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Swatting at flies, with my hair on fire

 
 
PDiddie
 
Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 10:26 am
Unrolled on the table was a map of Afghanistan.

At the end of the day, no one could have predicted that planes would be used as missles.

There was no silver bullet.

We did everything we could. We would have moved heaven and earth if we had only known.
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panzade
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 10:38 am
Only thing missing in your poll choices is: "I'm cornfused"(sic)
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SealPoet
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 12:13 pm
Re: Swatting at flies, with my hair on fire
PDiddie wrote:
At the end of the day, no one could have predicted that planes would be used as missles.


Tom Clancy did. I forget which of his paperback bricks ends with a JAL 747 wiping out most of congress along with the Capitol building and making Jack Ryan (our hero!) president...
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 12:40 pm
Why does Tom Clancy hate America?

Doesn't he know that you're either with us or against us?

No one could have imagined the evildoers would use planes as missles.

(Somebody get a memo out to Mr. Clancy. Straighten him up.)
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 12:44 pm
http://graphics7.nytimes.com/images/2004/04/08/national/08cnd-rice.6.184.jpg

"Who, me? I was supposed to do somethin'?...

No one could've imagined...wait; I mean, I couldn't have imagined..."
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 02:27 pm
It was predictable, or at least the attempt was. Now, specific targets, dates, and flight numbers would have been a little tougher.
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PDiddie
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 06:28 pm
Shaking the trees.

(I wonder why is everybody trying so hard to keep from saying 'beating the bushes'?)
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dlowan
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 06:53 pm
Hindsight is 20/20.
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roger
 
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Reply Thu 8 Apr, 2004 09:13 pm
Really, it isn't.
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oristarA
 
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Reply Fri 9 Apr, 2004 02:18 am
I'd wait to see the forthcoming result of the investigation of 9/11 commission.
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Fri 9 Apr, 2004 03:10 am
No one could have predicted that we would prevent them from blowing up LAX, but we did.

No one could have predicted that we would prevent them from blowing up seventeen Pacific-area 747's with liquid bombs, but we did.

No could have predicted that we would, through increased security and and heightened communications, stifle all attempts to disrupt the millennium celebrations around the world. but we did.

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This administration entered the world stage with an incredibly enlarged sense of itself and little regard for anything that had gone on before. Their focus was on making some good cash for their friends in the energy business, cutting taxes without any regard for the consequences and foisting the grand idea of a missile defense shield.

Their world view was screwed up, these very smart people, Rice included, did not understand that we had, since the end of the Cold War, moved on from the nation-based conflict and resolution foreign policies that we learned in school. That we now were no longer in battle with giant machines, we were under attack by ant-sized combatants who would appear only briefly before they themselves died. That the battlefields were no longer the great open spaces of the world, they were the sweaty apartments of young Arab men in the Philippines, in Pakistan, in Florida.

They still don't see the world as it is.
They still think they do and that anyone disagreeing just doesn't know.

We need to wipe the smirks off their faces.


Joe Nation
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