Originally Posted by iPoster
True, but it's not like life in Afghanistan was all sunshine and lollipops under the Taliban.
Yes. you're so right there. Life was (and still is) hellish there, especially for women. But a dearth of human and civil rights in any particular country, or under any regime has *never* been the the motivation behind *ANY* war that the US has started... and there have been many dozens of those in the last century.
But here's a question: How many times has the US pulled together a huge military task force to invade a country 10,000 miles away, JUST TO CAPTURE AND DETAIN ONE MAN?
How many times has this ever happened in world history? ......
......... Probably never.... yet the prior administration used this utterly preposterous
reason to justify this asinine reaction in front of the US people and congress, and everyone swallowed the toxic neocon koolaid without even asking a question... we were all "shocked and awed", as a result of 9/11, and nobody dared come to their senses, except Rep. Barbara Lee, whose brave act was shot down by the herd of weasels and appeasers in DC and the media. Our alleged representatives were coerced into the absurd notion that asking questions was an "unpatriotic" act. (!). (This is still the case, according to some of the most prominent talking-heads in the corporate media).
I'll state it again: The war in Afghanistan (ie the greater plan to "redraw the map of the middle east) was first planned in the late 1990s, and then was one of the first items to be discussed by the 2001 Bush Administration in the first week after GWB's inauguration, and the first US military units were actually stationed in that theater of operations by late August of 2001.
Taking these facts into consideration, one has to ask:
(1) Was the war in Afghanistan a REACTION to 9/11, or
(2) Was the war in Afghanistan ENABLED by 9/11?
Or a bit of both?
Considering the following facts about Osama bin Laden, the reason for the 9 year US/coalition presence in Afghanistan about which we were "informed" :
(1) He's *NOT* Wanted by the FBI for 9/11. *QUOTE* ".... we have no hard evidence linking OBL to the crimes of 9/11
- FBI spokesman Rex Tomb, 2006.
(2) OBL has *NOT* been indicted
by US Dept. Of Justice for any crime related to the 9/11 attacks. (Why not indeed?)
(3) OBL's "confession" videotape found in Jalalabad is most likely fake, debunked by experts all over the world. The Pentagon's translation that the entire US public was subjected to, over and over on the media, was completely fabricated.
(4) OBL was visited by CIA agents and station chief Larry Mitchell, Dubai, June 2001, while he was on the FBI's "Most Wanted" List for various bombings in Africa. He was neither arrested nor detained.
(Le Figaro, 2001)
(5) 9/10/2001: CBS News: OBL stayed at a hospital the night before 9/11/2001 in a joint Pakistan/US military/intelligence facility in Rawalpindi, which submits daily briefs to Washington DC. OBL was escorted in and out under tight security. Again, he was neither arrested nor detained. This was the last reliable public sighting of OBL.
(6) OBL "escaped" the US military after being "surrounded" in Afghanistan no less than 4 times in 2001/2002. (!) !) (!) [sarcasm]Some enemy!!! [/sarcasm]
(7) OBL's subsequent video broadcasts have all been proven as fakes, or recorded at times long prior to their broadcast.
(8) According to Central Intelligence: There are no connections
between OBL's personal finances, and 9/11 funding.
(9) OBL's relatives were allowed to exit the US, on a private flight immediately after 9/11 (while private flights were grounded by the FAA)... without been questioned by the FBI.
(10) For 10 years, there has been a $25 million reward on the head of OBL, dead or alive... and nobody in Afghanistan or Pakistan has come forward. Nobody wants our money? Really now!
(11) After NINE YEARS
, the combined might of the US and coalition military, the intelligence community and Interpol have failed to locate OBL, let alone capture him. However in 1999, ABC reporter John Milller is able to waltz into bin Laden's hideout and conduct a series of interviews *on camera*. Miller was treated well. This interview occurred *after* the US Embassy bombings in Africa, while OBL was on the FBI's most wanted list in connection with those attacks
*******Re. the Afghan War... the BS meter is wrapped around the end stop, and glued there.