Fresh off the heels of the 7th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a former intelligence official with recent access to the Bush administration’s debate about fighting terrorism in Pakistan says the president secretly approved new U.S. military raids in that country.
The official told the Associated Press that President Bush signed the classified order over the summer. It gives new authority to U.S. special operations forces to target suspected terrorists in the dangerous area along the Afghanistan border.
U.S. counter terror operations along the border are highly unpopular in Pakistan, whose new leadership is trying hard to show independence from Washington.
This new information re-enforces my belief that the administration somehow knew the 9/11 terrorist attacks were going to happen, but didn’t do enough to stop it. Yeah, it sounds crazy.
Here’s my theory!
• The administration knew something was going to happen a month prior to the attacks, they just didn’t know what the attacks would involved. A month before the attacks, intelligence sources listed certain The World Trade Center was a prime target because it was huge. It was an important place for business and commerce. Any disruption of business would throw the world market in disarray.
• The administration was 8 months into a rough patch with the American public. Fresh off an election victory over Al Gore, they needed something to make sure the people would be on their side. What a better way to do that then to incite FEAR into the masses. By doing so, you make sure that you guarantee an election victory in 2004, because you no longer have the economy as the nation’s topic of concern, it’s now about safety and security.
Of course, this is all theory and it has to be proven. But the more I hear about how the administration is being secretive on important issues, the more doubts I have.
The old saying, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” keeps creeping in my mind. Let’s pray that I’m wrong!