign terrorists (on U.S. soil) for the remainder of his two terms.

Over the eight years under President Clinton approximately 101 Americans (military and/or civilian) were killed and 1,219 wounded by foreign terrorists or fighters either on U.S. soil or “in theater” during a military deployment.

Contrast that with President Bush. Under his leadership, more than 7,077 Americans (military and/or civilian) were killed and 40,030 wounded by foreign terrorists or fighters either on U.S. soil or “in theater” during military operations. These 47,107 casualties don’t include non-hostile deaths of deployed troops (another 1,050), nor do they include the thousands of cases of PTSD and other long-term after-effects of multiple deployments.

So when you hear “at least Bush kept us safe,” keep in mind that you can’t be considered safe… if you’re maimed or dead.

Sources and Related

Note: The numbers of killed and wounded used for this BushToll nugget are assembled mainly from official reports and news sources. I welcome corrections and additions.

Casualties by Military Service Component, October 7, 2001 Through January 24, 2009, Defense Manpower Data Center Data, Analysis and Programs Division www.dmdc.osd.mil/dcas/pages/casualties.xhtml Now links to new data portal instead of individual document

Operation Iraq Freedom Casualty Status as of Jan. 30, 2009, US Department of Defense

Operation Restore Hope timeline novaonline.nvcc.edu/eli/evans/his135/Events/Somalia93/Somalia93.html#timeline

USS Cole Casualty Release, U.S. Department of Defense www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=2721

‘At Least Bush Kept Us Safe,’ Wall Street Journal, December 5, 2008, by Peggy Noonan online.wsj.com/article/SB122843788060281477.html

Opposing view: Bush kept U.S. safe, guided nation through turbulent sea WARNING: This article is NOT satirical. Alternate link

Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat www.nytimes.com/2006/09/24/world/middleeast/24terror.html?_r=1

In Outsourced War, Contractor Deaths Top 1000, Reuters, July 3, 2007 www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN0318650320070703

Updated: 2/4/2009 to clarify: After 9/11 the U.S. was not attacked on its soil AGAIN (by foreign terrorists). I apologize if that was not clear in the original version. Ed.

Updated: 1/8/2010 to clarify: On December 22, 2001, the so-called “shoe-bomber” Richard Reid attempted but failed to bring down AA flight 63 from Paris to Miami in an attack strongly paralleled by the Christmas 2010 attempt by Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who attempted to detonate chemicals allegedly hidden in his underwear.

Updated 1/6/2013: Unfortunately, several PDF sources on government sites have been reported as infected with malware. To keep Bushtoll from being blacklisted, I’ve had to delist some documents on very short notice. Ed.

4 thoughts on “Bush Failed to Keep America Safe”

  1. The U.S. was attacked on its soil AGAIN after September 11, 2001. Remember anthrax attacks?

  2. This is an important story, one that many will not be ready to talk about now – certainly one the mainstream media will not report on.

    But, we need to keep these facts online and “good to go” when the propaganda machine cranks up into full-gear to resurrect the corpse of chimpy’s “legacy.”

    Don’t think it can happen? The media and regugs/neocons took an AWOL abusive alcoholic/cocaine addict and made him our “war president” via 2 stolen elections.

    It can happen again – in fact, it can happen with another bush. They are already doing what they can to get jeb into the national arena.

    People need to be ready to confront the lying liars with facts like this or sure as God made little green apples, we will see another bush in the white house.

  3. Anne, Good point about the anthrax attacks; however, the experts believe those were of domestic origin. I specifically focused on foreign terrorists or fighters. If you consider domestic terrorists as well, you’d have to add to the Clinton tally the casualties for the Oklahoma City bombing and also consider attacks on abortion doctors, as well as the Centennial Park Olympics. My purpose wasn’t to compile the definitive casualty list, but to illustrate a point. Any way you look at these numbers, the conclusion is the same. Nevertheless, I sincerely welcome suggestions and/or corrections from readers. Thank you!

  4. The moronic monkey’s revisionists are also bragging about “53 months of expansion” which amounted to a little party thrown on borrowed mortgage money with almost NO private sector jobs created.

    It will be tough for the ‘tards and their media handmaidens to spin the Chimpy line, but they are hard at it. They are now presenting Gopper demands that we incorporate Chimpy’s failed economic ideas into any “stimulus” package as “bipartisanship.” Nothing could be further from the truth. But truth is a rare quantity in today’s MSM.

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