Was 9/11 the Catalyst for America's Decline or Was It Inevitable?

Letters to the Editor | September 21, 2011, Wednesday // 10:47

9/11 was a tragedy waiting to happen because of American foreign policy past and present with the reverberations still with us.

You would have thought that from previous experiences in Asia during the nineteen fifties and sixties, they would have learnt the lesson that you can't bomb a resolute people into submission alone, but require a strategy that has an end game plan.

During the Second World War the thousand bomber day light raids on Germany, eventually broke the backs of the Nazis and the German people, but in North Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq bombing people into submission has never worked, as everyone has seen.

If the Americans did all this by themselves it would be bad enough, but they drag everyone else in by way of the UN and NATO, to get the world's blessings and a mandate to carry out their aggression on whomever they dislike or don't buy into the  "American Dream". The recent Wikileaks disclosure of the cables sent by the then American Ambassador to Bulgaria, shows how the Americans exerted maximum pressure on the Bulgarians to send more Rangers to Afghanistan.

If the BSP who were the government at the time had any brains, they would have seen that this action makes Bulgaria a target for extremists at any time in the future.

Since 9/11 the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq have been abject failures for American foreign policy and the body bags have returned home in their thousands, along with hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians killed in both countries.

By the end of 2008, the U.S. had spent approximately $900 billion in direct costs on the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Indirect costs such as interest on the additional debt and incremental costs of caring for the more than 33,000 wounded borne by the Veterans Administration are additional. Some experts estimate these indirect costs will eventually exceed the direct costs.

American is now bankrupt with 14.71 trillion dollars of debt that China, Russian (old adversaries) and the rest of the world has been buying up, so that it can still stay afloat.

The number of Americans living in poverty rose to a record 46.2 million last year, official data has shown. This is the highest figure since the US Census Bureau started collecting the data in 1959. In percentage terms, the poverty rate rose to 15.1%, up from 14.3% in 2009.

The American Dream has turned sour!

On 9th August 2007 the Americans inflected another cataclysmic event on the world, the 'credit crunch'. We have all heard so much of how it originated in some relatively reckless mortgage lending in the USA. This was partially obscured by the banks 'cleverly' repackaging and reselling these loans to other banks and financial institutions.

The ramifications of these present economic problems will last for decades, with new powers of commerce emerging in the East.... Also, the uprisings in the Arab world are to the determent of the old alliances that American had with the despots who have now been removed. Israel is also going to be more isolated in the Middle East region and not so significant in causing problems worldwide; with it's intransigent towards everything.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin recently accused the United States of living beyond its means "like a parasite" on the global economy and said dollar dominance was a threat to the financial markets.  

The country that has given the world so much in Technology, Innovations, Literature, Entertainment, etc over the last hundred years, has been let down by it's own policy makers who have hood - winked the American people into believing the propaganda they are proliferating.  

Keith Gregory

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