via Viral Footage
Scenes From September 11, 2001
via The Jawa Report
A few links:
Let’s Roll Over – Mark Steyn
Myth and Reality After 9/11 – Victor Davis Hanson
Like millions of Americans, 911 had a profound affect on me. I recall quite vividly thinking about 40 minutes after the second tower got hit, (see the timeline of events) hearing that the pentagon had also been attacked, that this is how Americans must have felt after hearing that Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941.
I remember thinking how I had lived for 55 years without having to suffer from the wars that every past generation has had to face. My mother, having escaped Hitler’s imminent invasion of Hungary in 1940. inculcated the seriousness of war (and bigotry) in me at an early age.
Over the next few weeks and months George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and millions of Americans believed that we were going to be attacked again. And that the next time could be much more severe. Attacks where hundreds of thousands might die from chemical or biological weapons. And the most likely person who could cause such an attack was Saddam Hussein. My prediction, at the time, was that the easiest way to cause much more fear among Americans was just one person detonating a bomb driving through the Lincoln Tunnel, or releasing sarin gas in a NYC subway car, as was done in Tokyo in 1995. At a minimum, we’d see small terrorist attacks as had been going on for years in Israel.
So what was Bush to do? Who was the most likely person to support al Qaeda? Who had been giving the families of Palestinian suicide bombers in Israel $25,000?
Just a few years earlier, President Bill Clinton, and almost every Democrat and Republican believed that Saddam Hussein had nuclear and chemical weapons, and would use them. Either directly, through Osama bin Laden, or any member of al Queda. In 1998 the Congress passed The Iraq Liberation Act, making regime change the “policy” of the United States.
Go to If The Bush Administration Lied About WMD, So Did These People — Version 3.0 to read quotes from some notable right wingers, like Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Al Gore, John Edwards, Tom Daschle, Robert Byrd, Dick Gephardt, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Milulski, Madeline Albright, Sandy Berger, Henry Waxman, Jacques Chirac, Hans Blix and others.
A bipartisan Congress passed the Iraq War Resolution 296 to 133 in the House and 77 to 23 in the Senate.
So the meme that George W. Bush had lied us into war, first perpetuated by Ted Kennedy and then enthusiastically seized on by the MSM in 2004 started the revisionist history.
I think two of Bush’s major errors were in 1) not discussing and explaining to the public the reasons why he was supporting removing Saddam and 2) relying only on the simplest explanation as sufficient reason. He assumed that everyone “got it.” That we were in serious danger must have seemed so obvious. Big error. I’m sure Bush had received huge amounts of data on threats from the CIA and the FBI, but the American didn’t.
Here are some of the reasons passed by the Congress.
The Iraq Resolution cited many factors to justify the use of military force:
- Iraq’s noncompliance with the conditions of the 1991 cease fire, including interference with weapons inspectors.
- Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, and programs to develop such weapons, posed a “threat to the national security of the United States and international peace and security in the Persian Gulf region.”
- Iraq’s “brutal repression of its civilian population.”
- Iraq’s “capability and willingness to use weapons of mass destruction against other nations and its own people“.
- Iraq’s hostility towards the United States as demonstrated by the alleged 1993 assassination attempt of former President George H. W. Bush, and firing on coalition aircraft enforcing the no-fly zones following the 1991 Gulf War.
- Members of al-Qaeda, an organization bearing responsibility for attacks on the United States, its citizens, and interests, including the attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, are known to be in Iraq.
- Iraq’s “continu[ing] to aid and harbor other international terrorist organizations,” including anti-United States terrorist organizations.
- Iraq paid bounty to families of suicide bombers.
- The efforts by the Congress and the President to fight terrorists, and those who aided or harbored them.
- The authorization by the Constitution and the Congress for the President to fight anti-United States terrorism.
- The governments in Turkey, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia feared Saddam and wanted him removed from power.
- Citing the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998, the resolution reiterated that it should be the policy of the United States to remove the Saddam Hussein regime and promote a democratic replacement.
This is not to imply that the Iraq war didn’t have many serious flaws in its execution. The American people would not have turned on George W. Bush if the war had been thought out much better and hadn’t deteriorated into chaos, regardless of how or why those things happened. Americans want victory when they go to war, not excuses.
One of the sad consequences of no more successful terrorist attacks not happening is that it made it seem as if going offense against al-Queda was unnecessary.
I believed, and still believe, that if Iraq remains a democracy, history will be very kind to George W. Bush’s decision.
Update: read Charles Krauthammer -The 9/11 “Overreaction.”
