Video: The attacks of September 11, 2001 forced Americans to reevaluate their views on the nation’s security. A decade later, is the country stronger and better prepared to prevent a terror attack? (Aug. 31)
This is the American era of endless war.
To grasp its sweep, it helps to visit Fort Campbell, Ky., where the Army will soon open a $31 million complex for wounded troops and those whose bodies are breaking down after a decade of deployment.
Phi Beta Iota: This is not new. War has been the norm since President General David Eiserhower warned of the rise of the military-industrial complex. The article is worth reading in full to understand how very smart people can become very stupid–we are in a state of endless war because none of our leaders have the integrity to apply their undeniable intelligence to waging peace, which is vastly cheaper than war–the problem is that peace enriches poor people rather than concentrating wealth.
“I just want to kill those guys,” Mr. Vickers likes to say in meetings at the Pentagon, with a grin.
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As covert American wars — in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia — continue in the second decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, so will the questions of legality, morality and risk that go along with them.
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In Mr. Vickers’s assessment, there are perhaps four important Qaeda leaders left in Pakistan, and 10 to 20 leaders over all in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. Even if the United States kills them all in drone strikes, Mr. Vickers said, “You still have Al Qaeda, the idea.”
Phi Beta Iota: The insanity of it all is hard to fathom. Vickers is a male counterpart to Fran Townsend. The US Government, “in our name,” is spending over a trillion a year (that it borrows) for elective wars and global assassinations that are pissing off millions of people, while the “Undersecretary of Intelligence” spends all his time trying to kill the dirty dozen. All we can do at this point is recommend a close reading of Paul Fernhout: Open Letter to the Intelligence Advanced Programs Research Agency (IARPA).
Koko Sign: Who is this blond vacuous bimbo that keeps appearing on television with nothing serious to say? Yes, we gorillas know that vacuous bimbo is a tautalogical redundancy, it just seemed appropriate.
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Documents seized at the Libyan intelligence headquarters have revealed a surprisingly close relationship between the CIA and their counterparts in the Gadhafi regime.
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Fran Townsend, CNN counter-terror analyst who worked as President George W. Bush’s homeland security adviser, said that when suspects were transferred to any country, not just Libya, U.S. officials asked the government for assurances that they wouldn’t violate human rights of the person in question.
Phi Beta Iota: CNN lost its integrity when Ted Turner left, and it has not had anyone really serious on the national security account for a while. Koko is right–Fran Townsend is an idiot who knows nothing. These are trying times–if CNN is serious about getting back into analytics, they need to change their linen.