Mark, I'm not trying to be a prick about this, but do you think that the pros of being able to go fight a war, outweigh the cons of the terrorist incident?
That is the question you have to ask yourself. If you honestly believe Washington benefitted more from 9/11 than what America lost. Comparing the start of the Spanish-American war, which was because of the Maine, compared with billions upon billions of dollars lost, through industry(air, oil), family claims, increased national security, etc. is pretty much ludicrous.
Some politicians at the Capitol, and the media, which are politically motivated, don't forget, are taking info, which in hindsight(which is always 20/20) can now be placed together to show that the information was possibly there to show the attacks.
Remember, politicians are politicians. I'm one. If a politician is out of sight, he's out of mind. And most politicians will do anything to garner media attention. Especially ones who feel that down the road, they could be running for the nomination of their party.
A war did not save George Bush, Sr. from losing his second term. He had a good approval rating during the Gulf war, but it got him nowhere. There is no guarantee that George Jr. will survive for a second term. The truth of the matter is that the attacks plunged the economy into recession. At the end of his four years, will everyone still be in love with him, and how he handled 9/11?
If they had a hand in this attack (which they didn't IMO) they picked the worst time to do it. You do it nearer the end of his 4 year term. That way, his approval rating would skyrocket come next election.
People who sit there and believe, like conspiracy theorists, that the government had a hand in this, they just look at one thing, but usually forget the big picture. The real picture is that the attacks have cost the U.S. BILLIONS of dollars. Yahoos would say that business picked up in the defense sector, but at the expense of nearly destroying the travel sector? Airlines are not a high margin business, and still haven't recovered from having all their aircraft down for two to three days. In fact, their are airlines that still haven't got back into the air. Canada 3000, Swissair. Hotels, any business that deal in the travel sector have been decimated by 9/11. The oil industry, lost tons of money due to the fact that they had no planes in the air for 3 days. That means less production, and less jobs. They still haven't returned to production levels. The monies to reimburse companies who were in the towers, the monies needed to pay loved ones who were lost, is still being calculated, but is expected to be in the hundreds of millions.
Was all of this worth it to start a little war against terrorists?
Very simply, No.