Why Trump Was Right About Bush's 9/11 Record

Setting the record straight on the warnings ahead of September 11, 2001

Finally, as we severely criticized President Putin for his Ukrainian intervention, we must say that we still give him kudos for his warning and desire to help America in its struggle against Islamic terrorism at that time. In Rice’s words, he saw the struggle against terrorism at that time as the “new epicenter of Russia’s relationship with the United States.” Only when the West began to support the 2003-2004 color revolutions in the Ukraine and Georgia did Putin begin speaking not of cooperation but of the “encirclement of Russia” by the aggressive United States.

We also applaud Trump: instead of following the GOP’s politically correct line of never criticizing a president of one’s own party, he rejects political correctness and calls things as he sees them.

Henry Kissinger has argued that the deep international crises affecting the globe provide a unique opportunity to build a new world order. It is doubtful that President Obama, in the remaining time of his tenure, will be able to engage in such an effort with Putin. Among the Republican presidential contenders, moreover, it is only Trump who proposes a policy of limited partnership with Russia in Syria. No wonder Putin already de facto cast a vote for him for the first time in Russian history during the primaries. If he wins, the primaries and general election perhaps he and Putin will return to the original Putin doctrine: The struggle against terrorism as the new epicenter of Russia’s relationship with the United States. This is one of the reasons why the 2016 elections are of such crucial importance in preventing a new Cold War.

Jiri Valenta is President of the Institute of Post-Communist Studies and Terrorism. (This article is based on excerpts of our forthcoming book, Follies of U.S. Policy-makers: 9/11, Iraq War of Choice and Benghazi-gate, Copyright, JVLV.) A long-standing member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is the recipient of numerous prestigious fellowships—Brookings, CFR, Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller, Peace Institute, Fulbright and more, as well as grants from the PEW and Konrad Adenauer Foundations. He is also the author of Soviet Intervention in Czechoslovakia, 1968, Anatomy of a Decision and other books.

Leni Friedman Valenta is the CEO of our Institute and co-writer and editor-in-chief of its Web site, jvlv.net. She has contributed to scholarly publications such as the National Interest, the Aspen Review, the Miami Herald, Kyiv Post, Georgian Messenger (Tbilisi) and the Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rica. She is also a regular blogger for the Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow. A graduate cum laude of Brandeis University, she is the recipient of an MFA from the Yale School of Drama in Playwriting. She is also a playwright and painter.

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