The significance of the torture controversy is that it leads to exposing a raw truth — that the policy of invading Afghanistan and Iraq was fixed around a “War on Terror” mythology built whole cloth from testimony obtained by torture. The torturers, directed in minutiae from the highest levels of the US government, elicited the story that was needed to fix the policy.
The significance of exposing the Cheney Energy Task Force deliberations (or for that matter, the stolen national elections of 2000 and 2004) is that they lead to the understanding that the real reason to invade the Middle East and build scores of military bases was not to fight terrorists but to keep the oil flowing back to the US consumer culture in ever increasing increments, ie: winning the oil end game. The “enemy” was not Osama Bin Laden, but other competitors for that oil, such as Japan, China and India, or future economic competitors for other resources who have their own oil, such as Russia and Brazil.
The significance of the 9-11 controversy is that what was actually a false flag black operation was portrayed, and is still held sacred in popular culture, as a terrorist strike on the homeland of the USA; one that originated in the caves and tribal territory sanctuaries of fanatical Al Qaeda cells in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with state support from Iraq and Iran, and what the heck, lets throw in Syria, Libya, North Korea, Pakistan, a.k.a. “The Axis of Evil,” justifying expenditure of trillions in treasure and buckets of coalition blood. That Donald Rumsfeld headed each of his daily briefings for the President with a quote from the Bible was no coincidence. To the Neocons, oil hegemony was God’s command.
The significance of exposing the torturous logic of 9-11 for the mythology it represents, is that without that illusion, the justification for US presence in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan disappears and instead we see clearly the real reason the US Army is in the Middle East — oil. Jimmy Carter’s 1977 warning about our addiction and its hazards takes on the importance it is due. Illusions are shattered. Thirty-five miles per gallon is a laughable band-aid on a limb that will have to be amputated.
Or are we still thinking the USA can just bully its way through?
“Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” — Ephesians 6:13