[10b] Going back all the way to the Bush administration’s build-up for invading Iraq, there has been much written and said about the reasons for the invasion. Now Paul O’Neill’s revelations that the Bush administration planned to invade Iraq long before September 11, 2001 have been widely publicized. Iraq Was Surviving the Sanctions, Why They Wouldn’t Wait By Tom Jackson
The decision to invade Afghanistan and Iraq was made in July 2001 and the plans were on Bush’s desk by Sept 9.
Note: Strategic information about the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) is classified by the U.S. Military. If the Carl Vinson wasn’t ordered to Battle Condition II, let someone from Naval Command come forward and dispute that:
1. Ship control stations were fully manned
2. All lookout stations were fully manned
3. All detection apparatus manned
4. Water-tight Integrity Watch posted