Col. Allen West: We’re fighting against Totalitarianism.
I watched Charlie Rose’s interview Tony Blair. He said if the people who did this could have killed 30,000 people, or 300,000 people, they would have. His autobiography.
via The Other McCain.
Excellent post by Cassy Fiano
Isn’t it odd it that today’s Progressives are aligning themselves with Islam?
From an American Thinker post by Robert Eugene Simmons Jr.
The application of Sharia Law is incomprehensible to most Americans used to Western common law. For example, late last year, the Saudi equivalent of the Supreme Court refused to grant a divorce to an eight-year-old who was essentially sold to her fifty-year-old husband by her father. Child brides are prevalent and legal in Muslim countries governed by Sharia law. In another example, just recently, a case of a couple who were stoned to death for having sexual relations outside marriage made the news from Afghanistan, and a thirteen-year-old was stoned to death for being raped and ending up pregnant.
and, the summation:
The alliance between the left and Islam is also a study in irony. If either of the two groups were to achieve all of its aims, the other group would be wiped out. Let’s say, hypothetically, that the left is able to convert the whole world to a secular socialist state. In such a world, there would be no room for discrimination of gays or slavery of woman, not to mention any room for a fundamentalist religion at all. On the other hand, if the Islamic radicals were ever to establish their Caliphate, the left would be plowed under with all of the rest of the non-believers, the homosexuals would be executed on discovery, the women who dared practice feminine independence in selection of their intimate partners would be stoned to death, and in general they would be subjugated to be little more than property.
It’s so bizarre listening to people defending the continual calls from some of these radicals to behead people.
Just yesterday I read a post on Weasel Zippers entitled Afghanistan: Taliban Behead Man Because He Was a Shia Muslim…
Part of it may just be that since George W. Bush’s reaction to 9-11 was to declare a “War On Terror,” Democrats and the further leaning Left Progressives would defend whomever GWB was against. i.e. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
I believe that if 9-11 had happened when Bill Clinton was president, he would have done exactly the same things that George Bush did. And then, Democrats would have acknowledged that Radical Islam had declared war on America and wanted to establish Sharia Law worldwide. Everything would be quite different today.
Update: For a much more detailed analysis of Islam, read this: Qaradawi’s jihad
Recently I posted two pieces — an explanation of jihad and a critique of the separation of religion and state — written by Muslims, and invited moderate Muslims who rejected them on Islamic theological grounds to explain why, so as to help distinguish themselves from the “extremists” and demonstrate the reality of the moderate Islam that everyone longs to see and believes in so fervently.
The decision to go back to Sept. 10th thinking clearly shows how differently conservatives and liberals see the world.
This is yet another example of Neville Chamberlain 1938 type appeasement. And just like seeking “peace in our time,” at any cost, it led to further encouraging and reinforcing the notion that the West will do anything to avoid confrontation.
Former Vice President Richard Cheney spoke with Scott Hennen about AG Eric Holder’s decision to try Khalid Sheikh Mohammed et al in federal court, in New York City, for the 9/11 attacks and war crime of mass-murdering 2,976 men, women, and children. Visit 911familiesforamerica.org for more on this travesty.
via Keep America Safe.
Researchers at Purdue University have created a simulation that uses scientific principles to study in detail what likely happened when a commercial airliner crashed into the World Trade Center’s North Tower on Sept. 11, 2001.
Chris Hoffmann – Faculty
Sami Kilic – Former Member
Voicu Popescu – Faculty
Paul Rosen – Graduate Student
Charles Frank “Chic” Burlingame III born on September 12, 1949 and died on September 11, 2001 was the pilot of American Airlines Flight 77, the aircraft that was crashed by terrorists into the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Burlingame was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and moved around a lot while growing up as a son of an active duty member of the United States Air Force. He spent parts of his childhood in California and England. Burlingame graduated from Anaheim High School in California.
In the Navy, he flew F-4 Phantom jets, rising to the rank of captain. In 1979, Burlingame left active duty with the Navy and joined American Airlines though, he remained in the Naval Reserves. Burlingame volunteered to be activated during the Gulf War. Burlingame also spent time working in The Pentagon, while in the Naval Reserves.
Burlingame retired as a Navy Reserve Captain in 1996 and worked at American Airlines Burlingame was married to an American Airlines flight attendant, Sheri Burlingame.
Burlingame was buried in the Arlington National Cemetery. He was initially deemed ineligible for burial there due to his status as a reservist deceased at an age younger than 60, but Burlingame was given a waiver and his case triggered reform of Arlington’s burial criteria.
