RON K WAS PRETTY DAMNED PRESCIENT, as this post from Slate’s “The Fray” from September 17 illustrates:
Retrospective analysis will disclose a great number of warnings, alerts, leads and tips … some of them remarkably specific. Big deal.
The real trick, as always, is to distinguish genuine foresight versus the ordinary daily stream of “alerts”.
That’s why I don’t think that the government necessarily could have prevented the attacks. I just think it’s ridiculous of them to claim they couldn’t have imagined them. Note: Patrick Ruffini has some good thoughts. And Martin Devon raises the real questions. Someone should ask them to George Tenet.
UPDATE: RonK has his own, up-to-date list of questions that should be asked.