L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, said Sunday he regrets a statement he made more than six months before the Sept. 11 attacks that the Bush administration was “paying no attention” to terrorism.
Bremer said any implied criticism that President Bush was not acting against terrorism was “unfair.”
Ahead of the November election, Bush is facing criticism he didn’t make terrorism his No. 1 priority before the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center and then weakened the war on terror by invading Iraq and shifting the focus from Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network. The resurfacing of Bremer’s comments added to administration frustrations.
Just to remind you, here’s the original story that I posted last week with the link to the article in the Chicago Reader that cites Bremer’s original speech where he knocks the Bush administration stance on terrorism.
I guess Bremer woke up with a horse’s head in his bed.