So now we’ve got a New York Times op-ed by Kurt Eichenwald “reporting” that “(t)hroughout that summer, there were events that might have exposed the plans, had the government been on high alert.” The headline from The Atlantic Wire on September 11, 2012 heralding these revelations stated simply that “Bush Knew More About Bin Laden’s Plans Than We Realized”.
For as long as I can remember there has been a Richie Cunningham exuberance, a Ronald Reagan reverence and a Mickey Mouse optimism many Americans have held for our country. When you package the three of those together, you too easily concoct a magic potion that puts those citizens, our fellow Americans, into this mystical trance that leads them to believe with all their hearts that we are un-fucking-touchable. That no other country in the world (or throughout the entire universe for us Mulderesque wingnuts) that will ever be more prosperous, more powerful, more protected or more productive than the U. S. of A.
When those in power, when those who have sought and attained the responsibility for keeping it that way for the American people start to believe all of that, we’re in deep, deep trouble.
On September 11, 2001 a large portion of those Walt Disney fantasies came crashing to the ground directly underneath Windows on the World. I maintain just enough naivete to refuse to believe that anybody in those positions would have intentionally ignored any reasonably verified warnings that we were going to suffer a bitch-slapping of apocalyptic proportions, but I have no problem believing they could not conceive of that possibility because we are the U. S. of fuckin’ A. and we are untouchable and nothing like that could ever happen on their blindly narcissistic watch.
So with pictures of King Kong on top of the Empire State Building and of the second plane hitting the South Tower running through my meandering mind, I can’t help but think it wasn’t Bin Laden or Al Quaeda…
twas hubris brought down the Towers.
Bin Laden paid the price for his contribution.
The rest of us are on a payment plan.