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September 10, 2021

The Same Complacency, Cocksure Overconfidence, Lack Of Common Sense And Willful Blindness That Produced 9/11 Again Dominates Thinking In Washington DC

- The Afghanistan debacle is symptomatic of an incompetence that can kill millions of Americans 

By Dr Peter Vincent Pry for All News Pipeline

Twenty years ago, on September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks using hijacked airliners as missiles collapsed the Twin Towers skyscrapers in New York City, struck the Pentagon, crashed an airliner in a remote field in Pennsylvania, the heroic passengers preventing destruction of the Capitol in Washington, DC, killed about 3,000 people, and frightened all America into worrying “What’s next?”


For the generation that witnessed these events, that launched a decades-long Global War on Terrorism, the tragic genesis is known simply as “9/11”—both the date of the terror attacks and, ironically, the call number for emergencies.


Twenty years later, to a new generation “9/11” is ancient history that needs to be explained, like “Pearl Harbor” and “World War II” need to be explained. 


Dangerously, the Biden Administration and Washington elites who dominate the foreign policy, defense, and intelligence communities, powerful politicians and bureaucrats who lived through 9/11 and were taught about Pearl Harbor, have forgotten the national security lessons of both.


Pearl Harbor happened because of a failure of strategic imagination, because of false belief that Japan would not dare attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  Until Japan’s air raid on Pearl Harbor actually struck on December 7, 1941, the consensus among Washington experts was that such an attack could not happen—because aircraft carriers had never been used to sink a fleet of battleships before, so it would not happen now.


9/11 happened because of a failure of strategic imagination, because of false belief that terrorists would not dare attack the U.S. homeland.  Until al Qaeda hijacked U.S. airliners and flew them into buildings, the consensus among Washington experts was that such an attack could not  happen—because it had never happened before, and so would not happen now.


The same complacency, cocksure overconfidence, lack of common sense, and willful blindness that produced Pearl Harbor and 9/11 again dominate thinking in Washington.  The Afghanistan debacle is symptomatic of an incompetence that can kill millions of Americans. 


Below is a partial list of future Pearl Harbors and 9/11s waiting to happen:    


Russian conquest of European NATO is regarded in Washington as a virtual impossibility because: a few thousand U.S. troops in the Baltics and Poland are supposedly a “trip wire” providing extended nuclear deterrence; U.S. conventional forces are supposedly technologically superior to Russia’s and can be projected across the Atlantic to save NATO; and NATO is supposedly unbreakable, so strong are the ties that bind Europe and Washington.


Yet analyses by both the Department of Defense and RAND find that Russia can overrun NATO’s frontline states in Eastern Europe in 72 hours.  Russia has an at least 10-to-1 advantage over the U.S. in tactical nuclear weapons, that could easily destroy U.S. and allied nuclear weapons based in Europe, and blast through U.S. and allied conventional forces to quickly reach the English Channel. 


Would Germany and France’s progressive, anti-nationalist, and environmentally “woke” political leaders even fight when the first Russian nuclear EMP attack turns-off the lights across Western Europe? 


China’s conquest of Taiwan and nuclear war with the U.S. is regarded in Washington as a virtual impossibility because: China supposedly does not yet have enough sealift capability to invade Taiwan; the U.S. Navy and U.S. nuclear superiority provide extended deterrence to Taiwan; and China’s nuclear “No First Use” policy promises they will not make a surprise nuclear attack.


Yet China may be able to conquer Taiwan with missile and air strikes—including nuclear strikes if necessary—the way the U.S. forced the surrender of Imperial Japan in 1945 from the air, including by using A-bombs, without having to invade. 


The U.S. intelligence community estimated in January that China has only 200 nuclear warheads, while the U.S. with 1,400 nuclear weapons supposedly has clear superiority. 


However, recently satellites discovered China is building 350-400 missile silos, probably for their DF-41 ICBM carrying 10 warheads.  Now analysts warn China could in a few years have 3,000 nuclear weapons and clear superiority over the U.S. 


China also recently threatened, if even a single Japanese soldier or ship comes to defend Taiwan, China will suspend its “No First Use” pledge and force Japan to surrender with nuclear strikes on their home islands, to be followed by occupation. 


Will the U.S. risk nuclear war with China to defend Taiwan?


“Climate change” is the “new World War II” according to Washington elites.  Yet real existential threats like Cyber Warfare, solar and manmade EMP are neglected.


On May 7, Russia’s cyber-attack on Colonial Pipeline turned-off gasoline to the eastern U.S.—including to east coast military bases that would project power to defend NATO.


The Biden Administration’s impotent non-response to this cyber-attack, an optimistically named Executive Order “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity” ducks responsibility, urging private sector utilities and industries to protect themselves from Cyber Warfare. 


Biden’s suspension of Trump’s Executive Order “Securing the U.S. Bulk-Power System” re-opens the door to importing equipment critical to U.S. electric grids from China—inviting Beijing to “turn off the lights” in America, as they did to India’s city of Mumbai (population 20 million) in October 2020.


Will Washington never learn the lessons of Pearl Harbor and 9/11? (ANP: And just think, if 9/11 really was a huge false flag event, and many of the same people are running the show in Washington DC now, what's next in their devious plans to take down America? Sure looks like we're about to find out!) 

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