The 9/11 Conspiracy Nuts. You trip over one fundamental idiocy of the 9/11 conspiracy nuts — – the ones who say Bush and Cheney masterminded the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon — in the first paragraph of the opening page of the book by one of their high priests, David Ray Griffin, The New Pearl Harbor. “In many respects,” Griffin writes, “the strongest evidence provided by critics of the official account involves the events of 9/11 itself… In light of standard procedures for dealing with hijacked airplanes… not one of these planes should have reached its target, let alone all three of them.”
The operative word here is “should”. One characteristic of the nuts is that they have a devout, albeit preposterous belief in American efficiency, thus many of them start with the racist premise that “Arabs in caves” weren’t capable of the mission. They believe that military systems work the way Pentagon press flacks and aerospace salesmen say they should work.
It’s the same pattern with the 9/11 nuts, who proffer what they demurely call “disturbing questions”, though they disdain all answers but their own. They seize on coincidences and force them into sequences they deem to be logical and significant. Like mad Inquisitors, they pounce on imagined clues in documents and photos, torturing the data –- as the old joke goes about economists — till the data confess. Their treatment of eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence is whimsical. Apparent anomalies that seem to nourish their theories are brandished excitedly; testimony that undermines their theories – like witnesses of a large plane hitting the Pentagon — is contemptuously brushed aside.
Naturally, there are conspiracies. I think there is strong evidence that FDR did have knowledge that a Japanese naval force in the north Pacific was going to launch an attack on Pearl Harbor. Roosevelt thought it would be a relatively mild assault and thought it would be the final green light to get the US into the war. [CounterPunch]
The irony is that FDR’s record of deceit, manipulation, and dangling the lives of American sailors as bait for German and Japanese warships has gradually come out thanks to the efforts of people who have over the decades slowly dug it out. Today, even Roosevelt apologists admit that he was responsible for dragging the US into World War Two (although of course they think that’s a good thing). But if the 9/11 nutjobs had been around back then, any serious attempt to find out what happened would have been derailed by frenzied claims that the Japanese never bombed Pearl Harbor at all; that it had really been the US Navy carriers that were then at sea that had made the attack.