OK, there are some things that need to be said on this thread.
Truths about 9/11:
The 9/11 terrorists did not prepare for the 9/11 attacks in terrorist training camps in Afghanistan by climbing on monkey bars, crawling under barbedwire and aimlessly firing AK-47s into the desert. They plotted 9/11 by researching weaknesses and antiquated hijack policies and procedures in the commercial travel industry in America. They used and abused the rediculous U.S. student visa and green card policies. They enrolled in an American flight school and trained to fly by dayÖand enjoyed Gentlemenís clubs by night.
Those attacks were plotted over chai tea by organized criminals. Not over a campfire by battle-hardened insurgents.
If the leaders of this country were SERIOUS about battling terrorism and protecting our country, we would:
-Racially profile at U.S. airports and pressure other nations to do so.
-Deny visas to any Arab male aged 18-50 named Mohammed or something similar
-Protect our borders where they are vulnerable
-Secure our ports and conduct rigorous inspection of incoming cargo.
-See that the majority of our Homeland Security money goes to major target cities and landmarks.
-Continue warrantless wiretapping international phone calls from and to suspected terror suspects.
-Keep Guantanamo open and full.
But we wonít do these things because they arenít politically correct or acceptable by some in power. They would rather send American boys to die in a wasteland that has absolutely no chance in hell of ever becoming a functioning democracy of any kind. The people in Afghanistan are cavemen. They are too far behind the times to understand what we are trying to do for them. Furthermore, we do not possess the resources, manpower, military capability or political will to truly secure that country and make it a functioning democracy, rid of all Islamic fanatics. Even if we did, it is an impossible task. None of this matters anyway, because a free and democratic Afghanistan does not mean we are safe from terrorists. They can just pick up and move. Like they did from Sudan to Afghanistan; they can and will move again. Will we follow them and bring democracy to the next countryÖand the next, and the next?
Nation-building in the name of protection from terror is a senseless strategy that will not work. The military isnít designed for it and not particularly good at it. Bush was wrong to do it and Obama is wrong to keep doing it.