> if al Qaeda had attacked Israel, there membership would have been composed of less than a thousand dead people by 9/11/02. At a far smaller cost in money and innocent lives than our approach.
ctrl + F "october surprise"
The alarming August 6, 2001, memo from the CIA to the President—"Bin Laden determined to strike in US"—has been widely noted in the past few years.
But, also in August, CIA analysts flew to Crawford to personally brief the President—to intrude on his vacation with face-to-face alerts.
The analytical arm of CIA was in a kind of panic mode at this point. Other intelligence services, including those from the Arab world, were sounding an alarm. The arrows were all in the red. They didn't know place or time of an attack, but something was coming. The President needed to know.
...at [this meeting], George W. Bush seems to have made the wrong choice.
He looked hard at the panicked CIA briefer.
"All right," he said. "You've covered your ass, now."
"...the U.S. Government is able to persuade the populace to continue to support and pay for blood-spilling and liberty-destroying policies in the name of Terrorism when nothing sustains and exacerbates the threat of Terrorism more than those very policies."
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