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Nation must recapture unity of 9/11

Published 9:31am Tuesday, September 11, 2012

It is a date — Sept. 11, 2001 — that most Americans will never forget and one that continues to touch our lives.

Although most of the attention is paid to anniversary dates considered milestones like 10, 15 and 20 years. But it was 11 years ago today that our nation changed forever — but maybe not quite as much as we need it to.

The cowardly terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers in New York City, the Pentagon and an attempt that ended in a Pennsylvania field because the actions of some true heroes claimed the lives of 3,497 Americans.

In the days and months that followed our nation was more unified than it had been in decades, coming together as a country and putting politics aside.

We recapture a bit of that patriotism and pride on those milestone anniversaries but in general this is lost.

What would happen if we thought back on those days and made a commitment to carry that throughout the year? How much stronger would our country be if we committed to put our idea logical differences aside and work toward a common goal, much as we did the days following 9/11?

The wounds of the anniversary of the greatest tragedy our nation has ever faced can cause the spark that helps us truly heal.

  1. bigkahuna

    How many times was Osama offered to Bill Clinton on a silver platter and he refused to take him?

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  2. The Bush White House Was Deaf to 9/11 Warnings
    New York Times – September 10, 2012

    “IT was perhaps the most famous presidential briefing in history.

    On Aug. 6, 2001, President George W. Bush received a classified review of the threats posed by Osama bin Laden and his terrorist network, Al Qaeda. That morning’s “presidential daily brief” — the top-secret document prepared by America’s intelligence agencies — featured the now-infamous heading: “Bin Laden Determined to Strike in U.S.” A few weeks later, on 9/11, Al Qaeda accomplished that goal.

    On April 10, 2004, the Bush White House declassified that daily brief — and only that daily brief — in response to pressure from the 9/11 Commission, which was investigating the events leading to the attack. Administration officials dismissed the document’s significance, saying that, despite the jaw-dropping headline, it was only an assessment of Al Qaeda’s history, not a warning of the impending attack. While some critics considered that claim absurd, a close reading of the brief showed that the argument had some validity.

    That is, unless it was read in conjunction with the daily briefs preceding Aug. 6, the ones the Bush administration would not release. While those documents are still not public, I have read excerpts from many of them, along with other recently declassified records, and come to an inescapable conclusion: the administration’s reaction to what Mr. Bush was told in the weeks before that infamous briefing reflected significantly more negligence than has been disclosed. In other words, the Aug. 6 document, for all of the controversy it provoked, is not nearly as shocking as the briefs that came before it.

    The direct warnings to Mr. Bush about the possibility of a Qaeda attack began in the spring of 2001. By May 1, the Central Intelligence Agency told the White House of a report that “a group presently in the United States” was planning a terrorist operation. Weeks later, on June 22, the daily brief reported that Qaeda strikes could be “imminent,” although intelligence suggested the time frame was flexible…”

    George Bush failed. George Bush even said on camera that he’d given up on ever getting Osama Bin Laden.

    President Obama, on the other hand, made Bin Laden a priority and put the heat on in the region of Pakistan where Bin Laden had been hiding. Under Obama’s leadership we got the guy who masterminded 9/11.

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  3. rambo

    Wounds that have never totally been reverenced yea Bin Ladin is dead that was the brainchild of George Bush and seems the current president and his vice president seem to want to take full credit. We all know that George Bush may or may not have made a mistake getting rigging a triad like Hussein. We know there are many more this current president seems to coddle and hold in great esteem. Is this the type of president you want while they would cut ours and his in a heartbeat? If so then you must be one that likes his big gov’t and someone to care for you like a babe needs their mom.

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