Selected Quotes

Here are a handful of quotes from the database that suggest the depth and breadth of issues seemingly related to 9/11:

  1. 9/7/1957
    President Eisenhower “said he wanted to promote the idea of an Islamic jihad against godless communism. ‘We should do everything possible to stress the *holy war* aspect,’ he said at a September [7] 1957 White House meeting . . .”
    – Legacy of Ashes; Tim Weiner, page 158
  2. 6/28/2001
    “On June 28 [2001], CIA Director George Tenet sent a written communiqué to [National Security Advisor Condoleezza] Rice. ‘It is highly likely,’ he wrote, ‘that a significant al Qaeda attack is in the near future–within several weeks.’ ”
    – 1000 Years for Revenge; Peter Lance, page 405
  3. 9/12/2001
    Counterterrorism czar Richard Clarke recalled his meetings at the White House on September 12, 2001: ” ‘Later in the day, Secretary [of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld complained that there were no decent targets for bombing in Afghanistan and that we should consider bombing Iraq, which, he said, had better targets. At first, I thought Rumsfeld was joking. But he was serious and the President [Bush] did not reject out of hand the idea of attacking Iraq. Instead, he noted that what we needed to do with Iraq was to change the government, not just hit it with more cruise missiles, as Rumsfeld had implied.’ ”
    – A Pretext for War; James Bamford, pages 285-286
  4. 9/15/2001
    “Only a few days after September 11 [2001], [CIA Director George George] Tenet writes, a CIA analyst attended a White House meeting where he was told that Bush wanted to remove Saddam. The analyst’s response, according to Tenet: ‘If you want to go after that son of a bitch to settle old scores, be my guest. But don’t tell us he is connected to 9/11 or to terrorism because there is no evidence to support that. You will have to have a better reason.’ ” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]
    – The Military Error; Thomas Powers, page 106
  5. 9/17/2007
    In his memoir, The Age of Turbulence, published on September 17, 2007, former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Alan Greenspan wrote: “I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.”
    – The Age of Turbulence; Alan Greenspan, page 463