WHY THE CHRISTMAS ATTEMPTED BOMBING IS MORE FRIGHTENING THEN 9-11.
This deals with before 9-11 and before 12-25-09, the efforts and mindset of both that were present.
Not so much blame, as much as the efforts and the outcomes.
The Clinton administration did take the threat posed by Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda seriously.
Devoting resources and man power to it and suffered opposition from the Pentagon and CIA.
The President asked the Pentagon for a plan of action against Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
But was told it would take a large military response involving several hundred thousand troops and a full fledge invasion. While President Clinton wanted a small surgical strike and capture.
The CIA did not want to put human assets into Afghanistan and refused to have a CIA operation similar to a military strike also saying it would take far too much manpower then was reasonable to do.
One of the problems faced by Clinton was that without human assets the reports that were received would be dated. Reports of Bin Laden’s where about would come in generally days later then where he was on the date. Cruse missiles would take over an hour for the gyros to spin up to be used.
And Bin Laden never stayed in one place long enough to use the cruse missile on.
Clinton always wanted to have a small surgical strike on Bin Laden but got objections from the military and the CIA.
The task force assigned to Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda did an advisory that was presented to the newly elected G. W. Bush in August of 2001. Warning that there were indications of a plan to attack the United States homeland. That the increased chatter was systematic of a growing threat and of it being in the near future.
It also indicated a focus on commercial aviation, though not a specific threat.
No one actually saw the happenings of 9-11 or that the focus was using planes as weapons.
They saw the likelihood use of a bomb or highjacking within the U.S. Continue reading