Americans can be grateful that George W. Bush was our president on 9/11.

Perhaps never before has a person been better equipped to deal with such an historically tragic attack on our nation.

The man who stood in the midst of the rubble at the World Trade Center site, and announced with bullhorn in hand to our enemies that “the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon,” prevented a second 9/11.

How do we know that President Bush prevented a second attack? 9/11 mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, himself has said so.

In a new memoir, James E. Mitchell describes speaking with Mohammed about 9/11, in which the al Qaeda terrorist states unequivocally that he was not able to “launch a second wave of attacks” because of the “ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response.”

Via the Washington Post:

But perhaps the most riveting part of the book is what KSM told Mitchell about what inspired al-Qaeda to attack the United States — and the U.S. response he expected. Today, some on both the left and the right argue that al-Qaeda wanted to draw us into a quagmire in Afghanistan — and now the Islamic State wants to do the same in Iraq and Syria. KSM said this is dead wrong. Far from trying to draw us in, KSM said that al-Qaeda expected the United States to respond to 9/11 as we had the 1983 bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut — when, KSM told Mitchell, the United States “turned tail and ran.” He also said he thought we would treat 9/11 as a law enforcement matter, just as we had the bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the USS Cole in Yemen — arresting some operatives and firing a few missiles into empty tents, but otherwise leaving him free to plan the next attack.

“Then he looked at me and said, ‘How was I supposed to know that cowboy George Bush would announce he wanted us ‘dead or alive’ and then invade Afghanistan to hunt us down?’” Mitchell writes. “KSM explained that if the United States had treated 9/11 like a law enforcement matter, he would have had time to launch a second wave of attacks.” He was not able to do so because al-Qaeda was stunned “by the ferocity and swiftness of George W. Bush’s response.”

Thank God we had a leader that knew how to respond to terrorists by defining them as evil, and taking the fight to where they were hiding.

Another important observation here is that Mohammed also readily admits they expected two very liberal responses to the attacks on 9/11 – liberal responses that would have allowed them to be successful.

One, he expected the United States to ‘turn tail and run.’ Recall for a moment that Osama bin Laden once claimed to be emboldened in carrying out the World Trade Center attacks because of military action in Somalia. Bin Laden claimed to discover former President Bill Clinton had no stomach for military action and that under his leadership, America had become a “paper tiger.”

Two, Mohammed assumed the response from the United States would be to treat the terrorist attack as a law enforcement incident – something President Obama himself wanted to do with him and other terrorists in Gitmo. Obama tried desperately to have Mohammed face a civilian trial in New York City, only to have to abandon those plans due to resistance.

Had either man – President Clinton or President Obama – or maybe even Al Gore been leading our nation during that attack, a second attack would have likely been carried out.

Thank God for President George W. Bush.

Cross-posted at the Political Insider