9/11, Pearl Harbor, and Operation Northwoods
Did the Bush administration play any role in causing 9/11? There have been many cases presented in the blogosphere and independent media for the Bush administation's role in 9/11. There have been fantastic timlelines set forth. And rigorous exhibitions of coincidence.
But is it possible? Would our government actually take part in (or put up with) acts of violence against it's own people? That just sounds too crazy, right? Sounds like the kind of stuff crazy conspiracy theorists imagine, right?
Actually, its completely possible. In fact, its been done before.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Prior to the attack, the American population was not in favor of American military participation in WWII. After the "sneak" attack, however, the American public was united and resolute to go to war against Japan. It wasn't until years later that it was discovered that President Roosevelt was not only aware, in advance, of the "sneak" attack, but that Roosevelt was willing to 'absorb' the attack for the purpose of manufacturing consent. So not only did the United States goad Japan into the war (with the oil embargo), but the United States goaded Japan into the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor, possessing the knowledge of 'where' and 'when' the actual attack would take place.
And now, we come to Operation Northwoods......
Operation Northwoods was a government plan devised and approved by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and likely to be carried out with the help of the CIA, in order to manufacture consent for a war against Cuba in the early 1960's. The documents exhibit a considerable willingness on the part of our government to severely endanger and/or kill its own civilians. In particular, the Joint Chiefs recommended the following actions:
"We could develop a Communist Cuban terror campaign in the Miami area, in other Florida cities and even in Washington. The terror campaign could be pointed at Cuban refugees seeking haven in the United States. We could sink a boatload of Cubans enroute [sic] to Florida (real or simulated). We could foster attempts on lives of Cuban refugees in the United States even to the extent of wounding in instances to be widely publicized."
So you see, there are certainly examples of our government's willingness to expend human civilian life for the sake of a war effort. Who can say that 9/11 wasn't in that vein? It certainly must be considered. But who is considering it?