The former New York City mayor who has sometimes been mocked for
using "a noun, a verb and 9/11" in stump speeches appears to have
forgotten -- or has mentally reclassified -- the worst terrorist attack
on American soil. "We had no domestic attacks under Bush," Rudy
Giuliani told ABC's George Stephanopoulos Friday.
Giuliani doesn't consider the attacks on 9/11 a "domestic" attack then
surely he forgot about the anthrax attacks of 2001.
While ABC's George Stephanopolous let Giuliani get away with his misstatement both during the interview and on his blog,
ABC's Jake Tapper called the former mayor out. "Giuliani's comments
that there were zero terrorist attacks under Bush, 1 under Obama, is
false no matter how you slice it," tweeted Tapper.
remark came amidst a jeremiad against President Barack Obama's handling
of the Christmas day Detroit airliner bombing suspect and appears at
about 3:21 in the below clip.
"What he should be doing is
following the right things that Bush did," Giuliani said. "One of the
right things he did was treat this as a war on terror -- we had no
domestic attacks under Bush; we had one under Obama."
The former mayor criticized Obama for opting to handle the alleged
bomber's case in civilian court, essentially saying that the problem
with civilian courts is that suspects are given lawyers.
put someone in a civilian court, within a short period of time a lawyer
is appointed and the person shuts up," he remarked. "If you have a
person in the military system, you can question him endlessly for as
long as you have to to make sure you've got the full scope of
Giuliani then praised Obama for using the phrase "war on terror."
very hopeful that President Obama turned a corner yesterday," he said.
"He first used the words, thank goodness, 'War on Terror.'"
In 2007, while campaigning for the Republican nomination for president, Giuliani told a New Hampshire crowd
that America would ultimately prevail against terrorists but that if a
Democrat was elected president the United States would suffer more
"But the question is how long will it take and how
many casualties will we have?" Giuliani said. "If we are on defense
[with a Democratic president], we will have more losses and it will go
"I listen a little to the Democrats and if one of
them gets elected, we are going on defense," Giuliani continued. "We
will wave the white flag on Iraq. We will cut back on the Patriot Act,
electronic surveillance, interrogation and we will be back to our
pre-Sept. 11 attitude of defense."
"The Democrats," he added, "do not understand the full nature and scope of the terrorist war against us."
Giuliani is the third high profile Republican to conveniently suggest
that no domestic terror attacks occurred on President Bush's watch or
to try to blame the Clinton administration for 9/11. Former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and GOP operative Mary Matalin also recently said similar things during TV appearances blasting President Obama for allegedly ignoring terrorism.