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I had my moment of silence.  I hope that you had yours.

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From NYT:

On a gray rainy day in the nation’s capital — so unlike the bright sunny morning eight years ago when terrorists slammed planes into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon — President Obama called upon Americans to “renew our common purpose” with a day of service and remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks.

“Through their own lives and through you, the loved ones they left behind, the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness and that calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united,” Mr. Obama said during a memorial service at the Pentagon. “That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come.”

Mr. Obama and his wife Michelle began the day of commemoration on the White House South Lawn, where they and some 200 members of the White House staff observed a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the moment the first plane struck the north tower of the World Trade Center. (more… )

By |2013-09-13T21:19:29-04:00September 11th, 2009|9-11, Obama administration|Comments Off on 9/11

September 11th – 4 years later

So, 4 years after September 11th what have we done? To remember the innocent lives what have we done to make this nation safer?

1. We are clearly less safe than we were on 9/11/01. We have started a breeding ground for terrorists in Iraq. This is the prefect training ground in which crazy’s can kill Americans and sharpen their skills at making roadside bombs and using other weapons.
2. Our response to a disaster in which we knew it was coming was/is laughable. suppose that was Al Qaeda attacking the refinaries in the New Orleans area. How would our response had been?
3. Well at least we have secured Afghanistan and made it a stable democracy. NOT!! More American’s have died this year in Afghanistan than died during the Afghan War.
4. Taliban leaders and our friend Bin Laden are still free and clear.

What have we done in the last 4 years?

From NYT:

Call it closure of a sort – at least for some. On the fourth anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed thousands and felled this city’s most prominent buildings, what turned out to be the final minutes of life for many of the firefighters at the front lines of emergency rescue efforts are clearer than they were.

The firefighters had 29 minutes to get out of the World Trade Center or die. Inside the north tower, though, almost none of them realized how urgent it had become to leave.

They had no idea that less than 200 feet, or 60 meters, away, the south tower had already collapsed in a life-crushing, earth-shaking heap. Nor did the firefighters know that their commanders on the street, and police helicopter pilots in the sky, were warning that the north tower was on the edge of the same fate.

Until last month, the extent of their isolation from critical information in the final 29 minutes had officially been a secret. For three and a half years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg refused to release the Fire Department’s oral histories of Sept. 11, 2001. Under court order, however, 12,000 pages were made public in August.

On close review, those accounts give a bleaker version of events than either Bloomberg or former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani presented to the 9/11 Commission. Both had said that many of the firefighters who perished in the north tower realized the terrible danger of the moment but chose to stay in the building to rescue civilians. (more…)

By |2005-09-12T05:08:00-04:00September 12th, 2005|Terrorism, War on Terror|Comments Off on September 11th – 4 years later
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