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Lest we forget

World Trade Center Cross of Girders
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10 comments to Lest we forget

  • Keith

    Well worth the read, on this day:

    “The Case for Rage and Retribution” by Lance Morrow.


  • You need to close the ‘small’ tag on the caption – everything on the page after this is now small.

  • A cross as a symbol…and a memorial to those who have died…… posted by a true fellow-Belfastian! 😉

  • Fat chance of us forgetting. I want that smug son-of-a-bitch’s hide for a doormat. I’d lay it flesh side up and be very thorough in wiping my muddy feet.

    I’m way too old to join up. One of my sons has said no, the other is considering the USAF. I’d give the rest of my life for Bin Laden in my sights at 100 yards.

  • NoName

    Lest we also forget the August 6th, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing entitled:

    “Osama Bin Laden Determined To Strike Inside The United States”

    Presented to GWB at his “ranch” while he was on vacation fort he entire month of August.

    Anyone here remember what he did in response to that PDB?

    Anyone? Beuler?

  • NoName-

    Sounds reasonable, until you are reminded that the President recieves a TON of such threats as a matter of routine by the intelligence community. The real trick is to be able to distinguish a pattern in all the noise, which in this case few (if any) are suggesting Bush is at fault for not being sufficiently able to do. He’s the President. That’s not his job, its the job of the intelligence services… and unfortunately in this case they were not able to thwart the activity beforehand. You make intelligence sound like it should be as easy as listening through a wall.

    Lots of lessons have been learned and many improvements since made – America is much safer from such an attack reoccuring (although this kind of defence is also notoriously difficult). But no-one in their right mind actually believes Bush to be to blame for what happened on 9/11. If you do, I’d suggest you re-evaluate, stop trying to find fault with Bush and start trying to understand what really constitutes a good solution to international defense from terrorism.

  • NoName

    Mr. Wright, you might wish to peruse the NY Times article at the following URL: F.A.A. Alerted on Qaeda in ’98, 9/11 Panel Said

    You can see the actual text HERE.

    I guess that the question that must be asked is this: “Mr. President, does the buck stop ANYWHERE near you?

  • Dale Amon

    That is nothing new. Of course Clinton was briefed in ’98. He fired off a few cruise missiles at bin Laden around that time if I remember correctly.

    And the al Queda threat was discussed in the Quad. Def Review and other DOD studies at the time.

    Everyone knew he was a threat. But when? Where? How? With Whom? It’s very easy to say X is going to attack America. The devil is in the details.