The silly remark by Donald trump blaming George Bush for 9/11 said more about Trump (vengeful blabbermouth) than Bush but opens the subject of responsibility for that sad day. Bush had been in office only a few months when that massacre happened and had hardly learned the then-layout of the White House which he had only visited before. Holding him accountable made Trump appear totally devoid of any understanding of international affairs or how intelligence gathering seemed to have wilted on the vine before 2001.
Obama has unfairly blamed Bush for every bad decision he (Obama) has made. Bush, however, could have blamed Bill Clinton fairly and firmly for at least trying too little to see that the country never suffered such an attack, in the first place. Clinton might have taken issue with people like Trump over the first bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993 since he, too, had taken office only months before; however, he did mess up royally in not neutralizing Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda during his term in office, thus perhaps assuring—if not guaranteeing—that 9/11 would never have happened.
In 1996, the Khobar Towers was bombed in Saudi Arabia, killing 23 U.S. servicemen and 300 others, the work of terrorists. In that same year, Sudanese officials offered to arrest Osama bin Laden and ensconce him in Saudi Arabia, where Clinton could get his hands on him, one way or another. The Saudis balked and Clinton, with considerable leverage, did nothing, whereupon Osama went to Afghanistan, there to plan other terrorist attacks, including 9/11. Fifteen of the nineteen 9/11 suicide-bombers were Saudis.
Two such attacks took place on U.S. embassies in Africa—Kenya and Tanzania—in 1998. Al Qaeda was hard at work and Clinton, with full knowledge of Osama's planning, managed to have missiles fired from ships in the Red Sea that destroyed a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan (ostensibly for making chemical weapons) and harmlessly impacting a handful of training sites in Afghanistan, also in 1998.
Yet, in 2000, U.S. drones overflew al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan, facilities that should already have been bombed out of existence, beginning at least four years before. Osama's headquarters had been in Afghanistan during that entire time, where plans were being made for 9/11. Also in 2000, the USS Cole was attacked in a Yemen port by the terrorists, resulting in 17 killed and 39 wounded.
This means that Bush came into office immediately after a U.S. president for eight years had been on international vacation, the worst result being the 9/11 bloodbath that might have been avoided if anyone in the administration had been awake enough to see the potential for al Qaeda massacres. What did Clinton know and when did he know it and what did he do, if anything? He certainly had knowledge of the enemy, as proven by what little he actually did to stop Osama...too little too late.
President Bill Clinton's negligence was replicated by State Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2012 when her ambassador to Libya, which she and Obama had treated to its own U.S.-manufactured massacre, killing Libyans over a seven-month period in 2011, repeatedly requested more security, all requests documented in multiple communications unearthed by the current House Benghazi Committee. State Department officials have admitted that Ambassador Christopher Stevens' requests were denied. .
According to Defense Intelligence Agency documents made available to the Defense and State Departments as well as the White House Security Counsel on 12 September 2012, the Benghazi attack had been planned ten days before it took place by a terrorist group called the BCOAR, named in honor of Abdul Rahman, the blind terrorist petrifying in a U.S. prison. In spite of this, Clinton and Obama appeared in the Rose Garden to claim the attack was just a protest of a silly 13-minute film about Mohammad. Then-UN Ambassador Susan Rice (now unbelievably the National Security Adviser in the White House) regurgitated that LIE on five TV stations a few days later.
Four people had been murdered in Benghazi and this was the best these three “leaders” could come up with to mask their incompetence. To show how ignorant of reality she is and therefore dangerous, Hillary recommended the other day that the U.S. declare and maintain a no-fly zone over Syria, an area now populated by planes and drones from both the U.S. and Russia. That level of stupidity and her compulsion to LIE automatically dis-qualify her for the presidency.
As for Trump...throwing the mouth in gear before engaging the brain is to throw forth sewage.
And so it goes.