Have you ever made the point that President George W. Bush kept this country safe after 9/11, only to have a liberal respond: "Nuh-uh! You can't prove Bush kept us safe!" This fallacious posturing is rooted in the ridiculous assumption that, because terrorists have not conceded that Bush defeated them, we cannot not say "Bush succeeded in keeping America safe after 9/11." I reference Article I, Section 53 of The Holy Doctrine of Liberalism, which clearly states, "Insist everything George W. Bush ever did was wrong, or you run the risk of accidentally validating conservatism."
I'm here to tell you folks, this isn't just a bad liberal argument, it's a dumb one.
Bush actively and consciously engaged terrorism, disrupting it at every level, killing or capturing key leaders of the terrorist movement and cutting lines of communication and funding (a la the "Bush Doctrine). The Bush administration prevented another terrorist attack from succeeding on American soil. It's a causal fact. It's irrefutable. Terrorists promised to continue to attack America; Bush attacked the terrorists and instituted an array of policies and acts to defend America against terrorism; no terrorist attack has befallen American soil since the initiation of the War on Terror. Bam! The terrorists failed, Bush succeeded. Case closed, nothing more to see here.
Or so a rational person might think...
Liberals insist there's no "proof" that Bush's polices did any good in fighting terrorism. To hear a leftist talk about the matter, you'd think the terrorists forgot to attacks us, like maybe they called in sick for the past 6 years or just haven't been making an effort, like they fell asleep at the Jihad wheel. Or maybe it's just a "coincidence" they've been able to successfully execute attacks in several major countries across the world but not in America...
Wake up folks! Terrorist leaders have been promising additional terrorist attacks on American soil since the day those planes hit the trade towers. Yet no such attack has succeeded. Therefore, Bush succeeded in foiling the terrorists and keeping Americans safe after 9/11. Like him or not, agree with his policies or not, you cannot wipe this off his record with a poor semantic argument.
To help illustrate this point, let's look at the documented instances where specific terrorist plots were foiled under the Bush administration. The following is a list of known terror plots thwarted by the U.S. government since Sept. 11, 2001:
• December 2001, Richard Reid: British citizen attempted to ignite shoe bomb on flight from Paris to Miami.
• May 2002, Jose Padilla: American citizen accused of seeking radioactive-laced "dirty bomb" to use in an attack against Amrica. Padilla was convicted of conspiracy in August, 2007.
• September 2002, Lackawanna Six: American citizens of Yemeni origin convicted of supporting Al Qaeda after attending jihadist camp in Pakistan. Five of six were from Lackawanna, N.Y.
• Click to view photos of suspected terrorists and attack sites.
• May 2003, Iyman Faris: American citizen charged with plotting to use blowtorches to collapse the Brooklyn Bridge.
• June 2003, Virginia Jihad Network: Eleven men from Alexandria, Va., trained for jihad against American soldiers, convicted of violating the Neutrality Act, conspiracy.
• August 2004, Dhiren Barot: Indian-born leader of terror cell plotted bombings on financial centers (see additional images).
• August 2004, James Elshafay and Shahawar Matin Siraj: Sought to plant bomb at New York's Penn Station during the Republican National Convention.
• August 2004, Yassin Aref and Mohammed Hossain: Plotted to assassinate a Pakistani diplomat on American soil.
• June 2005, Father and son Umer Hayat and Hamid Hayat: Son convicted of attending terrorist training camp in Pakistan; father convicted of customs violation.
• August 2005, Kevin James, Levar Haley Washington, Gregory Vernon Patterson and Hammad Riaz Samana: Los Angeles homegrown terrorists who plotted to attack National Guard, LAX, two synagogues and Israeli consulate.
• December 2005, Michael Reynolds: Plotted to blow up natural gas refinery in Wyoming, the Transcontinental Pipeline, and a refinery in New Jersey. Reynolds was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
• February 2006, Mohammad Zaki Amawi, Marwan Othman El-Hindi and Zand Wassim Mazloum: Accused of providing material support to terrorists, making bombs for use in Iraq.
• April 2006, Syed Haris Ahmed and Ehsanul Islam Sadequee: Cased and videotaped the Capitol and World Bank for a terrorist organization.
• June 2006, Narseal Batiste, Patrick Abraham, Stanley Grant Phanor, Naudimar Herrera, Burson Augustin, Lyglenson Lemorin, and Rotschild Augstine: Accused of plotting to blow up the Sears Tower.
• July 2006, Assem Hammoud: Accused of plotting to bomb New York City train tunnels.
• August 2006, Liquid Explosives Plot: Thwarted plot to explode ten airliners over the United States.
• March 2007, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed: Mastermind of Sept. 11 and author of numerous plots confessed in court in March 2007 to planning to destroy skyscrapers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Mohammedalso plotted to assassinate Pope John Paul II and former President Bill Clinton.
• May 2007, Fort Dix Plot: Six men accused of plotting to attack Fort Dix Army base in New Jersey. The plan included attacking and killing soldiers using assault rifles and grenades.
• June 2007, JFK Plot: Four men are accused of plotting to blow up fuel arteries that run through residential neighborhoods at JFK Airport in New York.
• September 2007, German authorities disrupt a terrorist cell that was planning attacks on military installations and facilities used by Americans in Germany. The Germans arrested three suspected members of the Islamic Jihad Union, a group that has links to Al Qaeda and supports Al Qaeda's global jihadist agenda.
- FOX News
And these are just the documented, unclassified instances where terrorism was thwarted. There's no telling how many near-disasters were avoided by the Bush administration's efforts. When you cite these specific instances to a liberal as proof that the Bush administration kept us safe after 9/11, be prepared for one of two arguments:
1) "Well, these attacks could have been thwarted with or without Bush."
2) "These are domestic attacks, and the war on terror had nothing to do with stopping them."
Both of these arguments can easily be shot down by the simple fact that many of the aforementioned thwarting was the result of information attained by the efforts in Bush's War on Terror. That's right folks, all that "invading" and "torturing" allowed us to avoid at least 20 documented terrorist attacks.
To which I imagine most liberals will reply, "But the war has had more casualties than any of those attacks would have had." This is probably true, but irrelevant given the fact that soldiers sign up to defend America precisely because they do not want innocent civilians to suffer from these types of terrorist attacks. Moreover, I can promise you, roughly 5,000 American soldiers have not given their lives in this war so that people could pretend like it hasn't made a difference, like it hasn't kept America safe.
Now you can argue against the aggressiveness with which Bush pursued keeping terrorism at bay, saying that his efforts have perhaps brewed international unrest with the US which might cause long term threats to our safety. But what is not debatable is that he kept American civilians safe after 9/11, because he absolutely did. The only reason liberals try to deny this fact is because they fear accepting it would invalidate their "righteous indignation" with the War on Terror.