The Sept. 11 commission found that an American plan in early 1999 to launch a missile attack against a hunting camp in Afghanistan, which Mr. bin Laden appeared to be using, was postponed because three Emirates officials were also at the camp at the time. Policymakers “were concerned about the danger that a strike would kill an Emirati prince or other senior officials who might be with bin Laden or close by,” and Mr. bin Laden moved on after the strike was put off, the report said.
Wow, it seems that 9/11 can be blamed on petty international politics. I can’t help but wonder why there were 3 officials from the United Arab Emirates chillin’ with Bin Laden and more importantly, why there were 80 fighter jets being sold around the same time…. This isn’t conspiracy theory, this is the sad truth that Bin Laden could have been taken out, but apparently was given a bye because Lockheed Martin… Corporate interest over national security? nawww… Also the anonymous author of “Imperial Hubris” now has a name: Michael F. Scheuer- looks like the CIA outted one of their own- better than Robert “whatta hack” Novak. I wonder if this subject has been covered over at talking points memo? [update- it looks like he didn’t! oh well!]