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Gaffe or Freudian slip?

That’s what I ask when I see Defense Secretary Leon Panetta make this statement:

“The reason you guys are here is because of 9/11. The US got attacked and 3,000 human beings got killed because of Al-Qaeda,” Panetta told about 150 soldiers at the Camp Victory US base.

“We’ve been fighting as a result of that,” he said.

The fact of the matter is that no matter what you want reality to be, the decisions to go into Iraq allowed our military to draw Al Qaeda there, and our military then basically crushed them. Afghanistan is proving to be a huge problem because Pakistan is unreliable and outright hostile IMO.

That wasn’t his only “gaffe” – he also said this:

The new defence secretary also committed a faux pas in Afghanistan on Saturday, telling reporters the United States intends to keep 70,000 troops there until 2014.

President Barack Obama’s administration has said it plans a steady withdrawal of US forces until the Afghans can take over their own security. Panetta’s aides immediately retracted his remarks.

Maybe this too was a Freudian slip. Obama was just electioneering and Panetta just likely got reality and the narrative confused.

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  1. hist_ed says:

    What is funny is how the press needs to squash this. “My god man, he is departing for the holy canon of liberal pieties, we must do a big story about how wrong he is.” Whatever you think of Hussein’s connections to terrorism, no sane person disputes the fact that our invasion of Iraq would not have happened without the 9/11 attacks.

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  2. Kimpost says:

    Here’s another agreement with me. The Iraq war definitely would not have happened without 9/11, and that’s all that needs to be acknowledged.

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  3. balthazar says:

    Well too fucking bad it did happen eh? Why the hell does it “need to be acknowledged?”
    Where the heck are you going with this, or is this a libby throw away “meh meh I told you so” even though we never fuckin asked, comment?

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  4. Kimpost says:

    Huh? All I was saying was that the Panetta “gaffe” should be a non-issue. I agreed with hist_ed. You don’t need to think anything about the Iraq war, to acknowledge that it would not have happened without 9/11.

    Chill the fuck out, professor.

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  5. AlexInCT says:

    Unfortunately the left here in the US will not even acknowledge that, because then they have to admit 9/11 changed things. When the goal is go back to the politics of 9/10, you kind of have to pretend 9/11 didn’t happen or blame it on the US.

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