CNN Asks All the Wrong Questions

Is it now OK to question the war on terror?

June 2, 2015

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In No Particular Order (click on all the colored highlights for links and pdf files):

As long as the United States of America is determined and strong, this will not be an age of terror; this will be an age of liberty, here and across the world. . .  George W. Bush  Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People Sept. 20, 2001

 

He Warned us 12 Years Ago

A dozen years ago, the first Gulf War ended with the forces of the United States and its allies on the outskirts of Baghdad waiting an order to go in and get Saddam Hussein. But the order never came. The first President Bush explained why the risks involved in toppling Saddam Hussein outweighed the reward. “It’s important for a president to know when to commit U.S. forces to combat,” he said. “It’s also important to know when not to commit U.S. forces to combat. I think for us to get American military personnel involved in a civil war inside Iraq would literally be a quagmire. “Once we got to Baghdad, what would we do? Who would we put in power? What kind of government would we have? Would it be a Sunni government, a Shia government, a Kurdish government? Would it be secular, along the lines of the Baath party? Would it be fundamentalist Islamic? I do not think the United States wants to have U.S. military forces accept casualties and accept the responsibility of trying to govern Iraq.” It may come as a surprise to you, as it did to me, that the defense secretary who raised those caveats on ABC-TV’s “This Week With David Brinkley” in April 1991 was none other than Dick Cheney, now the vice president under the second Bush.   Tom Brazaitis, Special to The Plain Dealer Sept. 13, 2003

 

September 24, 2006

 Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Worsens Terrorism Threat;  The New York Times

 

September 26, 2006 Campaign in Iraq has increased terrorism threat, says American intelligence report; The Guardian

September 28, 2009 New CIA Docs Detail Brutal “Extraordinary Rendition” Process; Huffingtonpost

September 12, 2003 Bill of Rights Nasty Obstacle in War on Terrorism; Pittsburgh Post Gazette

September 14, 2003 The Question on Iraq now is: When will it be over? ; Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT)

 

October 18, 2010

ARGUMENT It’s the Occupation, Stupid: Extensive research into the causes of suicide terrorism proves Islam isn’t to blame — the root of the problem is foreign military occupations.; Foreign Policy

 

I forget where we were . . . .

 

 “Within six months of passing the Patriot Act, the Justice Department was conducting seminars on how to stretch the new wiretapping
provisions to extend them beyond terror cases,” said Dan Dodson, a spokesman for the National Association of Criminal Defense
Attorneys. “They say they want the Patriot Act to fight terrorism, then, within six months, they are teaching their people how to use it on
ordinary citizens.” Author/Byline: DAVID B. CARUSO, September 14, 2003 Anti-terror laws increasingly used against common criminals; Associated Press Archive

 

October 17, 2008 

Response to 9/11 was ‘huge overreaction’ – ex-MI5 chief ;  The Guardian

 

there are signs of growing opposition. In July (2003), Congress voted 309-118 to eliminate funding for a key portion of the USA Patriot Act,
the post-9/11 law that expanded the government’s ability to monitor and investigate anyone in the US. At the grass-roots level, 157
communities and three states have passed resolutions opposing the Patriot Act.  Author/Byline: Warren Richey and Linda Feldmann September 12, 2003 Has post-9/11 dragnet gone too far? – As White House pushes to expand domestic terror laws, critics worry limits on civil liberties will become permanent. ; Christian Science Monitor

 

June 2, 2015

Barack Obama Signs ‘USA Freedom Act’ to Reform NSA Surveillance; nbcnews.com

 

So CNN. . ..

Is it now OK to question the war on terror?

 

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