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In a parallel universe called 'what if.'
| 10 April 2004
| Kathleen Parker
Posted on 04/11/2004 6:35:05 AM PDT by txradioguy
NEW YORK - President-elect John F. Kerry's rise to the nation's highest office came as little surprise following almost four years of remonstrations against President George W. Bush for his bizarre attack on the defenseless people of Afghanistan.
Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran, was the right man for a nation outraged by the Bush administration's pre-emptive war, which, it now seems clear, was based on highly speculative intelligence that Saudi Arabian-born terrorist Osama bin Laden was planning an attack on the United States.
Absent absolute proof of such an imminent attack, Bush's Sept. 10 bombing of Afghanistan earned him international condemnation and, in all likelihood, an indictment in coming weeks. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, appearing last night on "Larry King Live," said the United Nations' International Criminal Tribunal likely would bring charges of genocide against Bush.
Bush also faces federal charges at home for his baseless arrest of 19 foreign nationals, many of them native Saudis, whose "crime" was attending American flight schools. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has joined the American Civil Liberties Union in a joint suit against both Bush and former Attorney General John Ashcroft, charging racial profiling, unlawful arrest and illegal search and seizure.
Kerry's campaign mantra - "You go to war because you have to, not because you want to" - clearly resonated with Americans as they tried to make sense of Bush's Sept. 10 attack on Afghanistan. Neither the president, nor national security adviser Condoleezza Rice convincingly defended their actions during the recent "9-10 Commission" hearings, which Congress ordered in response to public outcry.
The commission's purpose was to try to determine what compelled the president to launch a war against Afghanistan. What kind of intelligence suggested that such an act was justified?
The main target of the attack was bin Laden, friend to Afghanistan's brutal Taliban regime, as well as al-Qaida training camps in that war-ravaged nation. Al-Qaida, an international terrorist network, has been blamed for numerous attacks on U.S. interests, including the USS Cole bombing, which killed 17 sailors.
Even though Bush's military campaign was successful in ending the oppressive Taliban regime, bin Laden apparently escaped and al-Qaida continues to flourish.
Some intelligence sources speculate that bin Laden's operatives may be trying to secure weapons of mass destruction from Iraq's Saddam Hussein. Even though Saddam continues to send money to the families of Palestinian terrorists and is believed to have programs for developing WMD, Kerry says he is committed to containing Saddam through continued sanctions and the U.N. oil-for-food program.
In any case, experts say that intelligence about Saddam's WMD program is just as speculative as was the intelligence that prompted Bush to attack Afghanistan. The man credited with sounding the alarm on bin Laden and al-Qaida was Richard Clarke, a counterterrorism expert who has served four presidents, including Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and William Jefferson Clinton.
In a Jan. 25 memo to Rice, for instance, Clarke urged immediate attention to several items of national security interest: the Northern Alliance, covert aid, a significant new '02 budget authority to help fight al-Qaida and a response to the USS Cole.
At Rice's and Clarke's urging, Bush called a meeting of principals and, after "connecting the dots," decided to wage war against Afghanistan. What did the dots say? Not much, in retrospect. Apparently, the president decided to bomb a benign country on the basis of "chatter" that hinted at "something big."
With no other details on the "big," and weaving together random bits of information from a variety of questionable sources, Bush and company decided that 19 fundamentalist Muslim fanatics would fly airplanes into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon on 9-11.
Under questioning by the "9-10 Commission," Clarke denied that his memo was anything more than a historical overview with a "set of ideas and a paper, mostly." The bipartisan commission concluded, therefore, that Bush's "dot-connecting" had destroyed American credibility and subjected the United States to increasing hostility in the Arab-Muslim world.
Last week, Saddam Hussein and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat joined French and German leaders in condemning Bush and urging the American voters to cast their ballots for regime change in America. President Kerry was the clear response to that call.
In a flourish of irony and the spirit of bon vivant for which the new president is widely known, Kerry gave his acceptance speech from Windows on the World, the elegant restaurant atop the World Trade Center's Tower One.
TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
To: txradioguy; Ragtime Cowgirl
bump - things might have been this way!
posted on 04/11/2004 6:38:12 AM PDT
Thank you for posting this. She has it so right.
We don't and can't do things before the fact.
The Democrats want it both ways.
posted on 04/11/2004 6:38:17 AM PDT
Very good! Takes the arguments of the partisan, scumbag, lefty DemocRATS to their logical conclusion.
posted on 04/11/2004 6:39:51 AM PDT
(The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
She left out the part about the Toon appearing at the 9-10 hearings and saying "we saw the same intelligence and decided to do nothing."
posted on 04/11/2004 6:41:45 AM PDT
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To: Naomi4; All
The scary thing it that we here all KNOW this is how it would have been played out by the RATS. The WOT is the ultimate Catch-22. And IMHO no one out there could have handled what;s happened over the last three years better than President Bush.
posted on 04/11/2004 6:43:56 AM PDT
(HOOAH!!!...Not Just A Word...A Way Of Life!!!)
tag for later
posted on 04/11/2004 6:53:08 AM PDT
Exactly - I went over to TownHall and thanked her for writing this piece. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.
posted on 04/11/2004 6:56:01 AM PDT
To: txradioguy; Flyer; dix; humblegunner; Eaker; bobbyd; thackney; PetroniDE; Xenalyte; Allegra; ...
The irony of the "what if" senario...
posted on 04/11/2004 6:58:20 AM PDT
(Houston Area Texans)
The commission was formed due to a public outcry.
What public outcry?!
posted on 04/11/2004 7:02:58 AM PDT
by Northern Yankee
( "Behold Mother... I make all things new." - Jesus of Nazareth)
Super post. I've been trying to say the same thing here for weeks now but couldn't put it in words as good as this. It's a classic "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation. But in reality, had the horror of September 11th been averted due to pre-emption, Bush's head would have been on a platter long ago. He'd surely have been impeached and probably convicted in the senate. I'm not kidding either.
In another alternate universe, the assassin of Adolph Hitler in 1933 rotted away in a lonely jail cell, the world refusing to believe his ridiculous claims that he saved the lives of millions of innocent people. The German people were shocked by this terrible crime and may never recover from the assassination of this "great man" who pulled Germany together and got the trains running on time.
posted on 04/11/2004 7:03:01 AM PDT
(I'm voting for John Kerry until I vote against him in November)
Kerry gave his acceptance speech from Windows on the World, the elegant restaurant atop the World Trade Center's Tower One.
Imo, in this IF world, ironically, the WTC still would have been hit. Just at a different time. These Islamic a$$holes won't stop until they're dead.
posted on 04/11/2004 7:06:33 AM PDT
by M Kehoe
posted on 04/11/2004 7:09:54 AM PDT
(Vienna said the middlemen come from Ger, Nether,Belg, S Af, Jap,Dub, Mal,USA,Rus,Chin,and Pak.)
Irony is lost on some people. This kind of satire is soooo obvious. It probably won't change anybody's mind. People who are shocked, shocked that "Bush knew", are the same ones who protest the fairly minimal security measures taken since 9/11.
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In a related story
Kerrey recalls hundreds of thousands of U.S. National Guard Troops from the Texas Mexican border.
Our long time peaceful relationship with Mexico has been strained because of the Isolationist Policy of the Bush Administration. Kerrey told a large group of ELWFP temporary citizens, on Friday.
As you know the ELWFP (Entry Level Work Force Project) temporary citizens are now able to come in the country freely due in large part to Kerreys willingness to appease all foreign countries.
ELWFP temporary citizens have recently begun to flood into the country across all U.S. borders. Kerreys new ELWFP includes the brilliant sub-clause of allowing any foreign citizen to print their own Yellow ELWFP Card on a laser printer. In a stroke of genius Kerrey signed off on the recent MacCain-Frumpman bill which encourages all class one felons from Mexico to download official ELWFP Yellow Card permit forms from the Pueblo Colorado home office. Now American citizens are free to enjoy the good life while the Mexicans can do all the jobs that Americans refuse to do! Kerrey and President Fox of Mexico hammered out a plan to begin sending all Mexican Class One Prisoners north across the new open border, in a handshake agreement last week. President Fox thanked President Kerrey for helping solve their serious Mexican Prison Overcrowding situation.
