Flashback: Biden on 9/10/01 Warned the 'Real Threat' May Come in 'The Belly of a Plane'
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Before 9/11, the Bush administrationâ€™s national security focus was on missile defense, not terrorism. In fact, on 9/11, then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice was set to deliver a speech that focused â€œlargely on missile defense.â€ Writing at the Huffington Post, Joe Cirincione â€” president of the Ploughshares Fund â€” recalls this quote from Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) on Sept. 10, 2001, warning against the Bush administrationâ€™s approach:
We will have diverted all that money to address the least likely threat while the real threats come into this country in the hold of a ship, or the belly of a plane, or are smuggled into a city in the middle of the night in a vial in a backpack.
Cirincione writes, â€œIf George Bush had listened to Joe Biden instead of Donald Rumsfeld, the history of the past seven years would have been very different. We might have prevented 9/11.â€
Faiz Shakir is the Research Director at the Center for American Progress and serves as Editor of ThinkProgress.org and The Progress Report.