Thursday, June 14, 2007

9-11 Revisited & Re-revisited

Bridgethought of the Day: Was 9-11 the result of insufficient draconian security measures, or inept foreign policy, or ... the consequences of ignoring intelligence information we had? Or shall we simply blame others, and solve all our problems by revenge?

Republican solution to all problems: Find your avenging angel, or avenging angelic host, as the case may be. Problem is, sometimes that "angel" turns devil on you. Revenge is never a cut-&-dried business, but always gets very messy.

Recent polls indicate that a significant number of Muslims in this country feel that 9-11 was somehow part of a conspiracy by the U.S. government. Being as the brunt of 9-11 vengeance hit the Muslim world and Muslims in particular over any other group by far, it should surprise no one that Muslims feel this is part of an American government conspiracy. Why suddenly are they targeted for wrath, when this was the work of a small group of extremists that many Muslims would argue are acting on anything but Islam, whose actions are actually prohibited by Islam? To them, it seems reasonable that a country like the U.S. could not be so incompetent as to allow a band of outlaws like this to cause such a major catastrophe, and a group of Muslims would not do such an obviously prohibited (haram) act.

However, they fail to take into account this Administration's penchant for incompetence, favoritism, and fantasy-led policies that often lead to totally incomprehensible conclusions. They also may fail to take into account that not all - in fact, many - Muslims are ignorant of their own religion, and use its name to justify agendas that have little nothing to do with religion to begin with.

With that, here are some excerpts from DC Downsizer's take on 9-11, which offers a reasonable assessment of U.S. culpability in this horrific event without jumping onto the conspiracy train:

"Given the subject of our latest campaign it seems incumbent upon us to
state where we stand on the subject of 9-11 Truth.
  • We feel there is sufficient evidence to assert that the federal government
    had all the powers and resources it needed to prevent the 9-11 attacks. *
  • It knew that Osama bin Laden was planning to attack the United States.*
  • It knew that Al Queda agents were operating in the country.* It knew that
    suicide attacks with airplanes were a real possibility.*
  • It knew that suspicious person were learning how to fly airplanes, with, in
    at least one case, an alarming disinterest in learning how to land them.
  • The federal government had the power, without the PATRIOT Act, or torture,
    or REAL ID, or illegal wiretaps, to learn everything it needed to know to stop
    the 9-11 attacks. If the federal government had simply used the powers and
    resources it already had the 9-11 attacks would have failed, and many thousands
    of people who are now dead would still be alive and in the arms of their
    families.9-11 is a textbook case of the government's congenital institutional
    inability to focus and perform competently.

If the federal government had simply done its job, using what it already had,
then there would have been no . . . *

  • Disastrous war in Iraq, *
  • Bloated Department of Homeland Security, *
  • Overbearing TSA, *
  • Invasive PATRIOT Act, *
  • Dangerous REAL ID Act, *
  • Unconscionable Torture-Tribunal law, *
  • Illegal spying on American citizens, *
  • Or a whole host of other government transgressions.

Here is the truth, with a little "t," about 9-11: It was a day of massive
government failure.

Here is another truth about 9-11: No one in government, and no institution of
the government, was held accountable, or paid any price, for this failure.

Here is another truth about 9-11: The federal government, and the people who
run it, were actually rewarded for their failure on 9-11, instead of being held
accountable. The federal government failed on 9-11, but the President and the
Congress did NOT hold themselves accountable for this failure. Instead, they
exploited their own incompetence to grant themselves massive new powers and
recources, at your expense. Worse still, Congress and the President have used
these massive new powers and resources to commit even larger failures, such as
the war in Iraq.

These new failures have made YOU LESS SECURE, rather than more secure.

Government fails consistently, because the institution of government, and the
people in government, NEVER PAY ANY PRICE for failure. Government fails
consistently, because the people in government are CONSISTENTLY REWARDED FOR FAILURE by gaining greater power and greater access to your wallet. The incentives by which our government operates are completely backward: Government is always rewarded for its failures, so its incentive is to constantly fail. This is the fundamental truth about 9-11.