The Department of Interior will begin the Water for Visitors Program, next week. This program, Kerrey says, will supply needed fresh purified water to the southern border regions through a massive pipe grid system along our border with Mexico. The project will be competed in mid 2009.
But until it is finished U.S. Border Patrol officers will tow ample supplies of fresh water around in huge tanks built for the government. We dont want our new temporary citizens to get the idea they are second rate said Kerrey, I have instructed the officers to assist all Mexicans in their arduous journey from the south. In a memo from the White House Kerrey suggested officers carry maps and help direct all Mexicans to the nearest hospitals, to avoid potential law suits from them.
posted on 04/11/2004 7:49:55 AM PDT
by Jack Armstrong
(a Post Modern America adrift in the Dark)
To: Northern Yankee
What public outcry?!
Translation: Public Outcry = Deomcrat desperation to regain the White House. There is no limit as to how low they can stoop. The Dems are so low they carry unbrellas so the ants won't pee on them.
posted on 04/11/2004 9:50:05 AM PDT
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Can you write a "What If Democrat politicians upheld their oaths of office instead of being traitorous power-drunk worms?"
posted on 04/11/2004 10:12:41 AM PDT
It would have been more realistic had the 9-11 attacks occurred "in response to" Bush's war.
posted on 04/11/2004 10:19:44 AM PDT
To: notorious vrc
Sorry but Kathleen Parker is way off on this one. She should be writing about President Hillary.
posted on 04/11/2004 10:25:52 AM PDT
To: notorious vrc; Dr.Deth
Sorry. Satire only works well if it's believable.
posted on 04/11/2004 10:26:55 AM PDT
(Hillary! 2004: All Bill's Dishonesty, Half Of His Skills.)
To: txradioguy; gonzo; oldglory; Matchett-PI; Bob Ireland
A great read from Orlando's own. From the slantinel, no less!
posted on 04/11/2004 10:28:47 AM PDT
(I'm back! (Where's Jesse Jackson!))
posted on 04/11/2004 10:29:02 AM PDT
(Out of the NIC ,into the Router, out to the Cloud....Nothing but 'Net)
no author of fiction is creative enough to write such a piece of fantasy in a compelling and credible manner.
posted on 04/11/2004 1:22:05 PM PDT
by King Prout
(You may disagree with what I have to say... but I will defend to YOUR death MY right to say it.)
What did the dots say? Not much, in retrospect. Apparently, the president decided to bomb a benign country on the basis of "chatter" that hinted at "something big."
To: Ms. AntiFeminazi; LurkerNoMore!; hellinahandcart; sauropod; dighton
Brilliant. Must Read!
posted on 04/11/2004 4:41:58 PM PDT
Hey stranger :)
Thanks for the bump. I'll read it tonight.
posted on 04/11/2004 4:54:20 PM PDT
by Ms. AntiFeminazi
(Free Mumia! er, Free Padilla!, no, that's been done. I know, FREE SADDAM!, yeah, that's the ticket!)
Excellent, again!! Parker wrote a similar column nearly two years ago that began with the same title...In a Parallel Universe... and FR still has it but my linking skills are lacking.
posted on 04/11/2004 7:23:58 PM PDT
("The cause of freedom is in good hands." GWB)
To: mcmuffin; Luke FReeman
Geez, Dave. Make up your mind! And Jesse Pokechop is over at my house on TV..............FRegards
posted on 04/11/2004 7:25:38 PM PDT
(Y'know, crime just don't pay like it used to..............)
To: Jack Armstrong
That is such a realistic "what if" for those of us from Texas that it's frightening. I only pray that it never comes true.
posted on 04/11/2004 9:14:55 PM PDT
(HOOAH!!!...Not Just A Word...A Way Of Life!!!)
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