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Author Allan LeTourneau thinks so. In Let the Eagle Soar Again, LeTourneau, an average, everyday American, offers a collection of perspectives, solutions, and ideas that may contribute to the betterment of our world, our nation, and our society. In so doing, he ...
Author Allan LeTourneau thinks so. In Let the Eagle Soar Again, LeTourneau, an average, everyday American, offers a collection of perspectives, solutions, and ideas that may contribute to the betterment of our world, our nation, and our society. In so doing, he hopes to show elected officials that ordinary citizens have workable answers to current problems.
LeTourneau tackles a wide variety of issues with tact and truth, including terrorism, the failure of education reform, universal healthcare, the Middle East, financial institutions, and the ever-growing government. He seeks to open the door to public discussion and debate. By studying the lessons, failures, and successes of the past, America might avoid the catastrophic failures of the past and the unimaginable problems of the future.
Timely and compelling, Let the Eagle Soar Again is a call to action for Americans of every political stripe.
As I start this book, I almost feel that I need to apologize to America. I was always too busy to focus on what I felt was an impending 9/11 type of attack on America. I doubt that I could have gotten through the bureaucracy to alert the powers that be. Of course, I also realize no matter what advice or premonition I or any other common citizen might have, it would be absolutely impossible to get the attention of any of our government officials. If you knew that city hall or the White House were going to be blown up tomorrow, you would most likely get a canned response long after the ashes had settled.
I was actually in a similar situation a few years before 9/11. I had wanted to write a book describing the danger America faced as a result of our foreign policy and past events. I examined past attacks on America and American concerns throughout the world. There was a clear pattern of terrorists hell-bent on inflicting the most damage and terror possible on America.
Therefore, I put myself in their position, imagining how I might deal the severest blow to America imaginable. I thought the worst that could be done would be to crash airliners into the Pentagon, the White House, and Capitol Hill when Congress was in session. I did not, however, imagine the World Trade Center, because it had no strategic value in disabling our government. To inflict the most damage and chaos on America, the federal government and military command center would need to be wiped out. If the two hijacked airliners attacking the World Trade Center towers and the one that went down in Pennsylvania had instead been directed at Capitol Hill, the White House, and the Pentagon, we would have had a very serious problem on our hands.
So let's put this into perspective. If 9/11 was considered a war, the terrorists won and America lost. We failed to prevent an attack on America. For the enemy, it was almost ingenious! I said almost ingenious. If they had directed the attack exclusively on Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the White House, we would have had absolute chaos. We would have had no central government left and no central command center. The terrorists had no organized military with which to invade America when we were unable to organize our forces to respond. This, fortunately for us, is how terrorism works. They simply make random attacks that will inflict the most havoc, fear, and terror upon a nation. However, if a superpower were to attack, they would likely choose to take out our government and command center first. So there are serious lessons to be learned from 9/11.
If the White House, the Pentagon, and our Congress were moved to a remote area of the United States, such as Arizona or Nevada, hundreds of miles inland, it would be nearly impossible for them to be subjected to a surprise attack like Pearl Harbor was in World War II. This new center would be a community where nobody but government officials and military commanders would live, completely surrounded by the largest and most strategic military complex in the world. There would be no crazies walking up to the Capitol or the White House with weapons. There would be no powerful semi trucks loaded with explosives crashing the gates.
That is exactly why I felt I needed to write a book prior to 9/11 explaining the danger our nation faced by having both our central government and military command center right in the middle of one of the most populated areas of the United States.
Our genius experts are supposed to be paid to put their brains into the minds of enemies and preconceive all these scenarios. I saw these scenarios years before 9/11, but I am just a common citizen who cannot reach government officials. I will guarantee that terrorists are working on a much more devastating plan and unbelievable weaponry to use down the road. It may be years away, but we damn well know that 9/11 gave millions of terrorists encouragement to revel in the possibilities of finding another weakness in our defenses and dealing another mighty blow to America. They might be kicking themselves for not concentrating more on Washington DC instead of New York.
Meanwhile, we should appoint a Western Command Center that would consist of military officers stationed in the western United States and a small contingent of western Governors who would take over national leadership in the event of an attack on Washington DC.
