We all knew that, with the passage of time, 9/11 would merit nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders from our leftist intellectual elite.
We’ve arrived at that point. The L.A. Times‘s Rosa Brooks tells us that Al Qaeda was really no big deal in 2001. They just got lucky:
In 2001, administration stalwarts suggested that Osama bin Laden rivaled Hitler in the danger he posed to U.S. security and insisted that Al Qaeda’s power was so great that nothing short of a “global war on terror” was required.
At that time, most experts say, this description of Al Qaeda simply wasn’t true. It was little more than an obscure group of extremist thugs, well financed and intermittently lethal but relatively limited in their global and regional political pull. On 9/11, they got lucky — but despite the unexpected success of their attack on the U.S., they did not pose an imminent mortal threat to the nation.
Badger 6 begs to differ:
Al Qaeda is a highly organized and discipline military organization, four large commercial aircraft are not commandeered in mid-flight, three of which are then redirected into buildings, due to luck. For the events of that day to be successful, a high degree of coordination and security was required. To dismiss that as pure luck is pure folly and naive.
Folly? Naivete? From the L.A. Times??
Say it ain’t so!