Posts tagged ‘War on Terror’

November 13, 2015

‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’

by thoughtfulconservative

‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’

This article caught my eye in my news feed today. After today’s tragic attacks in France, it seems even more apropos to look at it.

Of course, the conventional wisdom is to blame George W. Bush and his administration for not heeding advance warnings of the 9/11 attacks.

They may be right. Hindsight is 20/20, after all.

But I just wonder…

In the face of determined terrorists what can be done.

Here is the headline from @Slate: France Was Already on High Alert Before Friday’s Attack

I certainly don’t have all the answers, maybe not even a couple. But if this latest attack was pulled off with the French on high alert, I tend to be a little easier on the Bush administration for ignoring intelligence that an attack was going to happen without any hard intelligence on what was going to happen.

What exactly could have been done? The terrorists were already here. No flags were raised. Taking the attack to Al Qaeda sooner would have helped how?

There were other interesting notes in the article. Like enhanced interrogation techniques. Worth the read even if you disagree with what they write.

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February 6, 2009

Charges against Cole terrorists dropped

by thoughtfulconservative

A possible fight between the Pentagon and Obama was averted as Cole charges dropped

President Obama will meet with the families of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and of the USS Cole bombing on Friday, a day after the judge charged with convening the military trials at Guantanamo ordered charges withdrawn against Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who is accused of being the former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al Qaeda and the mastermind of the attack on the Cole.

One important note on the charges,

Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said Crawford dismissed the charges against al-Nashiri without prejudice. That means new charges can be brought again later. He will remain in prison for the time being.

It may not be any consolation to the families. I’m not too excited either.

But this was a pretty prominent part of Obama’s platform, and it’s one promise he was going to do his best to keep.

The best thing from this is that he remains at Guantanamo.

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March 19, 2008

President Bush’s speech

by thoughtfulconservative

Perhaps many will see it as “Same old, same old.” Most oppose the war and they’ve written him off as a lame duck and not too many approve of the job he’s doing. So most likely not much attention was paid to it, other than those looking for “Gotcha!” lines.

So here’s the text. I thought he did well in outlining where progress is being made. There should have been more. He admitted that. He should have done this more often in the last five years.

Where will we be five years from now? I wish I knew.

Let’s hope progress continues.

December 4, 2007

WWIII is on hold?

by thoughtfulconservative

Dan at The Still Spinnin Blog raises a good point,

Iran stopped it’s nuke program in 2003? What happened on March 20, 2003 that may have made Iran think twice about continuing it’s nuke weapons program? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?? Reid? Pelosi? Clinton? Kerry?

Indeed.