April 26, 2013
An odd argument that President George W. Bush kept America safe from terrorism “except for 9/11” made its way to the House floor Wednesday, coming from Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
The claim resurfaced on the right immediately after the Boston bombings, and made its way back into conservative punditry in the days that followed, Steve Benen reported.
As Benen and others have noted, it’s hard to ignore the nearly 3,000 people who died on 9/11 and the hundreds who have been killed since in tallying Bush’s terrorism record. But the “since 9/11” count also leaves out the 2002 shooting at the Los Angeles International Airport, the anthrax attacks after 9/11, the recent ricin letters, the Richard Reid shoe bombing, and the D.C.-area snipers.