Question for the 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists:
How Could Clumsy Bush Crowd Pull It Off?
It sickened me to watch and read some of the inevitable coverage of yesterday's fifth anniversary of 9/11. Our idiot president's televised address to the nation was particularly revolting. It all reminded me of the best bumper sticker I've seen lately--"Is it 2008 yet?"--a minimalist lament on how long we've had to put up with this crowd, and how tiresome it's become for lots of Americans.
At the same time, all the tangled conspiracy theories about how the American government supposedly was behind the attacks are getting pretty silly (heck, if there was some substance to them, don't you think Oliver Stone would have made his 9/11 movie about that, rather than about the heart-tugging rescue of some port authority workers?). No matter: about one-third of Americans, according to polls, believe some version of these absurd scenarios.
The writer Gore Vidal may have said it best, in an interview with Progressive Magazine, published in its August issue. Asked if he believed the administration might have been behind the attacks, he had this to say: "I'm willing to believe practically any mischief on the part of the Bush people. No, I don't think they did it, as some conspiracy people think. Why? Because it was too intelligently done. This is beyond the competence of Bush and Cheney and Rumsfield. They couldn't pull off a caper like 9/11. They are too clumsy."