The Pentagon wasn't the target as I've always understood the events of that Morning. It was a target of last resort. There were 4 planes....and 3
targets. and oh my God...would they have been golden to hurting the U.S. if it had worked.
The World Trade Center is obvious. I'll never understand why they fixated on that, but 1993 was the first try and obviously, they never gave up. They
finally got it right.
Washington though.... Oh my...... The ONLY person they would have missed in the National Command Authority, had they timed it better and been on time,
was President Bush himself. That wouldn't have helped though, because Bush would have been a broken and ruined man. A failure of a leader.... OR...he
would have gone postal in ways only a national leader can. Why do I say that?
On the morning of 9/11, as some may forget, there were a couple situations that made the day anything but random.
First.... The First Family AND Vice President were in the White House at the same time. Not a major occurance before 9/11 as it became for years
following, but you can bet they checked that before heading to the airports that morning.
More importantly though... Critically, in fact... Congress was in Session on BOTH sides and as I understood it, with very healthy attendance in both
the House and Senate.
Target #1: World Trade Center = America's Financial Base (Or so some small minded people believed)
Target #2: The White House = The next level or TWO of the National Command Authority is wiped out on the spot. The family of the President is wiped
out. The President survives...a shadow of his former self. Our national symbol is burned to the ground or just blown to pieces.
Target #3: The Capital Building = Almost the ENTIRE Legislative Branch is wiped out which makes replacing anyone, infinitely more complex. The
Constitution HAS no provision for mass replacement of entire branches of Government at once.
So.. All the conspiracy theories and ideas of what did or didn't happen aside.... I think that was the intended list and ..ahem..hitting the Pentagon
on the most fortified side of the building wasn't the plan.
I mean, how much worse could they have done? Of all 5 sides of the Pentagon, only THAT side had JUST finished re-fitting with fortification to
withstand truck bombs or whatever else may explode outside the building....and they happen to line up on THAT side to hit. It's almost insulting to
suggest they actually meant to do that. They may as well have driven a Pinto into a brick wall..and in some ways, they did.