By Gareth Porter
WASHINGTON – New evidence from former United States officials reveals that Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda leaders were able to skip Afghanistan for Pakistan unimpeded in the first weeks after September 11, 2001, as the George W Bush administration failed to plan to block their retreat.
Top administration officials instead gave priority to planning for war with Iraq, leaving the United States with not nearly enough troops or strategic airlift capacity to close the large number of possible exit routes through the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area where Bin Laden escaped in late 2001.
Even after September 11, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and Vice President Dick Cheney continued to resist any military engagement in Afghanistan, because they were hoping for war against Iraq instead.
Bush’s top secret order of September 17 for war with Afghanistan also directed the Pentagon to begin planning for an invasion of Iraq, according to journalist James Bamford’s book Pretext for War.
Cheney and Rumsfeld pushed for a quick victory in Afghanistan in NSC meetings in October, as recounted by both Woodward and Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith. Lost in the eagerness to wrap up the Taliban and get on with the Iraq War was any possibility of preventing Bin Laden’s escape to Pakistan. [full article]
Bush never blinked. His single minded obsession with a pre-planned agenda, at any cost, has caused more grief per ordinary person since the Great Depression. Collateral Damage is inconsequential when you are myopic.
We all knew this, but were blocked from investigating. We will see the tear in this cloak of secrecy tear open little by little over the next few months. When the administration changes in January, depending on who wins, the deception should rip wide open. But, if McCain wins, we will have to wait a little longer to get prosecutable evidence. Be sure, McCain will continue the cover up. McCain is the Bush Manchurian Candidate who has been brainwashed with necessary rhetoric to suspend serious probing. On the subject of brainwashing, we have enough scientific evidence that PTSD is a by-product of encarceration and torture. The other by-product is suggestability. Ideas, responses and attitudes can be embedded while someone is in an altered state, these mental manipulations can sprout sponaneously with subtle triggers, even years later. If the CIA was active with Project MKULTRA, don’t you think that the North Vietnamese, with Russia’s assistance, was doing the same thing? This is what McCain was exposed to.
Now, we have a Presidential Candidate that is too close to inheriting the economic meltdown caused by deception and disinformation. Glaring disregard for the collateral damage caused by out of control war spending, mostly unaccountable, is bankrupting America and it’s foreign investors. The single minded obsession with oil has resulted in today’s global economic crisis. McCain has become a willing participant in this obsession. Pandering to the public’s most irrational fears to pave the way for personal gain, and out of control corruption is tyranny. The “axis of evil” sits right here in Washington DC. Are we still on the PNAC timeline? Was this part of the plan?..