I loved the World Trade Center towers and had many occasions to visit them and even DJ/co-emcee at a party there once upon a night. Granted that hindsight is 20/20, but I said this then on September 11, 2001, and I say it now, and had our “leader” been as bold as he talked tough or as those in the war-torn past century, we wouldn’t be pouring money needed here in “the States” into an unwinnable war in Afghanistan today, or Iraq yesterday. I would have chosen the Truman option; I’d have nuked the hell out of wherever we thought Osama Bin Laden and his cohorts were and possibly leveled Afghanistan by September 15, 2001.
The Japanese in WWII were as brutal to our troops and civilians as Al Qaeda/Taliban was on “9/11”, and that is all the justification I would have needed. The United States strayed from being no-holds- barred under President Clinton who wrongly instituted “political correctness” at home and abroad. All that did was make this country look vulnerable and weak. There are no “safe” wars, and innocents will get killed if you are to win.
I always hear my Dad, the late WWII U.S. Army Major (one of few Black American men to achieve that rank back then) say about our fighting in Vietnam that “we are fighting with one arm tied behind our backs.” I am sure he would say the same thing today about the USA pouring resources needed at home into fighting those who are engaging in a mythical “holy war” if he were still with us here in the physical world. He had another prophecy that he expounded to my Mum and I back in the early 1990s, “They are building a silent army and Trojan Horse over here…” By “they” back then he meant “Arabs” because we didn’t speak in terms of “Muslims” unless talking about the U.S./Chicago-based Nation of Islam. Noticing the influx of these new “immigrants”, he felt that they had meaner intentions than those who came to Ellis Island earlier in the twentieth century whe he was a young man. Prophecy fulfilled.
If you are the big, bad “superpower” and you let some upstart fanatic bloody your lip and don’t squash them then and there, you get what we have now and you are not so “super” anymore. Where was the Enola Gay when we needed her – and the guts to use it?
With all the fuss over whether Iran is building a nuclear program, I wonder why, when if you have the ability to use one when attacked visciously, you don’t. I do not see that as the high road, but an off-ramp.