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  •  Not So Fast (none)
    "it's not an unreasonable assumption to make"

    Assumptions are always unreasonable to make. You should have some facts before you make any kind of judgement, it seems to me, especially one involving the deaths of thousands of people. Judgements are especially dangerous when based on assumptions, even when hedged with wanting to examine all angles. Saying chimp's complicity in 9/11 is more than recklessness and gross incompetence is not reality-base.

    But I understand your skepticism, when we're forced to fear our government.

    Iraq is deja vu all over again.

    by chuco35 on Thu Feb 10, 2005 at 07:57:16 PM PST

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    •  I'm not issuing a judgment (none)
      of any kind.

      I'm simply saying that it bears consideration in light of what else we know about this administration.

      Separate the idea that he assisted the attacks (which is full complicity, and no one is suggesting) from the idea that he willingly allowed something to happen and you arrive at a very reasonable conclusion.

      Assumptions are useful tools when solving problems; they help to guide the interpretation of data in the absence of concrete facts.

      "If English was good enough for Jesus Christ, it's good enough for us." - former Texas Governor Miriam Ferguson, on barring foreign language teaching

      by JT88 on Fri Feb 11, 2005 at 03:00:05 AM PST

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      •  Just Incompetance (none)
        Chimp willingly allowing 9/11 to happen would mean that he and his cohorts, in a stroke of mad collective genius, successfuly conspired to ignore warnings from the CIA, Clarke, Clinton people, and others, so that chimp would benefit from the fallout of a terrorist attack. All while being so wizened that these geniuses had figured out correctly that they would not be discovered, that they would be able to hide documents showing that they knew or should have known without a doubt, and that they would be able to neutralize any "incompetence" backlash aimed at them. This is all pretty far-fetched, IMHO.

        I've found that if you can explain a policy failure by means of either a conspiracy of those executing it, or just plain incompetence, that it's almost always incompetance at play.  

        Iraq is deja vu all over again.

        by chuco35 on Fri Feb 11, 2005 at 08:48:07 AM PST

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