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Thursday, March 25, 2004

Posted by Tanstaafl
On 9/11 Panel, Bob Kerrey Seconds the Emotion (washingtonpost.com):

Basically, Kerrey wishes some official had the vision to invade Afghanistan before Sept. 11. That might have taught the terrorists a lesson, maybe even disrupted the plot.

It would have been nice, but I think it's a bit unrealistic to believe that it ever would have happened.

In 1998 I wrote a term paper (having re-read it, it was pretty poorly written) looking at Osama and the havok that he had wreaked to that point. My recommendation was small special forces teams designed to rapidly attack terrorist camps and grab/kill the occupants. My TA's concerns with my plan were things like "what about the lives of the soldiers you're risking?" My response, which just shocked her was "they signed up to risk their lives." She was shocked... and she was a pretty reasonable person.

Can you imagine the size of the protests if we had invaded Afghanistan BEFORE September 11th?

This is not to say it shouldn't have been done. A President is supposed to be a leader not a follower. As such he should persuade the public to follow plans that will serve the greater good, not simply take poll results as management directives. Clinton, and the pre-9/11 Bush for that matter, were unable to muster that kind of leadership.

I'm glad that's changed.


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