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Gaza Revolt a Searing Rebuke for Bush

MSNBC story:

As early as the spring of 2005, Abbas had warned American officials that he did not have the popular support to disarm Hamas, the Islamist party that turned suicide terror bombings into a standard tactic in Israel and which both Abbas and the Israelis saw was growing in power. But Bush administration officials insisted, confident of the curative powers of democracy. Later, after Hamas stunned the world by winning control of the Palestinian Parliament, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice claimed: "Nobody saw it coming."

And the real money quote:

Nor did many hard-liners in Washington ever fully understand that using raw power to "impose" democracy on peoples who were not ready to seize it for themselves was a chimera. By insisting on cure-all elections in countries and territories that had no institutions of justice and security, or a politically aware economic middle class, to sustain democracy, the Bush team clearly seems to have overreached.

Not every nation on earth wants to be America. It's just that simple. And they sure as hell don't want to be America if that transformation comes at the point of a gun. The invasion of Iraq not only FUBARed Iraq, it's destabilized the entire region as well as emboldened and given credibility to the most radical elements. It's hard to tell where this will end up, but it's going to get much much worse before it gets better.

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Steve Crickmore:

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people...would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile," Rice said.
This an old refrain or meme from Rice..And yet she gets promoted from National Security Advisor to Secretary Of State because of these howlers

Lee Ward:
US aviation received 52 al-Qaeda warnings before 9/11 By Jenny Booth, Times Online

America's aviation authority received numerous warnings about al-Qaeda attacks in the six months before 9/11, including five that mentioned hijackings and two that mentioned suicide operations, it has emerged.

A previously published report by the commission set up to investigate the September 11 attacks on the United States reveals that the US Federal Aviation Authority received 52 intelligence reports on al-Qaeda between April and September 2001.

The 911 Commission report criticises the FAA for failing to strengthen security measures in light of the reports, and accuses it of allowing a false sense of security to prevail.

The aviation industry was more concerned with hijacking threats overseas and did not appear to give serious credit to the idea of hijackings at home, the report added.

"The fact that the civil aviation system seems to have been lulled into a false sense of security is striking not only because of what happened on 9/11 but also in light of the intelligence assessments, including those conducted by the FAA's own security branch, that raised alarms about the growing terrorist threat to civil aviation," the report said.

The striking findings of the staff report, dated August 2004, emerged after an investigation by The New York Times.

The full version of the report was blocked from public release by the White House for more than five months. A declassified and heavily edited version was filed in the National Archives two weeks ago.

So many reports on Osama bin Laden or his al-Qaeda terrorist network were received by the FAA in the months before 9/11, that between March and May it conducted classified briefings on the al-Qaeda threat for security officials at 19 of the busiest airports in the United States.

The report said that the 52 warnings on al-Qaeda sent to the FAA in that period amounted to half of all the intelligence reports it received.


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