Originally Posted by hardeeharhar
There have been two international terrorist attacks on the United States in its history.
I imagine you refer the first WTC attack (2/26/93) as the first and 9/11 as the 2nd.
Re. the first WTC attack, try entering the name Emad Salem into a search engine. Most especially, read Ralph Blumenthal's New York Times article from October 1993, and FBI taped transcripts of interviews with Mr.Salem, which clearly point to the 2/26 WTC operation being not simply an attack by "foreign terrorists", as portrayed in the media, but an attack in which one or more foreigners (middle easterners) were used as patsies by parties unknown who forced the issue with the FBI.
These two attacks were separated by eight years (1993 and 2001). What makes you think we aren't going to be attacked again if it took al qaeda eight years to try again?
The WTC attacks of 9/11 were way more sophisticated, and completely out of pattern for anything that "al qaeda" has done, or attempted to do, before or since. Their M.O. has always been simple: to plant bombs on (usually) soft targets and then set them off. Successfully boarding and then hijacking 4 commercial jets, then flying them around for up to an hour and a half in the world's most scrutinized and policed airspace, with impunity, is not the AQ methodology, and never has been.
The attackers successfully evaded the standard response from the US military that morning, indicating prior knowledge of privileged/classified information re. the air defenses' non-response, for at least a 90 minute period while the attacks were ongoing.... otherwise they would have taken their planes directly
to their intended targets, rather than a lengthy jaunt all the way to Kentucky and Ohio (!!!!) before the return flights (in the case of AA77 and UA93 respectively).
Perhaps the attackers knew that the standard procedure (which had worked flawlessly for years prior) had been changed in June 2001, requiring personal authorization
by the Secretary of Defense for interception and engagement of rogue airplanes. The old protocol was reinstated on September 12, 2001.
Al qaeda is in a stronger position now than they have been in the 2000s because of Bush's botched efforts in Afghanistan and the simple fact that the Iraqi battlefield has been an excellent training ground for new terrorists, which it never was when Saddam was in power.
That is, if "Al Qaeda in Iraq" is a real group. Any insurgent group has been caught up in the "al qaeda in Iraq" label: it's easy and it neatly pigeonholes the opposition for the nondiscerning reader/watcher/listener.
Yeah, we're taking the battle to them alright. Training them, and expecting them not to hit back. Who was it again that equipped the Mujahideen which produced both the Taliban and al qaeda? Oh right... the US. Who gave Saddam his weapons? Right the US. Seems to me that our foreign policy in all of this has been short sighted, and Bush's wars are no exception.
That should have been your first paragraph! The rest would then be redundant.