Here is another scenario that our nation should be on alert for. The terrorists could purchase a fleet of used garbage trucks or concrete trucks that a municipality or a concrete company auctions off. The pretense might be that they intend to renovate and resell them. They would then take the trucks to a warehouse and paint them to match the newer trucks, including logos of, say, New York City or a local concrete company. Then they would set up a false fertilizer distributorship and purchase hundreds of tons of fertilizer to fill them up along with explosive detonators.
On a given day, they would hit the streets early in the morning, pull up to their targets, park, and leave their trucks, pretending to be seeking instructions for delivery location. The rest you can leave to your imagination.
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Why are citizens so opposed to imaging technologies or strip searches at airports? You go through even more intimate and revealing exposure at your doctor's office or a hospital. When you are in surgery, you most often are totally exposed to many eyes, both male and female. The examiner at the airport does not see your face, only the imaging. Grow up, people ! And for those who follow religious doctrines forbidding such exposure, don't fly ! If you go to a football game, you either agree to a search, or you don't get in.
Recently, our intelligence personnel have discovered terrorist plans to check into our hotels on each level. Then they plan to start fires on each level. It likely will become necessary to inspect luggage as you check into hotels.
As a result of the so-called crotch bomber, our government has decided to install full-body scanners at major airports throughout the world. This is going to cost billions of dollars, and I doubt it will result in screening out potential terrorist attacks. I have a few potential scenarios our government may wish to be aware of in regard to future attacks.
This may not be a scenario some may be comfortable with, but it is a reality we must face. There is no way to present it without describing it in detail.
The sex toy industry manufactures artificial penises so real that the naked eye would have trouble distinguishing the real thing from the manufactured device. They come in a variety of sizes, including models that mimic extraordinarily large penises. Who or which scanning technician is to determine how large a penis should be or how large testicles should be? Many of these devices actually have a very natural feel to them.
Regardless, most of these are capable of packing enough explosives to destroy an airliner. They would not be detectable to the naked eye or a scanner. Many of these devices come in models equipped with battery power, enough to ignite any such device. If body scanners are designed to read body temperatures and body parts, the devices could be capable of thermal temperatures set to ordinary body temperatures via battery power.
So as you can imagine, body scanners are not the total solution to preventing terrorist attacks aboard airliners. The same scenarios could exist for female suicide bombers. Such devises could be inserted into body cavities or false breasts. I have absolutely no solution for these scenarios, and I doubt that our security officials could detect these potential bombs without very intimate searches of most passengers. It may require very sophisticated lie-detection equipment. It is very much a reality that we must be aware of in the future.
Another security scenario we should consider is the following. One day a terrorist may steal a vehicle belonging to a government official while he or she is traveling or duplicate one with identical license, permits, and so on, along with security identification. The terrorist may have a makeover or disguise that closely resembles that official. That vehicle could be loaded to the hilt with explosives and destined for Capitol Hill or another strategic destination. Get the picture?
What amount of security can prevent a semi loaded with explosives traveling at a high rate of speed from crashing the gates of the White House or Capitol Hill? I do have a solution for this, which I will offer in detail in a later chapter.
This brings me to the urgency of writing this book now. Due to politics and the illusion that we can now leave Iraq and everything will be fine, I am forced to paint a picture of the reality. We broke it, and now we own it. Many military experts warned us in advance about a pre-emptive attack on Iraq. They warned us about how divided that nation was and the dangers of invading. Our president ignored that advice. He was hell bent on taking out Saddam Hussein, likely because his father had been criticized often for not doing so. As it turns out, (you may be too young to know that there was a television show called "Father Knows Best" in the 1950's or". He knew there would be grave danger in knocking out the central government.
We can only blame ourselves as Americans; we should have known better than to elect this guy who had proven over and over his lack of intelligence and knowledge of world affairs. There are enough people out there who vote without having a clue as to the policies of the people they vote for. They simply vote for the best looking and most charming candidate. George Bush's grasp of the Spanish language won over millions of Latinos. That in itself made enough of a difference to win a majority.
You might believe at this point that I have it in for Republicans. Actually, I consider myself an independent and a political moderate. I had much respect for President George H. W. Bush and was shocked that he was not re-elected. He had great wisdom, which his son did not inherit. We owe the Free World an apology for electing an incompetent president. This should serve as a warning to future generations of the dangers in electing warmongers and incompetent leadership.
The Republicans are right about one thing. We will be in Iraq for the next hundred years in some manner. For now, there is one thing that is very clear. We are going to need the help of the entire free world in order to maintain stability in the Middle East. With our treasury going bankrupt, we can no longer afford to go it alone.
