Thursday, July 22, 2004

9/11 Report

Just scanning over the 9/11 Executive Summary I came upon this.

Since the plotters were flexible and resourceful, we can not know whether any single step or series of steps would have defeated them. What we can say with confidence is that none of the measures adopted by the U.S. government from 1998 to 2001 disturbed or even delayed the progress of the Al Qaeda plot. Across the government, there were failures of imagination, policies, capabilities and managment.

The first thing that comes to mind after reading this is, all those people who said Bush could have done something, were wrong. Yes, steps could have been taken but, as the summary shows, even these steps wouldn't have stopped them.

The most important part of this statement is the last line. I hate this saying but, it fits here, we didn't think outside the box. We were wearing blinders because, we didn't expect this. We had tunnel vision and couldn't get out of the tunnel. Enough cliches.

The important part, NOW, is that we learn, we grow and we strive to do better than we did. We have made steps in this direction, we need to make more.