Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has released a copy of notes Vice President Cheney made in the margins of Joseph Wilson's New York Times article, which precipitated the outting of Valerie Plame as a CIA agent. But it turns out these aren't the only margin notes that give insight into Bush Administration plans. Ever since September 11 it has been a mystery what President Bush was thinking in the seven minutes after Andrew Card told him that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center and before he finally left a class reading My Pet Goat to board Air Force One. I have obtained a copy of the book with President Bush's notes in the margin, which you can see below, and the insights it gives into the President's thoughts during these seven minutes is remarkable. During this small window of time the President apparently figured out that Osama Bin Laden was behind the attacks, drew up detailed battle plans for the invasion of "Irak" [sic], formulated the idea of the "Axis of Evil," anticipated the words he would write ("Let Freedom Reign!") on the note that declared that hostilities in Iraq had ended [sic], invented a fuel-efficient car that literally runs on horsepower and jotted down an equation from Einstein's Theory of Relativity (click on the picture to get a better look). This amazing document is sure to transform our perception of Bush's reaction upon hearing the news that America was under attack.
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