Monday, September 11, 2006

The path to Tora Bora: All you need are Balls

I've been watching the "docudrama" The Path to 9/11 on ABC which is about how the Clintonites missed so many chances to get Osama before 9/11. some of these instances were documented in Steve Coll's excellent Ghost Wars and other books although this silly docu-drama gets some of these events mixed up. I counted (in the first part) six times in which actors refer to "balls" like "it took some balls" or "balls of steel" which supposedly the Clintonites didn't have (although we do see Clinton insisting he that he didn't have sex with "that woman" and then we get a glimpse of the Washington Memorial -- Get it? Ha, ha, ha -- and then Monica)but that John O'neill played by Harvey Keitel (above) and his very manly and so, so virile pals (including the women) in the FBI and CIA (minus the lawyers) had. Well, I hope we'll get soo a sequel, The Path to Tora Bora, How bin Laden got away after the Bushies deployed the forces to the most powerful army to catch him -- and failed. As I pointed out in an op-ed Outsourcing the Hunt for Bin Laden in the LA Times:
Imagine the following scenario, which includes all the historical analogies that neoconservative ideologues like to apply -- World War II, Hitler, appeasement -- plus a bonus reference to the evil du jour, Spain.
As American and Allied forces invade Nazi Germany in 1945, Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and several SS troops flee to Fascist Spain, where they hide in the Pyrenees Mountains and mount guerrilla attacks against the Free French government. The American response? To ask Generalissimo Francisco Franco if he would be kind enough to send some of his forces to catch those Nazis -- and it would be nice if it could all be wrapped up before the 1948 presidential election.
Sound absurd? Well, there is an element of the absurd in the acrimonious debate on 9/11 taking place these days. Lawmakers and pundits are arguing about what could have been done to prevent the terrorist attacks. But they all agree that if Americans could rewind history to pre-9/11, they would have done everything humanly possible to capture or kill Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda associates -- sooner rather than later.

George W. Chamberlain. He is an appeaser. And he doesn't have Balls...


Armchair said...

How about:

"Seven Minutes In September" - an art film -

It just features Bush looking into the camera for seven minutes after being told the US was under attack. Occasionally, he looks bravely into his book, "My Pet Goat."

The film marketing will be modeled on "Thirteen Days in October" - about JFK's handling of the Cuban Missle Crisis.

mike davis said...

At least when Neville Chamberlain was appeasing Hitler it wasn't because he had business dealings with the Nazis. The fight against muslim terrorism means to fight against the Saudi Arabian Wahhabis.

The Bush Administration wont do this because the Bush family has oil business dealings ongoing with Saudi Arabia and the Wahhabis have a deal with the Sauds: give us money to promote our ideology and we will support your rule in Arabia.

So, Bush lays off on the Wahhabis (the source of the money and ideology of violence today), the Saudis give big contracts to the Bush businesses and the Wahhabis keep supporting the Saudi gang running Arabia.

All very neat, eh?

Except that the terrorism virus is still running riot around the will continue until America has a President who is not personally financially tied to the source of the virus.

Try explaining this to Joe Sixpack.

Anonymous said...

Joe Six Pack has not internalized the facts about Bush and Cheney's own Vietnam records. Polls before the last election - many of them - showed a widespread belief that Bush was war vet and Kerry was not and Cheney has been in many wars.

Anonymous said...

The higher the price of oil , the more money for the Saudis and the more money for the Wahabis.

This increases the threat - thus, leading to more money for various weapons contractors , higher stock prices for oil companies, and more money and business for Bush pols and cronies.

It's a vicious cycle - it the faster it spins, the more you will hear about social issues like Intelligent Design and prayer in schools so Joe Sixpack can be distracted and directed toward liberalelitists who write for Harpers and The Nation.

It's a neat trick.

Anonymous said...

There is a way out from under this disaster of Saudi Arabia...Wahhabis...terrorism.

A new President has to organise the overthrow of the 'Royal 'family of Saudi Arabia, the Sauds and their replacement with the Jordanian Hashemite Royal Family. These folk are truely westernised (listen carefully when the King of Jordan next speaks on US TV. He was properly educated in Britain and is 'on our side'.)

The West, and the sunni muslims, will be better off with Jordan running the Arabian oil wells and the muslim religious establishment in Mecca.

Crush the Wahhabis 'with maximum prejudice' to quote 'Apocalyse Now'.

Mike Davis.