Could We Have Avoided 9/11? Hell yes!

9 April 2004 8:30pm

Members of the Taliban in Afganistan before the fall

The turmoil and attention surrounding the 9/11 Hearings have centered on whether the Bush Administration had enough information to have averted the attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

I am not one who believes that had we only had the forsight to limit our civil libereties before September 11, 2001 we could have escaped the tragedy of that day. The problem was not that the FBI anjd CIA were not sharing intelligence.

The problem was the lousy oil pipeline deal that Bush was trying to get for US oil companies. The deal was so important to Bush that intelligence agencies were told to go easy on the Taliban and their links to Al Queda.

In the beginning of August, the Bush administration delivered what amounted to an ultimatum to the Taliban. The Taliban representatives were reportedly told: accept our offer and receive "a carpet of gold or you'll would get a carpet of bombs."
That's a quote, according to French authors Jean-Charles Brisard and Guillaume Dasquie, who wrote book about this extraordinary business deal titled "Bin Laden: The Forbidden Truth"

The book claims that Bush ordered the FBI and other U.S. law enforcement groups to back off on terrorist related investigations while the oil pipeline negotiations were underway! Some have said FBI's Deputy Director John O'Neill resigned in July of 2001 in protest over this obstruction.

After watching the recent 9/11 Commission Hearings I remembered stories that floated through the media for months after the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked. Those stories have evaporated from TV but they are on the interent. After a bit of browsing some details were refreshed in my mind.

Taleban in Texas for talks on gas pipeline
December 4, 1997 from the BBC [Editor's note: George Bush was Governor of Texas in 1997]
A senior delegation from the Taleban movement in Afghanistan is in the United States for talks with an international energy company that wants to construct a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan across Afghanistan to Pakistan. The 1,300km pipeline will carry gas across Afghanistan's harsh terrain. A spokesman for the company, Unocal, said the Taleban were expected to spend several days at the company's headquarters in Sugarland, Texas.

Spelling It Out
November 19, 2001 from
Fact: The WTC was bombed right after Bush-Taliban oil pipeline talks soured. The talks soured right after the Americans threatened the Taliban to take their offer or else. Bush-Cheneyl and Afghanistan's Taliban negotiated for months over running a Caspian Sea oil pipeline through Afghanistan. Talks began in February and continued right on until only one month before New York City's World Trade Center towers were demolished.
During the course of these negotiations, the two parties were unable to agree upon a deal, Mainly because American oil agents constantly upped the ante on the rather naive Taliban representatives: playing intimidation, bait & switch, and "shell" games relentlessly.

Bush administration negotiations with the Taliban
December 30, 2002 from
American petroleum giant Unocal very much wanted this project for years, but it was stymied in 1998 after bin Laden blew up two American embassies in Africa, causing the Taliban to be diplomatically isolated. There are a number of reports that describe a reinvigoration of this pipeline plan after Bush took office, and further describe the Bush administration's negotiations with the Taliban including threats of war if the project was not allowed to pass through Afghanistan. Some say these threats, in the name of the pipeline, triggered the 9/11 attacks. The Taliban is gone, Afghan President Harmid Karzai is a former Unocal consultant, and the pipeline deal is finally done.

Agreement On US 3.2 Billion Gas Pipeline Project Signed
December 28, 2002 from
Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan on Friday signed here a framework agreement for a US $ 3.2 billion gas pipeline project passing through the three countries. The ceremony was held at the Presidential Palace with the three leaders, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali, President Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signing the document.

Are these things not pertinent to the 9/11 Commission? Is the truth so ugly we can't look at it? Could it be that George Bush was trying to expand his families franchise with intolerant middle eastern governments to enrich that dynasty and the whole thing blew up in his face? Could he be that bad a businessman?

Well to that last question I'd say yes.


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