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“Policymakers have a right to their own opinions, but not their own set of facts.”
These words belong to former CIA director George J. Tenet, the man many accuse of being indirectly responsible for the invasion of Iraq in 2003. It is thought that the Bush Administration made the decision to deploy troops based on intelligence gathered by Tenet and his agency. But in his book “In the Center of The Storm”, the former director claims President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney were determined to attack Saddam Hussein long before the tragedy of 9/11 – and frequently embellished intelligence reports in order to get support for the war.
The politicians’ desires had perfect timing, too. The post-9/11 nation was gripped by fear and insecurity, so that many readily believed that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Moreover, a Gallup poll taken in 2002 showed that most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for the WTC attacks themselves. And their fear was used to fund the military campaigns US troops led around the world.
An argument can be made for the US invasion of Afghanistan at the time – it was a direct military response to an attack. But what began as a reaction was taken by the policymakers and changed into an action – one of military aggression and nothing shy of a hostile takeover. And as the days went by, bringing more and more casualties and taking away taxpayer dollars with it, many began to question these actions, wondering why one day in the United States justified 4000 days in Afghanistan, with hundreds of soldiers and civilians dying daily – and the fact that not one of the 19 people directly involved in the 9/11attacks was actually from Afghanistan.
The operation to kill all-time super villain, Osama Bin Laden, carried out by Navy SEAL commandos inside Pakistan with no notification to a supposed ally, was typical of the “war on terror”. Still, it gave hope to many, hope of bringing this costly – every possible meaning – war to an end. But instead, the FBI and Interpol have replaced Bin Laden with Gaddafi on their wanted lists as the devil du jour. And the war goes on…
“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death,” said Dr Martin Luther King. He was speaking about the Vietnam War, but it is still appropriate today, because “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today” – Dr King again – is still waging its clichéd war on terror – and does not look likely to stop.
Originally posted by TheThirdAdam
It doesn't. You cannot wage war on terrorism just like you can't wage war on drugs. What I cannot figure out is how there are enough people in DC that honestly do not fathom this line of reasoning (assuming of course that there was no hidden agenda). Can anyone honestly tell me that the same government who now has the world wiretapped and under satellite video monitoring could not possibly find and bring to justice those who were resposible for 9/11 in a more swift and cost efficient mannor?