President Bush should apologize to our allies for making a huge mistake in thinking we could build a democracy in Iraq. We had very good intentions, but time has proved that it will not work. As soon as we leave, full-scale civil war breaks out. It does not get headlines; however, in the back pages of most newspapers nearly every week, there are articles of continued suicide attacks in Iraq resulting in scores of civilian deaths. A small percentage of Americans read their daily newspapers in their entirety every day. If they do not, they are not aware of the magnitude of failure in Iraq.
When I hear the talking heads stating how well things are going in Iraq, I wonder if they and members of Congress get daily reports on the numbers of suicide attacks and the numbers of deaths occurring almost daily.
The only form of government that has achieved stability in Iraq is a totalitarian dictatorship. That is what keeps order in most of the Arab nations. Iraq was much better off with Saddam in power. It takes an iron fist to keep order in such a divided country. People talk about how abusive he was and how he gassed thousands of Kurds. Well, since the United States invaded Iraq, there have been tens of thousands of citizens killed or maimed, and the killing never stops. The worst part of this reality is that most of the Iraqis hate us more and more every day, because they realize that without our invasion and presence, those hundreds of thousands of loved ones would be alive and doing well.
Iraq was actually closer to being a democracy under Saddam than most other Arab nations. They had more freedoms, especially the women. They were not forced to wear burqas, and they attended colleges and had many of the same freedoms as men. Citizens were not forced to abide by the strict teachings and doctrine of the Muslim religion.
The Sunnis were the people who took a stand against the very strict theocracy of the Shiites, which originated in Iran. They went to war against Iran to prevent their country from being taken over by that theocracy, and the United States became an ally of Iraq. We gave them hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons to help ward off Iran. Those weapons were eventually used against Kuwait and the United States in the 1992 Persian Gulf War.
The lesson we should have learned is that we should stop providing weapons to other nations. Events down the road may force a change of attitude toward America, or a change of leadership could turn those weapons against an America-friendly nation or against America itself. We should instead offer protection to those nations if an enemy attacks them.
Now, I wish to make it perfectly clear that I was opposed to this war from the start. I actually got into trouble with the Secret Service for trying to stop the war. I wrote letters to numerous government officials and major newspapers outlining a plan to give Saddam Hussein forty-eight hours to leave Iraq. In that letter, I stated my frustration as a common citizen unable to reach our president or representatives under any circumstances. Most correspondences go into a file of thousands, and staff members read them and choose a canned response letter from a computerized database. Most responses come months later, followed by solicitations for donations to the politician's election fund. It is absolutely impossible to get a representative's personal attention unless you shoot up the White House. That statement brought the Secret Service to my door. It seems that a so-called friend that I had met through talk radio and begun e-mailing daily about local and world politics decided to inform the Secret Service about the letter I had sent to the media and government officials.
Another time, I was downtown protesting the Iraq war when President Bush was in town campaigning for his second term. I set up a large sign and flags with a picture of all the soldiers who had died in Iraq that had been printed in the local newspaper on Memorial Day. It was only a few hundred at that time. Included on that memorial was a statement that Iraq was 70 percent Shiite, the same as Iran. You cannot turn a nation that is 70 percent Shiite Muslim into a democracy. They now have a democracy; however, it is a corrupt democracy. They also have close diplomatic relations with Iran and are trade partners with them. They are now telling America that they want us out of Iraq. All this after we invested billions of dollars in their infrastructure. What gratitude ! Eventually, they will be Iran the second. Clearly we have created more hatred than good will.
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Now I will describe what could happen in future years. Total civil war breaks out. Those nations smuggling weapons into Iraq to feed the insurgency go full bore with weapons never imagined. When Iran sends troops and weapons after the Sunnis, Saudi Arabia responds. Then other countries jump in. Soon you have full-scale war throughout the Middle East. Each hits the others where it hurts the most—the oil refineries. There will be little or no oil flowing from the Middle East.
How will this affect America? There will only be enough oil for industry, government services, and commerce. Home heating oil will be rationed. There will be limited gas for automobiles. You will be forced to use public transportation, which will not be able to handle the demand. This will only serve a small percentage of the need, so many of you will be walking or biking to work. Obviously, the economy will go completely to hell. Other nations that depend on our economy will also be affected. Soon the whole world will be in chaos, and an economic depression never imagined will occur.
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