I’m visiting family and only have access via slow dial-up (and tying up their phone line) but I feel I must weigh in on this.
As I’ve written before, I WISH that we had shot down that plane. Sure, the passengers-rising-up story is a good one and demonstrates that Americans are capable of defending themselves when they know what’s at stake, but I’d feel better if I knew that the military was capable of bringing that plane down. I’ve written about this before, but I don’t have time to search and link right now.
A “blame Bush” sub-theory goes that the passengers took control of the plane, a small aircraft pilot onboard took the controls, and THEN the Air Force shot the plane down. This is why there’s a big cover-up.
Forget for the moment that this is Pile On Rummy Month and that a reading of the actual Rummy quote makes it perfectly clear that he’s referring to terrorists, not the military.
If that sub-theory is true, but the Air Force was unaware that the plane was under friendly control, shooting it down was the RIGHT THING TO DO. Maybe the communications were down. Maybe the military commanders didn’t get the message. Maybe the fighter pilot didn’t get the order to stand down.
Doesn’t matter. No matter how tragic it might be, shooting that plane down at that time was the correct move.
I’m not buying it, but if more info comes to light that proves it to be the case, it will take a mountain of proof of wrong-doing before I’ll agree that we shouldn’t have shot it down.