Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Path to the Next 9/11

When someone makes the movie about what led up to the next bin Laden/al-Qaeda terrorist attack in the U.S., they should be sure to include the part where the U.S. military had bin Laden surrounded in the mountains of Afghanistan, could actually see him through night vision scopes, and just as they were about to launch an attack on his camp, they were redeployed to Iraq.

Other scenes must show the resurgence of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the treaty between the Taliban and Pakistan in which Pakistan agreed not to police their own border or to arrest bin Laden if they were to find him. Such scenes should be in 24-like split-screens of Ann Coulter saying everything is going swimmingly in Afghanistan and Gen. Abizaid saying Pakistan is not colluding with the Taliban.

And just to share the blame, since we are all responsible, they must also include shots of average Americans yawning at work and watching Two and a Half Men instead of paying attention to world events or holding their leaders responsible.

At least the filmmakers can include the scene where President Bush finally realizes that he really is concerned about bin Laden. Now that the trail has gone "stone cold" Bush has decided to put the heat on. He requested intelligence to "flood the zone" to get some leads on bin Laden, but intelligence says the problem is, they don't know where "the zone" is. That's how cold the search is.
Many factors have combined in the five years since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to make the pursuit more difficult. They include the lack of CIA access to people close to al-Qaeda's inner circle; Pakistan's unwillingness to pursue him; the reemergence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; the strength of the Iraqi insurgency, which has depleted U.S. military and intelligence resources; and the U.S. government's own disorganization.

Yet, somehow, it's the Democrats' fault, 'cause they're weak on foreign policy and national security. The filmmakers should include scenes where the Democratic minority undermine the Republican majority's efforts with their opposition and bad attitudes.

Although for several years the Republicans got pretty much everything they wanted, including no oversight, because they controlled all branches of government, the words of the Democratic minority in opposition was what really caused the crappy post-war occupation in Iraq; the insurgent activity and terrorist recruitment and on-the-job training it provided; the burgeoning Iraqi civil war; the weakening of America by hurting its standing and respect in the world as an honest broker; harming its military, including corrupt spending and causing lower recruitment, higher desertion; putting its economy in jeopardy.

Yes, words and negative attitudes are powerful things. So are movies. Filmmakers really can blame the entire Bush Presidency on Democrats, and even convince, or at least confuse, future generations.

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