Fifteen years after 9/11, do we even have a plan to fight terror?

George W. Bush’s 2003 “Mission Accomplished” speech will be looked at in future years as an oddity. As if it’s an excerpt from one of those alternative history novels.

  • Dana Garcia

    Step #1: Don’t bring the enemy tribe inside your house.

    • That seems to have eluded our “betters”

      • Dana Garcia

        Our “betters” apparently believe that if they think enough positive thoughts about diversity, then human conflicts will disappear.

        If only it were that easy.

    • GrimmCreeper

      Step #2: Never, ever forget Step #1.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    “A plan to fight *terror*”? How about ripping down all the roller coasters? If we’re unable or unwilling to even name the enemy we’re screwed.

    • B__2

      Didn’t you see the Allied plans in World War 2 (revised edition), where they devised, “A Plan to Fight Blitzkrieg”, against some unnamed Enemy who was apparently using Blitzkrieg, the fast attack of coordinated soldiers, tanks and tactical aircraft, for some unknown goal or reason.

      These plans were later discarded and new plans announced, “A Plan to Prevent Works of Art and Treasure Throughout Europe Being Transported to Germany”


    • Alain

      Exactly how can you have a plan when you refuse to identify the enemy.

  • B__2

    Of course, the “Mission Accomplished” banner was that requested by the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln as a statement of their 10 month deployment tour, and not a declaration of the end of hostilities by the Bush government. Bush’s speech did say that the government’s mission in Iraq continued .

    Of course it has to be noted: the extreme stupidity of disbanding a huge defeated army in 2003, throwing all of its angry, military-trained soldiers into unemployment and into a society without jobs for them. They really would have been better off with marching their army into the desert and getting them to dig holes and fill them in again. The soldiers would have been under military discipline, been fed and paid and not available to build the insurgency that continues to this day.

    What really didn’t help either was the building of Shari’a into the Iraq constitution in 2005, ensuring that ongoing formal discrimination in the rights of non-muslims and women continued. So much for freedom for many Iraqis.

  • ismiselemeas

    It’s as though every dictum that Sun Tzu wrote was chewed up, spat out and ignored.