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publicado por Nuno Gouveia, às 22:54link do post | comentar

George Friedman, CEO da Stratfor, analiza os últimos 10 anos e o esforço de guerra americano

 

9/11 and the Successful War

Yet there have been no further attacks. This is not, I think, because they did not intend to carry out such attacks. It is because the United States forced the al Qaeda leadership to flee Afghanistan during the early days of the U.S. war, disrupting command and control. It is also because U.S. covert operations on a global scale attacked and disrupted al Qaeda's strength on the ground and penetrated its communications. A significant number of attacks on the United States were planned and prosecuted. They were all disrupted before they could be launched, save for the attempted and failed bombing in Times Square, the famed shoe bomber and, my favorite, the crotch bomber. Al Qaeda has not been capable of mounting effective attacks against the United States (though it has conducted successful attacks in Spain and Britain) because the United States surged its substantial covert capabilities against it.

O historiador Niall Fergusson oferece uma visão da história alternativa, se o 11 de Setembro não tivesse sucedido. 

 

What If 9/11 Had Never Happened?

Let’s start in January 2001 and thwart the 9/11 attacks by having Condi Rice and Paul Wolfowitz heed Richard Clarke’s warnings about Al Qaeda. The game starts off well. Al -Qaeda is preemptively decapitated, its leaders rounded up in a series of covert operations and left to the tender mercies of their home governments. President Bush gets to focus on tax cuts, his first love.

But then, three years later, the murky details of this operation surface on the front page of The New York Times. John Kerry, the Democratic candidate for the presidency, denounces the “criminal conduct” of the Bush administration. Liberal pundits foam at the mouth. Ordinary Americans, unseared by 9/11, are shocked. Osama bin Laden issues a fierce denunciation of the U.S. from his Saudi prison cell. It triggers a wave of popular anger in the Middle East that topples any regime seen as too close to Washington.


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José Gomes André

Investigador de Filosofia Política, redigiu tese de doutoramento sobre James Madison. Autor de "Sistema Político e Eleitoral Norte-Americano: um Roteiro" (Esfera do Caos, 2008). Escreve também no Delito de Opinião.
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Nuno Gouveia

Autor de uma tese de mestrado sobre as eleições presidenciais americanas de 2008. Escreve também no 31 da Armada e Cachimbo de Magritte.
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Alexandre Burmester

Define-se como um "ávido seguidor amador" da política americana, que acompanha há mais de 40 anos. As suas habilitações académicas situam-se na área da Língua e Literatura Inglesas e foi quadro de uma multinacional canadiana
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