Nuking Russia was also considered before 9/11, as was invading Cuba, defending NATO against any attacks, attacking N. Korea, Attacking Libya, defending Israel against attacks as well as a cornucopia of other disasters.
The war in Iraq is a direct result of 9/11. I don't usually disagree wholeheartedly with you Craven, but on this I do.
Ok, lemme see if I can summarize your argument.
1) Many contingiencies are planned/discussed.
2) That the Iraq Invasion was realized
indicates a connection with 9/11.
Well, if the connection you describe is the use of 9/11 to sell the war then I agree.
I guess it comes down to what type of relation we are considering.
I think it's related only in that 9/11 gave political capital for militancy on our part.
I think it's related in that many ignorant people believed it to have been.
But no, I don't think the war is inherently related to 9/11.
See, if enough people believe there is a relation there is at least the relation that is their belief. If that's the type of relation you describe you are right.
It is not, however, the type of relation I speak of.
Side note: too inclusive of a criteria for "related" will render the word meaningless.