The main reason the US is fighting the Global War On Terror and occupying the Middle East is not even directly related to al Qaeda. It has always been about encircling and eradicating Russian-Soviet style Communism which actually no longer exists in the world, says Dallas Darling.
I can still see and hear the members of the 9-11 Committee questioning then National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice over why she and the Bush II Administration ignored al Qaeda and “focused heavily on Russia.” (1) Despite al Qaeda’s assault against a US warship in January 2000 and the bombing of the USS Cole in October 2000 killing and wounding 57 servicemen (2); despite Chief Counter-Terrorism Advisor Richard Clarke’s numerous warnings and memos about imminent terrorist attacks (3); despite over 40 Presidential Daily Briefings concerning “Bin Ladin is determined to strike the US” (4); despite information about terrorist sleeper cells in the US (5); despite the Yemenis’ surveillance of federal buildings in New York (6); and despite al Qaeda bombing US embassies around the world and that the “light was blinking red”; President George W. Bush and Rice did not consider al Qaeda “a first order threat.” In fact, a decade after the collapse of the Soviet Union the “US Government and its institutions were still constructed to win the Cold War.” (7)
In psychological terms, a “self-fulfilled prophecy” is when an individual acts in such a way as to make his/her beliefs come true. If this be the case, a “nation-fulfilled prophecy” is when a people and their leaders collectively live and behave in such a way as to make their thinking and expectations-even when they contradict the facts-a reality. For this very reason, when the US backed Georgian Republic invaded South Ossetia and fired on Russian peace keepers, it was a nation-fulfilled prophecy (including the current US-Russia tensions over several disputed provinces). In other words, it is what the US has long dreamed of, hoped for, and desired.
Starting in 1867, US Secretary of State William H. Seward purchased Alaska for fear of Russian expansionism. Out of concern for growing Russian nationalism in Asia, President Theodore Roosevelt brokered a peace accord ending the Russo-Japanese War. President Woodrow Wilson sent troops to occupy northern Russia after World War I in hopes of defeating the Red Army. At the end of World War II, George Kennan’s 1946 Long Telegraph wrongly assumed Joseph Stalin had embraced Marx’s ideology: Global peace would come only after capitalism had been destroyed. In reality, Russia had been attacked twice by the West and sought isolation by using Eastern Europe as a buffer. (8) Consciously and subconsciously the US was obsessed with Russia. The current Georgian Crisis and Cold War stems from the George Crisis-The Long Telegraph and a long Frozen War-archaic beliefs solidified in the mind that are difficult to change.