An even more interesting thought would be this: Did Bush deliberately avoid to act on the intelligence indicating on that 9/11 was in the pipeline, knowing that it would give him the perfect reason to invade Iraq...?
The fact that, on September 10, 2001, the Bush Administration agreed on how to approach The Taliban about OBL
, then that whole plan was blown to hell the next day indicates an emphatic NO on that question. We had indications that something was afoot, but most indications, by almost every account, was that it would happen outside the U.S., not a direct attack on the U.S.
Or did the events following 9/11 lead to an invasion by coincidence?
I have no doubt that, AFTER 9/11, it was seen by the Hawks in the Administration-which includes just about everyone in that group-definitely saw it as an opening to move on Iraq sometime in the fairly near future. Of that, I have absolutely no doubt.
it sounds harsh that a US president would be willing to sacrifice 5000+ persons to be able to act on his own agenda...
It is harsh, and I don't think it happened that way. If it did, there would be someone who's concsience would bother him to the point where he/she would spill the beans, and Bush would be impeached and thrown out of office for such a thing-an probably end up in jail for it. That's why I don't think anyone thought that way about 9/11.