The twin towers attacks provided Bush’s Washington with both a trigger and a remarkable coincidence. Pakistan’s former foreign minister Niaz Naik has revealed that he was told by senior American officials in mid-July that military action against Afghanistan would go ahead by the middle of October. The US secretary of state, Colin Powell, was then travelling in central Asia, already gathering support for an anti-Afghanistan war “coalition”.
While some of the commentors make the excellent point that if your case depends on Pilger’s veracity you might as well just give up, It’s certainly amusing to see the anti-Bush forces get caught up in their own mess of internal contradictions. It sets up the nice question to ask such people, “So which one’s delusional, Pilger or Clarke?”. But remember, it’s not an either / or question.