THE ECONTRARIAN

A tad askew from the traditional view

Friday, August 19, 2005

HEY, HERE'S A WILD THOUGHT

SUPPOSE - JUST SUPPOSE - THAT AT SOME POINT SOON AFTER "9/11," A TIME WHEN THE NATION WAS GRIPPED IN FEAR, THE BUSH FAMILY AND/OR ASSOCIATES HAMMERED OUT A DEAL WITH THE BIN LADEN FAMILY UNDER WHICH THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION AGREED NOT TO PURSUE BIN LADEN WITH THE AMOUNT OF PERSISTANCE NECESSARY TO CATCH HIM, AND THE BIN LADEN FAMILY SECURED FROM OSAMA, IN RETURN, A PLEDGE TO REFRAIN FROM COMMITTING TERRORIST ATTACKS ON UNITED STATES SOIL. AS REDICULOUS AS THIS SOUNDS, THERE ARE A NUMBER OF FACTS THAT CAUSE ONE TO AT LEAST THINK ABOUT IT, AND THESE FACTS HAVE BEEN WIDELY PUBLICIZED. TO WIT:

1) THE BIN LADEN FAMILY IS A $5 BILLION A YEAR GLOBAL BUSINESS ACCORDING TO THE NEW YORKER MAGAZINE AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS. OVER THE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN SUBSTANTIAL AND FRIENDLY TIES BETWEEN THE BIN LADEN FAMILY AND THE FOREIGN POLICY ESTABLISHMENTS OF THE U.S. AND BRITAIN.
2) THE BUSH'S ARE NO STRANGERS TO THE BIN LADENS. IT WAS OFFICIALLY REPORTED THAT FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH AND JAMES BAKER VISITED THE BIN LADEN FAMILY IN SAUDI ARABIA IN THE 1990'S. THE EXTENT OF UNOFFICIAL CONTACTS IN THE U.S. ARE UNKNOWN BUT ARE PROBABLY SUBSTANTIAL.
3) THE BIN LADEN FAMILY INVESTED IN THE CARLYLE GROUP, A PRIVATE EQUITY FIRM WITH A LARGE INTEREST IN DEFENSE CONTRACTING AND WHO'S EXECUTIVES INCLUDED FORMER PRESIDENT BUSH.
4) IT HAS BEEN REPORTED THAT MEMBERS OF THE BIN LADEN FAMILY HAVE MAINTAINED DIRECT AND INDIRECT CONTACTS WITH OSAMA.
5) ONE OF THE CONUNDRUMS NOT MENTIONED BY ALAN GREENSPAN IS WHY GEORGE BUSH RATHER SUDDENLY REDEPLOYED THE ARMED FORCES OF THE U.S. FROM THEIR MISSION TO CAPTURE OSAMA TO A NEW MISSION TO CAPTURE SADAM, SOMEONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN CONNECTED IN ANY WAY WITH 9/11.
6) WE SUCCEEDED IN FINDING SADAM IN A HOLE IN THE GROUND - SO THE OFFICIAL STORY GOES - BUT WE'VE BEEN UNABLE OVER ALL THESE YEARS TO EVEN CATCH SIGHT OF AN EXTRAORDINARILY TALL FIGURE WHO OFTEN DISTINGUISHES HIMSELF WITH THE WEARING OF A PURE WHITE ROBE IN A TREELESS ENVIRONMENT.
7) WHEN THE PAKASTANI LEADER VISITED WASHINGTON A YEAR OR SO AGO, IT WAS REPORTED THAT PRESIDENT BUSH CAUTIONED HIM NOT TO WASTE HIS ENERGIES AND MONEYS IN THE PURSUIT OF OSAMA.
7) HARDLY A WEEK GOES BY THAT WE DON'T READ OF SOME WEAKNESS IN OUR DOMESTIC DEFENSE AGAINST TERORRISM, BE IT IN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM, SHIPS UNLOADING AT OUR PORTS, BORDER CROSSINGS, ETC., ETC., AND YET.....
8) TERRORIST ATTACKS HAVE CONTINUED TO OCCUR ON A WORLD WIDE SCALE, EXCEPT ON UNITED STATES SOIL!

A WILD IDEA, TO BE SURE, BUT THEN....................


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