Had more individuals in so-called Intelligence called out the FRAUD perpetrated by both the False Flag itself, and the Fox News media malignancy going to work falsely conflating that event with Saddam Hussein... the following would not have happened:
"These horrors are directly caused by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq and subsequent occupation. In addition to unleashing near-total chaos in the nation, the U.S. invasion led directly to the rise of Islamic State, which found the consuming violence fertile soil for growth."
I have come to view Mr. Van Buren (along with key writers who publish on TomDispatch) as actors who function as seemingly left-leaning gatekeepers to the Military Industrial Complex.
They all TRAFFIC in the false frames that blame Bin Laden for 911 and insist that this individual was captured... sans body, sans trial, and further tainted by the loss of the same Navy Seals who purportedly carried out this successful operation.
They also insist on BETTER more efficient wars and use the frame of "winning" a lot when speaking about these wars. But they don't question the primacy of the MIC at all, or why war abroad works as its lifeblood and raison d'etre.
Until Intelligence comes clean (and after all, it's the world of Intelligence that's sponsored so many Black Ops and taken it upon itself to "take out" numerous democratically elected leaders here and abroad), its mouthpieces ought to recognize that THEY have a lot of bood on their hands.
Moan on about the dead, Van Buren.. you were part of the operation that made the Middle East killing fields possible!