Remember, attacks like 9/11 provide "opportunities". Let's take a complete look at all of those statements made by BushCo.
Here's all the one's I've been able to dig up:
Referring to the attacks and the present political situation, Bush tells the meeting:
“This is a great opportunity. We have to think of this
as an opportunity.”
According to journalist Bob Woodward, he meant it was a chance to improve relations, especially with major powers such
as Russia and China. The 9/11 Commission Reports account, on page 330, is as follows:
The President noted that the attacks provided a great
opportunity to engage Russia and China
September 19, 2001, GWB:
Progress is being made. Madam President, I said at the time, through my tears I see opportunity. One of the
opportunities I saw was the ability not to put -- not only for freedom-loving nations to come together to say resolutely we will fight terrorism, but
I felt like there would be -- this event may shake up the attitudes of the Middle East where people would end up resolving to show the world that
there could be peace there as well. www.yale.edu...
I'd like to remind everyone that when Bush talks about "Freedom", it's the "freedom" to imperialistically dominate the globe, and the Middle
East in particular:
"Freedom" = Imperialism: It's in the Language
April 29, 2002, Condoleezza Rice:
If that is right, if the collapse of the Soviet Union and 9/11 bookend a major shift in international
politics, then this is a period not just of grave danger, but of enormous opportunity. Before the clay is dry again, America and our friends and our
allies must move decisively to take advantage of these new opportunities. This is, then, a period akin to 1945 to 1947, when American leadership
expanded the number of free and democratic states -- Japan and Germany among the great powers -- to create a new balance of power that favored
Again, "freedom" is in the same context here. It was that period
she spoke of that true modern American Imperialism finally took shape. And of course Rummy had the same thing to say:
October 12, 2001, Don Rumsfeld:
the kind of opportunities that World War II offered, to refashion the world.
Interview with the New York Times," New York Times, October 12, 2001
Condi using the same sort of context and language:
think about 'how do you capitalize on these opportunities' to fundamentally change...the
shape of the world.
see Chalmers Johnson, "The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic p. 229
The National Security Strategy of the United States of America, issued by the Bush administration in September 2002:
The events of September
11, 2001, opened vast, new opportunities. www.whitehouse.gov...
October 20, 2001, Dubya:
Out of the sorrow of September 11th, I see opportunity -- a chance for nations and their leaders to strengthen and to
rethink and reinvigorate our relationships. We share more than a common enemy, we share a common goal: to expand our ties of trade and trust. And
now we must seize the opportunity.
Here, on 9/12/01, it seems that the anti-Saddam forces are already experiencing the same sort of sentiment:
Veteran CIA operative John Maguire
calls long-time friend Mohammed Abdullah al-Shahwani, a former Iraqi general, and tells him, “It’s showtime.” Maguire and al-Shahwani worked
together in the ‘90s on a covert plan to overthrow the Iraqi government, but the plan was never approved by the Clinton White House. Maguire
believes the 9/11 attacks have provided the long awaited opportunity to remove Saddam Hussein.
And he wasn't the only one feeling the "opporunity" in regards to Iraq:
Archie Dunham, chairman of ConocoPhillips, tells the Financial Times:
We know where the best reserves are [and] we covet the opportunity to get
those some day. [Financial Times, 2/25/2003]
It also seems that "Osama" uses similar rhetoric:
Targeting America in Iraq in terms of economy and losses in life is a golden and unique
opportunity. Do not waste it only to regret it later. One of the most important reasons that led our enemies to control our land is the theft of our
Meanwhile it would seem that miltary planners are awaiting their next "opportunity" to extend global hegemony even further:
Another attack could create both a justification and an opportunity that is lacking today to retaliate against some known targets.
Are there any blanks that I missed? It doesn't seem that they're all archived together in any one place, until now.