If you haven't seen "Iron Man 3" yet, you might want to skip this post. So in the movie, there's a deal between the bad guy and the Vice President of the United States. The bad guy will kill the President, and the Vice President will do business with the bad guy. What's interesting is that, as Wikipedia points out, there is evidence that there may have been an assasination attempt on President George W. Bush's life on 9/11:
"September 11, 2001: On the morning of the September 11 attacks, President George W. Bush was at the Colony Beach and Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, Florida. He woke up around 6:00 AM and prepared for his morning jog. Men of apparent Middle Eastern descent arrived at the Colony Beach Resort and claimed they had a "poolside" interview with the President. Lacking an appointment, they were turned away. Time magazine suggested they were there for an assassination attempt modeled on one used against the Northern Alliance military leader Ahmed Massoud two days earlier. Witnesses have recalled seeing 9/11 hijacker ringleader Mohamed Atta in the Longboat Key Holiday Inn a short distance from where Bush was staying as recently as September 7, the day Bush's Sarasota appearance was publicly announced."
If there really was an attempt to kill Bush, Dick Cheney would have become our President officially, not just virtually.
And now the other spoiler:
The Mandarin isn't the real bad guy. He's just an actor that is used as a front by the real bad guy, who wants to sell weapons to our government. After we discover this, there is even a line about Osama bin Laden. I need to see the movie again to remember the exact quote, but if I remember correctly, it even states that bin Laden was just a mask for the real power behind the terrorist attacks.
So was "Iron Man 3" trying to tell us whom we should really blame for 9/11?