Are there others truths that also matter and that have been neglected?
Perhaps. But the idea that the Bush administration somehow conspired with Al
Queda to bring about the attacks, is almost certainly not among them.It
makes zero sense that the Bush administration would have been capable of such a massive crime, but incapable, a few months later, of planting WMD's in Iraq.
On this basis alone, most of the 9-11 conspiracy theories are non-starters. This does not mean that the Bush administration did not exploit 9-11 to do things it wanted to do anyway. Of course it did.
Neither does it rule out that some members of the administration may have been
intentionally incompetent in order to permit the inciting "Pearl Harbor
incident" they were on record as hoping for in advance. But both of these things
are a far cry from most of the conspiracy theories that parade under the banner
of "9-11 Truth."

Sadly, the focus on wild theories has tarnished the words "9-11 Truth," and
made it harder to actually get at the truth. We have been inundated with
films and books and articles about 9-11. We have heard all the claims and
studied all the supposed evidence.Big claims require big evidence and many "9-11
Truth" claims fail this test.

This is why we recommend a documentary film called "9/11 Press for
.""9/11 Press for Truth" is different. It makes few claims, but presents a
lot of big evidence. Seeing this movie has prompted us to take action to compel
the federal government to re-investigate its own performance on 9-11, and to
assume a responsibility equal to its great powers. The proper federal response
to 9-11 should have been to downsize, streamline, and focus. Instead, it
used its own failures to upsize, complicate, and thrash about in all directions.
We want Congress to take another look at 9-11, and this time attribute
blame, impose penalties, and adopt policies that will enable government to
better overcome its innate incompetence."

After hearing so many lies, one is naturally skeptical about anyone who comes along, claiming to have "The Truth." I myself wouldn't have used this expression. And in trying to "downsize" and "streamline" government, there's always the tricky situation of having to make more government laws and requiring more government enforcement in order to have less government intrusion. But I'm sure there are many intelligent enough to pull it off. If only there were more intelligent enough not to believe everything they hear.


Jim Babka said...

Thank you. You get it! You should see my email inbox. So many didn't. Thank you. Oh, and did I say, thank you? -- Jim Babka,

Bruce said...

This goes back even further. Bush the elder knew damned well that the mode of warfare in the middle east, especially among Muslims, includes attacks upon civilians. He also knew that U.S. military presence would breed resentment among Muslims. Indeed, when U.S. and foreign troops were sent into Beruit in 1982, the results were attacks upon American civilians and civilians of the foreign nations that also participated in the Lebanon peacekeeping mission. Also note that even though the U.S. has supported Israel since its inception in 1948, the U.S. suffered few (virtually no) Islamic/Arab/Palestinian attacks upon U.S. interests. (There were two incidents however -- an attack upon the Saudi Embassy in Darfur in which two American diplomats were killed, amongst others. But this attack was not specifically against Americans. And there was the Iran hostage incident of 1979, which again can be attributed to anti-American resentment due to U.S. installation and support of the Shah.)

So Bush the elder KNEW the type of response to expect if there was prolonged U.S. military presence in the Arab lands of the middle east -- terrorist attacks upon the U.S. and U.S. interests. In fact, those attacks commenced shortly after the Gulf War, with the first bombing of the WTC.

I think the neo-cons and the imperialists welcomed those attacks, knowing full well that if a bad enough attack occurred, they could get all of the oppressive expansion of U.S. government power they dreamed of, including a more imperialistic U.S. foreign policy.

One does not have to posit some hidden conspiracy regarding the 9-11 attacks. One just has to look at the public actions of daddy Bush's administration and ask oneself what the likely consequences of that adminstration's foreign policy would be and whether those consequences are something that daddy Bush's administration should have known.

Daddy Bush and the neo-cons knew those types of attacks would occur and that they would be able to use them for their political goals.

omyma said...

Interesting that you should see this as a consequence of Bush I policies - which I believe is true. But did all the Clinton years not bring about any change? There was quite a time lapse between Bush I & II - except for those who see 8 years as just a brief vacation. Let's hope the next administration will act more responsibly, intelligently, and with bigger ears for those with good advice.
- Omyma