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George W. Bush warns of danger from domestic terrorists on 9/11 anniversary

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© Reuters. Former U.S. President George W. Bush speaks during an event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Stoystown, Pennsylvania, U.S., September 11, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah Beier

By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (Reuters) -On the 20th anniversary of the deadliest attack on U.S. soil, George W. Bush, who was president at the time, warned of a new danger coming from within the country.

"We have seen growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come, not only across borders, but from violence that gathers within," Bush said on Saturday at the 9/11 memorial site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"There is little cultural overlaps between violent extremists abroad and violent extremists at home ... they are children of the same foul spirit, and it is our continuing duty to confront them."

The United States has seen an uptick https://www.reuters.com/world/us/white-supremacist-groups-pose-rising-us-threat-garland-says-2021-05-12 in homegrown terror threats in recent years, particularly from white supremacists, capped by the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by followers of Republican former President Donald Trump.

The attackers were hoping to stop U.S. lawmakers from certifying the election that Trump lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

Bush, recalling the unity of the American people after the attacks, appealed for a return to that spirit amid growing political division in the country.

"When it comes to unity of America, those days seem distant from our own," the Republican former president said. "Malign force seems at work in our common life ... so much of our politics has become a naked appeal to anger, fear and resentment."

Trump did not attend any formal 9/11 events on Saturday. In the afternoon, he repeated his frequent lie that the 2020 election was "rigged" to a group of New York police officers at a precinct near his Manhattan home, and said the city's crime would stop if police were allowed to act as they wished.

Bush and his wife Laura, as well as Vice President Kamala Harris, were attending a ceremony at the Shanksville site where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed after passengers overpowered the hijackers. The plane crashed in a field, preventing another target from being hit.

"In the sacrifice of the first responders, in the mutual aid of strangers, in the solidarity of grief and grace, the actions of an enemy revealed the spirit of a people," Bush said, describing the country's reaction. "We were proud of our wounded nation."

BUSH ON AFGHANISTAN PULLOUT

Bush's has rarely spoken publicly about the 9/11 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Shanksville, since leaving office.

The attacks prompted Bush to launch a U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan that ousted the Taliban from control in Kabul and sent al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden into hiding.

His administration's subsequent invasion of Iraq, based on the erroneous claim that Saddam Hussein's authoritarian government had illicit weapons of mass destruction diverted resources https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/americas-longest-war-20-years-missteps-afghanistan-2021-08-16 and attention from Afghanistan, leaving U.S. strategy there adrift, former officials and experts say.

Biden's withdrawal of remaining U.S. military forces in Afghanistan at the end of August, months after a deadline set by Trump, triggered harsh criticism from both Democrats and Republicans, as a lightning-fast Taliban takeover stranded Americans and Afghans seeking to evacuate.

In a July interview with German state broadcaster Deutsche Welle, Bush called the pullout a mistake and said he worried "the consequences are going to be unbelievably bad."

Speaking about U.S. veterans who served in Afghanistan, Bush said "you have been a force for good in the world and nothing that has followed can tarnish your honor."

