RICHARD W. BEHAN, ALTERNET - The military incursions into Afghanistan
and Iraq were not done in retaliation for 9/11. The Bush administration
had them clearly in mind upon taking office, and they were set in motion
as early as Feb. 3, 2001. That was seven months prior to the attacks on
the Trade Towers and the Pentagon, and the objectives of the wars had
nothing to do with terrorism.
- In Afghanistan the state was overthrown instead of apprehending the
terrorist. Offers by the Taliban to surrender Osama bin Laden were
ignored, and he remains at large to this day.
- In Iraq, when the United States invaded, there were no al Qaeda
terrorists at all.
- A 2006 National Intelligence Estimate shows the war in Iraq has
exacerbated, not diminished, the threat of terrorism since 9/11. If the
"War on Terror" is not a deception, it is a disastrously
- The Iraqi war was conceived in 1992, during the first Bush
administration, in a 46-page document entitled Draft Defense Planning