by Max Brantley
It's gotten him some attention, a lot of it unflattering. Others have noted, as we did, how dishonest Cotton was in claiming a perfect record for George W. Bush, if, first, you don't count the thousands killed in the 9/11 attacks on Bush's watch.
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.
Cotton tried to narrow the parameters to make his case accurate, specifying "jihadists" who "reached their targets."
By that accounting, the Bush record on terror attacks was perfect. Obama, meanwhile, has racked up five terror attacks, notwithstanding that two of the plots Cotton cited — the Times Square bombing and the underwear bombing — failed.