An American blindness

We're ten years from 9/11 and still in the Long War. Can we open our eyes in time?

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The military occupation of our minds will continue until we become familiar with the strategies and doctrines of the Long War.

After the first jetliner crashed into the Twin Towers on that September 11 morning, a friend of mine and his 11-year old daughter climbed up to the roof of their Manhattan home to look around. Just then the second plane struck, the young girl fell backward, and went blind from shock.

It took more than a year of examinations and therapies before this girl came out of her blindness to look around.

That's what happened to America itself ten years ago this Sunday on 9/11, though it might be claimed many of us were blinded by privilege and hubris long before. But 9/11 produced a spasm of blind rage, arising from a pre-existing blindness as to the way much of the world sees us. That in turn led to the invasions of Afghanistan, Iraq, Afghanistan again, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and, in all, a dozen "shadow wars" according to The New York Times.

Bob Woodward's crucial book, Obama's Wars, points out that there were already secret and lethal counterterrorism operations active in more than 60 countries as of 2009. From Pentagon think tanks came a new military doctrine of the "Long War," a counter-insurgency vision arising from the failed Phoenix program of the Vietnam era, projecting U.S. open combat and secret wars over a span of 50 to 80 years, or 20 future presidential terms. The taxpayer costs of this Long War, also shadowy, would be in the many trillions of dollars — and paid for not from current budgets, but by generations born after the 2000 election of George W. Bush. The deficit spending on the Long War would invisibly force the budgetary crisis now squeezing our states, cities and most Americans.

Besides the future being mortgaged, civil liberties were thought to require a shrinking proper to a state of permanent and secretive war, so the Patriot Act was promulgated. All this happened after 9/11 through Democratic default and denial. Who knows what future might have followed if Al Gore, with a half-million popular vote margin over George Bush, had prevailed in the U.S. Supreme Court instead of losing by the vote of a single justice? In any event, only a single member of Congress, Barbara Lee of Berkeley-Oakland, voted against the war authorization, and only a single senator, Russ Feingold, voted against the Patriot Act.

Were we not blinded by what happened on 9/11? Are we still? Let's look at the numbers we almost never see.

 

CASUALTIES OF WAR

As to American casualties, the figure now is beyond twice those who died in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. on 9/11. The casualties are rarely totaled, but are broken down into three categories by the Pentagon and Congressional Research Service. There is Operation Enduring Freedom, which includes Afghanistan and Pakistan but, in keeping with the Long War definition, also covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Second, there is Operation Iraqi Freedom and its successor Operation New Dawn, the name adopted after September 2010 for the 47,000 US advisers, trainers and counterterrorism units still in Iraq. The scope of these latter operations includes Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. These territories include not only Muslim majorities but, according to former Centcom commander Tommy Franks, 68 percent of the world's proven oil reserves and the passageway for 43 percent of petroleum exports, another American geo-interest which was heavily denied in official explanations.

Comments

The Blindness Will Continue -- Hayden is Helping It Continue.

If someone like Tom Hayden cannot call 9/11 what it was, and what about half the people in this country suspect -- an inside job -- and cannot point out that WikiLeaks has all the earmarks of a CIA/NSA controlled leak operation, then we really aren't any closer to opening our eyes than we were 10 years ago.

We can't get to the bottom of things until we can break through the surface and see things for what they are.

As a result, this piece by Hayden -- intentionally or unintentionally -- amounts nothing more than long-winded disinformation.

Too bad.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 8:06 pm

How many people's bubble would be burst if they were to learn that 911 was an inside job? Why are some people so afraid that that could be the case?...(so they resort to attacking the messenger).

Solving the Mystery of WTC 7
Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth...and narrated by Ed Asner:
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Russia Today: "Stop the 9-11 Coverup"
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Posted by QUEER-Boy Jorge Orwell 1984 on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

Come on man. So what?

Nearly every damned war that ever happened started with the same sort of cooked up conspiracy.

Remember the Maine? Reichstag fire? Gulf of Tonkin? Did you know that FDR ordered the U.S. military to leave Pearl Harbor poorly defended so that Japan would attack, giving us an excuse to enter the war at just the right moment after Europe had decimated itself (thereby ensuring U.S. global dominance from that moment forward)?

Big friggin' deal.