George W. Bush warns of danger from domestic terrorists on 9/11 anniversary
 

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Jack Zhang
Jack_A Sep 12, 2021 6:18PM ET
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looking at the comments, the country is completely sick and divided: this is the biggest threat!
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 12, 2021 5:24PM ET
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Yes, the ***brigade (antifa), socialists, and communists are the threat.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Sep 12, 2021 5:22PM ET
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LOL
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Sep 12, 2021 4:53PM ET
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The Marxists & Traitors are his kind... the Patriots are the other half who they dont like. Power is clouding all their minds.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Sep 12, 2021 4:52PM ET
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Says the man who failed at protecting us from 9-11. Don't forget we old enough to remember 1993 they attempted to take down the towers with a truck bomb. Bush did nothing prior to that attack and then 9-11 . He failed at the southern border as well as 5 presidents before him as well. They all have blood on their hands
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Sep 12, 2021 3:38PM ET
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left wing, right wing, same bird. Reject the 2 party system
Phil Ht
Phil Ht Sep 12, 2021 2:57PM ET
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Disgusting. His handling of the middle east was viciously destructive on so msnt levels.
Forex Harbingers
Forex Harbingers Sep 12, 2021 2:57PM ET
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So was Obama's and currently Biden. They are all P.O.S's
Ominous Owl
Ominous Owl Sep 12, 2021 12:33AM ET
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White people danger? Who stole Sofas & TVs from the malls during BLM riots? I have saved videos with multiple backups. Christopher Hitchens predicted this minority card politics back in 1990s. All sounds prophetic right now.
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Sep 11, 2021 10:10PM ET
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I'm a life long republican . Bit this guy makes me sick and 5 presidents before him. This guy is just as guilty as all the others that did absolutely nothing to protect our southern border and had the audicity to talk about domestic terrorists . I miss Trump
Rick Baier
Rick Baier Sep 11, 2021 10:10PM ET
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Lol. But seriously I am not.
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy Sep 11, 2021 9:14PM ET
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Bush never had a brain anyway. He really thinks white terrorism is a threat.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Sep 11, 2021 8:45PM ET
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When will Bush stand trail for 9/11 and Iraq/ Afghanistan wars???
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Sep 11, 2021 8:45PM ET
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he attacked Iraq 🇮🇶 base on false and fabricated evendce and still Iraqi are terrorists. there is no justice in this world
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Sep 11, 2021 7:20PM ET
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More “white people bad” Reuters drivel.. The domestic terrorists in US are NOT white at all. The deadly riots by BLM and antifa are the center of any and all domestic terrorism in US. Everyone who is not racist knows that.
Thomas Vulcani
Thomas Vulcani Sep 11, 2021 6:58PM ET
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We will no longer accept the false words of Bush, Obama, and Biden. Violence is our response.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Sep 11, 2021 6:36PM ET
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This mf knew this attack was going to happen. I could see it in his face when he received the news of second plane crashing into trade center. All for the war machine. Everyone line their pockets with cash
Transparent Labs
Transparent Labs Sep 11, 2021 6:36PM ET
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They knew it was going to happen so they rigged building 7 and Pentagon where the files and missing trillions records were kept
Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Sep 11, 2021 5:52PM ET
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Reuters and their propaganda continue.... "anyone not conforming is a ****.  Reuters and Bloomberg say if you do not conform you must be rascist, homophobic, sexist, religious zealot, and/or fascist.  In reality, you are free.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Sep 11, 2021 5:12PM ET
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I expect a ********attack, and think there will be many questionable details in the aftermath.
Thomas Vulcani
Thomas Vulcani Sep 11, 2021 5:10PM ET
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What an absolute joke. ******just like daddy.
David JC
David JC Sep 11, 2021 4:56PM ET
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It would be great to think Bush the Second was talking about Antifa but I'm sure he wasn't...typical RINO
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Sep 11, 2021 3:23PM ET
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bush is a neocon warlord who let bin laden escape and cost hundreds of thousands of lives. he's pure skull and bones evil.
American Truth
American Truth Sep 11, 2021 2:56PM ET
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RINOs like bush are the problem. Until the republican party purges these back stabbers, nothing can change.
milena villa escobar
milena villa escobar Sep 11, 2021 1:34PM ET
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Hypocrite
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 11, 2021 1:08PM ET
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The same dark forces that used 911 to pass Patriot Act to spy on Americans without a warrant are using Covid 19 pandemic to bypass Constitution and create credit score system similar to China with vaccine passport to control every human under global communist state of unelected elite and bureaucrats in Davos.
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Sep 11, 2021 1:08PM ET
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you're already being tracked by that thing you're sitting on the toilet reading.
Mariusz Virtue
Mariusz Virtue Sep 11, 2021 1:05PM ET
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Bush should be making statements from PRISON!!
Daniel Hodel
Daniel Hodel Sep 11, 2021 1:04PM ET
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The Bush family. War mongers that created the new world order to divide citizens, and profit off of it.
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 11, 2021 1:01PM ET
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George W. Bush was instrumental in letting attack happen to follow his father New World Order. Day before attack Defense Rumsfield had just admitted trillions had been looted out of Pentagon.
 
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