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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

A day to remember, but a day to think as well

Least we forget that far too many of us (including the person writing this) turned off thinking after 9/11.  Bin Laden is dead but did he completely lose?

We did exactly what he wanted, by invading Afghanistan and Iraq.  Bin Laden said the United States was an empire and he proved it when we went to war with Iraq, a country that never attacked the United States but was full of oil.

The Bush administration was the zenith of a neo-conservative movement that was led by blundering idiocy and arrogance. Starting wars of aggression padded with propaganda against a fearful American populous.

The writing was on the wall years before the 9/11 attacks, it took a special negligent administration not to stop them as a New York Times piece entitled The Deafness Before the Storm, via NYT:

That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible.

But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. An intelligence official and a member of the Bush administration both told me in interviews that the neoconservative leaders who had recently assumed power at the Pentagon were warning the White House that the C.I.A. had been fooled; according to this theory, Bin Laden was merely pretending to be planning an attack to distract the administration from Saddam Hussein, whom the neoconservatives saw as a greater threat. Intelligence officials, these sources said, protested that the idea of Bin Laden, an Islamic fundamentalist, conspiring with Mr. Hussein, an Iraqi secularist, was ridiculous, but the neoconservatives’ suspicions were nevertheless carrying the day.

In response, the C.I.A. prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from Bin Laden was real.--"  *REST IS HERE


PBS Frontline's piece, The Man Who Knew:


Watch The Man Who Knew on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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