September 14, 2005

Who could have predicted 9/11?


From Condoleezza Rice on May 16, 2002

"I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."

From the 9/11 Commission report, August 2004 [after the Dubya administration's edits were restored]:

9/11 report excerpt with restored edit
[Source: National Archives; Graphic: NY Times]

It's absolutely amazing what nobody could have known, isn't it?

Posted by Magpie at September 14, 2005 03:56 PM | War on Terrorism | Technorati links |

Does no one remember the first episode of the X-files spin-off?

It had hyjacked airliners crashing (nearly) into the World Trade Center...

Posted by: Crissa at September 14, 2005 04:16 PM

First it was hijacked planes that nobody could have expected, then it was levees breaking that nobody could have anticipated. Nobody could have anticipated that there were no WMD's, just like nobody could anticipate Bush would get elected.

Posted by: Ken Camp at September 14, 2005 04:48 PM

Ken, you are right. We are living in the Twilight Zone. I never quite internalized that before. It was the Bush election that began signaled our entrance into that zone....

Posted by: Mary at September 15, 2005 09:11 AM

Bush / war / floods / Twilight Zone. What has rome gone and done now!

Posted by: Spanish Workbook at September 15, 2005 11:34 AM