When Richard Clarke was testifying before the 9/11 commision earlier this year he stated "they were aware of the possibility of a plot by al-Qaida involving airplanes in attacks against the U.S.A. prior to 9/11". Then later National Security advisor Condolezza Rice refuted Clarke's statement saying that "before 9/11 happened she hadn't been aware or heard of a plot by al-Qaida to use airplanes in attacks against the U.S.A.". I couldn't imagine that she wouldn't have known, even before 9/11 i had heard on a news program of the possibility of such a plot. Since the time Mrs. Rice made that statement, the Bush administration has admitted that they were aware of a possible terror attack prior to 9/11. She knowingly lied about this, more than likely she was told to lie. Instead of taking heed to Richard Clarke's advice about the threat of terrorism, Bush didn't take it seriously and chose to ignore it, and focused his efforts towards invading Iraq. Even though Bush knew al-Qaida was responsible for the attacks, he wanted desperately to find a way to implicate that Iraq may have been involved also. If they had done what Richard Clarke had advised them to do instead of ignoring it, 9/11 may have been prevented or the effects could have been lessened. Bush don't want the American people to realize that he was more concerned with his vendetta against Saddam Hussein, than preventing terrorism. G W Bush should have done something that may have prevented the deaths of nearly 3,000 people in the 9/11 attacks, but he didn't even try. He didn't even think it was serious enough to warn the country, instead he went on vacation.