On tour promoting Days of Infamy, a new novel about World War II he coauthored with history professor William Forstchen, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich responded during a Q&A session at a New York bookstore with an unusual, even provocative, perspective about why the United States hasn’t been hit with more terrorist attacks. “I honestly don’t know,” he told a questioner, “I would have expected another attack.” Not leaving it at that, the ever-loquacious ex-congressman, who once taught history himself, called the absence of additional terrorism “one of the great tragedies of the Bush administration.”
On June 5, the Senate Intelligence Committee, concluding five years of investigations (and partisan disagreements), released its report about whether the Bush administration had based its decision to attack Iraq on valid intelligence estimates or had lied us into war. The New York Times summed up the report: “The 170-page report accuses Mr. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and other top officials of repeatedly overstating the Iraqi threat in the emotional aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. Its findings were endorsed by all eight committee Democrats and two Republicans, Senators Olympia Snowe of Maine and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.”
President Bush joined over 1,100 participants at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Middle East conference at Sharm el-Sheihk, Egypt, May 18-20. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict was one of the center-stage items, and the conference provided added pressure to follow through with the U.S.-backed Paris donor conference pledges of 2007, at which the United States and other countries promised a massive $7.7 billion aid package to the Palestinian Authority run by terrorist Mahmoud Abbas and the PLO.
Is President Bush planning a military strike against Iran (and perhaps Syria too) before leaving office? The administration’s internationalist neoconservative advisers continue to push for it, as does the neocon talk-radio chorus. The president gave some telling nods in that direction during his recent Middle East trip.
In March 2007, President Bush joined Mexico’s President Calderon in Merida, Mexico, for a three-day visit aimed at advancing the economic and political convergence agenda of the North American Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP). In October, President Bush announced his “Merida Initiative,” a scheme to give $1.4 billion in aid to Mexico’s police and military over three years, ostensibly to fight Mexico’s notorious drug cartels.