Former President George W. Bush initially thought United flight 93 -- which crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 -- was shot down by military jets on his orders. The bombshell comes from his new memoir Decision Points set for publication next month.
According to excerpts seen by Drudge Report, Bush reveals that after the first two planes crashed into the World Trade Center, he gave the order to shoot down any more suspected hijacked jets.
However, the order could not be carried out before a hijacked plane crashed into The Pentagon. And the former president later learned it was passengers who caused flight 93 to crash. Many believe the hijackers were trying to make their way to the White House.
Decision Points opens with the line: "It was a simple question: 'Can you remember the last day you didn't have a drink?'" That refers to Bush's highly publicized battle with alcohol.
Bush has said this would be an unconventional memoir -- that opening line proves that.