Bin Laden and his allies are absolutely convinced they can succeed in forcing America to retreat and causing our economic collapse.
Hear the words of bin Laden, in a message to the American people earlier this year. He says: "The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever."
-- G.W. Bush, September 5, 2006
After GW Bush's election in 2000 his administration didn't wield much power, and his ability to change American government was limited.
However, since the attacks of 9/11/2001 (and the anthrax attacks on top Democrats two weeks later) Bush's power has been unchecked, and there have been massive tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans, while our nation is being bankrupted with record debt, and programs for poor and middle class Americans are relatively stagnant or reduced. If one were less delicate, they might say that our nation has been looted. The profits made by Halliburton and other war profiteers since 9/11 is obscene. The military industrial complex has seen their profits skyrocket.
If one was a suspicious person, they might think that all this may not have been accidental. Turns out there are a lot of suspicious people. A website includes a list of military, government, and intelligence veterans who are demanding a new 9/11 investigation that would include investigating the possibility that members of the Bush Administration were complicit in the attacks on America on September 11, 2001. Among them are:
Edward L. Peck Deputy Director of the White House Task Force on Terrorism under Ronald Reagan. Former Deputy Coordinator, Covert Intelligence Programs at the State Department. U.S. Ambassador and Chief of Mission to Iraq (1977-80). 32-year veteran of the Foreign Service.
Morton Goulder Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Warning under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter (1973-77). Founder of Sanders Associates.
Paul Craig Roberts, PhD Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury under Ronald Reagan, "Father of Reaganomics", Former Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. Currently Chairman of the Institute for Political Economy and Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
Catherine Austin Fitts Assistant Secretary of Housing under George H.W. Bush. Former Managing Director and Member of the Board of Wall Street investment bank, Dillon, Read & Co
Fred Burks Former State Department Interpreter for Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore, Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright. 18-year State Department career.
Col. Ronald D. Ray, U.S. Marine Corps (ret) Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Reagan Administration and a highly decorated Vietnam veteran (two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart). Appointed by President George H.W. Bush to serve on the American Battle Monuments Commission (1990-1994), and on the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces. From 1990 through 1994, he served as Military Historian and Deputy Director of Field Operations for the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Center, Washington, D.C.
Col. Robert Bowman, PhD, U.S. Air Force (ret) Director of Advanced Space Programs Development under Presidents Ford and Carter. U.S. Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions. (PhD in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering, Cal Tech).
Col. George Nelson, U.S. Air Force (ret) Former U.S. Air Force aircraft accident investigator and airplane parts authority. 34-year Air Force career.
Major Douglas Rokke, PhD, U.S. Army (ret) Former Director U.S. Army Depleted Uranium Project.
Capt. Russ Wittenberg, U.S. Air Force Former Air Force fighter pilot with over 100 combat missions. Commercial pilot for Pan Am and United Airlines for 35 years, flying 707, 720, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, and 777 's. Had previously flown the actual two United Airlines airplanes that were hijacked on 9/11 (Flight 93, which impacted in Pennsylvania, and Flight 175, the second plane to hit the WTC).
Lt. Col. Stephen L. Butler, EdD, U.S. Air Force (ret) Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the Defense Language Institute. Served as a B-52 Radar Navigator in the Gulf War. 24-year Air Force career.