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Alan W.
pickerelus
San Francisco, CA
Post #: 1
I know this is not going to be popular here, but between 1993 and 2001 our Government foiled half a dozen or so plots to blow up the WTC. Most of these cases were prosecuted in the Eastern District of NY, Western District of New York and involved plans to smuggle explosives from Canada (along railways). Two things make me think that 9-11, at least in NYC, happened pretty much as reported: (1) the terrorists changed tactics when they were unable to get explosives into the WTC after so many failures; and (2) our government never publicly commented on all of the bombing plots it foiled after 9-11. Sadly, the tragic events of 9-11 galvanized public opinion to the point where we went on two ill advised military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. The war in Iraq, in particular, was purposeless. There were no weapons of mass destruction. We can't stop rape in this country and using it as a reason to invade a sovereign nation was an ingenious public relations move to win the support of women in the US for the war effort. It did, on the positive side, ruin the career of two Republican darlings: Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice. Moreover, no connection was ever made between 9-11 and Iraq. We invaded the wrong country at tremendous cost to our citizens and finances. The cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in both dollars and people deployed, wounded, killed and mentally and physically disabled as a result of their deployments, are the source of our current budget problems in the US (fiscal cliff, sequestration, etc.) and the cost of the Veteran's benefits resulting from both wars will continue for decades. Was it necessary to invade Afghanistan to assassinate Osama bin Laden? Doubtful.
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