The Arlington Cemetery web site lists many comments and photographs commemorating Burlingame’s life and funeral.
A short history:
At Dulles Airport, Capt. Charles Burlingame, who had been a Navy F-4 pilot and once worked on anti-terrorism strategies in the Pentagon, was steering his 757, American Airlines Flight 77, down the runway for the long flight to Los Angeles.
Like many military pilots, Burlingame considered the most difficult job to be landing an F-4 fighter jet on the deck of an aircraft carrier as it pitched at sea in the dark of night. After he left the Navy, Burlingame was hired by American Airlines in 1989.
Navy Vice Adm. Timothy Keating said Burlingame, who trained many pilots, “could make the jets talk. He could fly.”
Friends and family remembered him as a man who was unabashedly patriotic, who embraced military life even after he retired from active and reserve duty. He remained active in the reserve, working until 1996 as a liaison in the Pentagon (where he had worked for most of his 17 years as a Naval Reserve officer). When his plane went down Tuesday, it ripped through a section of the building that includes the Navy Reserve offices.
Mark Burlingame said his brother was in the Navy Reserve and had worked in the same area of the Pentagon where the airliner crashed.
He planned to celebrate his 52nd birthday by attending a California Angels baseball game in Anaheim on September 5th. When he learned he couldn’t get a good seat for the game, he told his wife, Sheri, not to join him aboard the ill-fated flight.
Burlingame’s father, Charles F. Burlingame Jr. (75), joined the Navy at the age of 17 and had a 23-year military career in the Navy and Air Force. His mother, Patricia A. Burlingame, who died 10 months before her son, was a nurse and medical technician, according to their obituaries.
These folks have no sense of reality. To conflate 9/11 with “Global whatever the latest scare is” is just nutty.
That DDB Brazil TV Spot for WWF that happens to mention 9/11
On September 11, 2006, more than 3,000 bloggers joined together to remember the victims of 9/11. I thought this was a worthy thing to do so I signed up to do a blogpost on September 11th, in memory of one of the fallen victims of the 9-11 attack by “real” religious fanatics. See What is 2996?
I selected Charles “Chic” Burlingame, the flight pilot of American Airlines Flight 77. I was surprised that he had not already been taken, but I was only the 320th person to sign up.
As of today, there are only 687 which surprises me. If you want to sign up, you can do so here.
Al Qaeda Dreams
We’ve been arguing over al Qaeda’s aims since before 9/11. Some take Osama bin Laden’s specific complaints seriously. But we shouldn’t, as we learned this month from his latest rambling communiqué, which faulted America for seemingly everything — global warming, high interest rates, shaky home mortgages, and free-market democratic capitalism itself.
Remember that back in the 1990s, he declared war on America for three other reasons: We had troops in Saudi Arabia. The United Nations had imposed sanctions on Iraq. And America supported Israel. Now it apparently matters little that there are neither embargoes of Iraq nor American soldiers in Saudi Arabia.
Bad cultural habits plague the West in the War on Terror.
Six years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, we continue to hunt for those whose blunders let them happen. The latest addition to earlier investigations such as The 9/11 Commission Report and television’s Path to 9/11 is the recently released CIA report detailing the agency’s mistakes before the attacks. As with the earlier reports, this latest exposé of error and incompetence has prompted demands for scapegoats. Blaming some government employees might make us feel better, and of course we should identify blunders to avoid in the future. But punishing a few bureaucrats won’t do anything to correct the two larger, cultural dysfunctions — multiculturalism and the therapeutic sensibility — that leave us vulnerable to Islamic terror.
Democrats claim Gen. David Petraeus’ report to Congress on the surge was a put-up job with a pre-ordained conclusion. As if their response wasn’t.
Democrats yearn for America to be defeated on the battlefield and oppose any use of the military — except when they can find individual malcontents in the military willing to denounce the war and call for a humiliating retreat.
It’s been the same naysaying from these people since before we even invaded Iraq — despite the fact that their representatives in Congress voted in favor of that war.
How long does it take a nation to forget a wound to its heart?
Six years ago, Islamic terrorists murdered 3000 Americans. The country watched in horror as men and women flung themselves from the top stories of the World Trade Center, desperately attempting to escape the flames rising beneath them; as firefighters were crushed beneath the falling towers; as Americans were consumed by a ball of fire springing from Flight 77 at the Pentagon; as Flight 93 plummeted to consecrated earth in Pennsylvania.
If we took one day to mourn each of the lives taken on September 11, our mourning period would last more than eight years. It has been just six years, and America is already in grave danger of wiping clean the slate of memory.