My problem with the 911 truth movement is not whether it is right or wrong, but the fact that it doesn't make one damned bit of difference what particular maneuver was used to trigger the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq (which the military industrial complex would have found an excuse for anyway). Wars are begun in this way almost every time they happen.

You could convince everyone in the country that 911 was a conspiracy, and just what exactly would that accomplish. Nothing.

A vast majority of the country has understood for decades that JFK and Martin Luther King were assassinated by the powers that be. Has this changed the American populace into a dedicated honed force for revolutionary change. No. And neither will the 911 issue, no matter how well you pitch it to people.

I am far more concerned about the fact that massive multinational financial corporations like Goldman Sachs have now taken nearly complete control our federal government. And that wasn't even a conspiracy. It was carried out right in front of us.

And now that fascist banking oligarchy in D.C. has even further ramped up robbing us all blind, not even leaving us our eye teeth.

You want to get the American people to become fed up and to rise up?

Focus on that.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

People focus on different things, Eric. You focus on what you want, I'll do the same. Not everyone needs to be in lockstep with your interests or mine. I was merely putting information out there on 911 that some people may not have seen before. If one has no interest in 911 and a viewpoint other than the "official story," then don't click on the links. (I'm not officially part of any 911 Truth Movement).

Some people are here to argue, I'm not one of them. I'm just here expressing my views. Ciao.

Posted by QUEER-Boy Jorge Orwell 1984 on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 10:27 pm

You're missing my point.

This massive pouring of entire lifetimes of time and energy into the 911 Truth movement is dramatically draining away activist time and energy that we -should- be turning directly onto the core problem itself, instead of a mere symptom like 911.

Going around flipping out and having gathering after gathering, entire literary -sections- of books, audio and video and analysis that would fill the Smithsonian, etc, ad nauseam, about 911 is a -ridiculous- and dangerous waste of activist resources.

This isn't about 'focus'. This is about not digging the movement into a pointless and very deep hole in the ground.

This is about stopping all that nonsense and standing up immediately to call a general strike in this country and shut the place down until the wars stop and the banks and corporations stop bleeding us into oblivion; and the rich start sharing their wealth with everyone else.

Posted by Eric Brooks on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

I didn't miss your point. I got your point and all the things you brought up were important.

However, neither of us can control other people's behavior and people's interests. Some people are only concerned about certain topics. They will not necessarily have any interest in bank bailouts, for example (they may mention that in passing) but they are more concerned about the "Patriot" Act extensions, for example, or illegal spying or torture. On other message forums I've seen some people asking, "why does this important topic have so few comments? What is wrong with people?"

As for 911: I don't obsess about 911. Some people do, but I don't. I've been no 911 meetings, and I'm not part of any group on the topic. I think I've written at the most 3 posts about 911 in the last year and two of them were on this site in the past week or so. And I only mentioned 911 in passing in the first post here earlier in the last couple weeks because I am aware that some sites do not allow any mention of "911 being an inside job" and I thought this site could easily be one of those sites not wanting any discussion about that. I only thought about 911 today because Lisa mentioned it and I saw all the obnoxious corporate media obsession with it, the plastic patriotism and sickening nationalistic flag waving that I saw in images online. It's Ridiculous and some of the 911 family members have said they highly resent this topic being so politicized, as I do. That's all I have to say about 911.

As for a national general strike and the masses shutting the place down and all that in your last paragraph....that's what needs to happen but it's dreaming. It ain't going to happen any time soon. Over the years, there have been repeated calls for a national general strike and the sheep/masses went to work. They couldn't be bothered. The general strikes have been a failures, unfortunately. It's going to have to get much, much worse here in the US Empire before any of that stuff is going to happen in any massive numbers, in my opinion. And with Bush 3 (Obama) he has doubled the wars/occupations/droning areas as you probably already know...there are 6 now, compared to 3 under Bush 2. So rather than ending the wars (etc), Obama's escalating them and some of his believers are making excuses for him, yet they screamed about Bush when he was doing the same thing.

Posted by QUEER-Boy Jorge Orwell 1984 on Sep. 12, 2011 @ 1:49 am

You don't milk a cow for ten years.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

Next year let's just remember 9/11/11 as the day both the Giants and the 49'ers won.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Sep. 12, 2011 @ 3:03 am

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