My blind-faith-based Republican friends are oddly silent these days. Hey dorks (said affectionately), I was right from BEFORE the war about the WMDs. Where is my apology? Why isn’t Bush in jail?
The former owner of a recycling plant outside St. Louis, Mr. Berger joined the movement when he grew skeptical of why the 9/11 Commission had failed, to his sense of sufficiency, to answer how the building at 7
World Trade Center collapsed like a ton of bricks. It was his “9/11 trigger,” the incident that drew him in, he said. For others, it might be the fact that the air-defense network did not prevent the attacks that day, or the appearance of thousands of “puts” ? or short-sell bids ? on the nation’s airline stocks. (The 9/11 Commission found the sales innocuous.)
Such “red flags,” as they are sometimes called, were the meat and potatoes of the keynote speech on Friday night by Alex Jones, who is the William Jennings Bryan of the 9/11 band. Mr. Jones, a syndicated radio host, is known for his larynx-tearing screeds against corruption ? fiery, almost preacherly, addresses in which he sweats, balls his fists and often swerves from quoting Roman history to using foul language in a single breath.
At the lectern Friday night, beside a digital projection reading “History of Government Sponsored Terrorism,” Mr. Jones set forth the central tenets of 9/11 Truth: that the military command that monitors aircraft “stood down” on the day of the attacks; that President Bush addressed children in a Florida classroom instead of being whisked off to the White House; that the hijackers, despite what the authorities say, were trained at American military bases; and that the towers did not collapse because of burning fuel and weakened steel but because of a “controlled demolition” caused by pre-set bombs.
According to the group’s Web site, the motive for faking a terrorist attack was to allow the administration “to instantly implement policies its members have long supported, but which were otherwise infeasible.”
Seriously, we should have a “There Were No WMDs, For Dummys” day once a year forever to remind my fellow Americans that they were scammed into a multi-billion dollar war like complete dopes.