9/11 lessons learned? (SM Daily Journal, 9/17/2013, reprinted with comments)
The MSNBC 9/11 documentary, “On Native Soil”, was a timely reminder of atrocities that must never be forgotten. It was also a shocking exposé of what went wrong prior to and during the Islamic terrorist attacks on that fateful day. Just about everything that could go wrong, and more, did.
How could all the signs, warnings and actual reports about the pending attacks be ignored?
Why would American linguists fluent in Arabic languages be fired, just because they were gay, while intercepted documents with clues were left un-translated? How could so many agencies hang on to bits and pieces of important info without communicating with each other? How could then Secretary of State Condoliza Rice claim that “no one could imagine that someone would steal our airplanes and use them as bombs”? That was her job to “imagine”! Besides, ever heard about WWII and the Japanese?
While the country was attacked, President Bush sat in an elementary school classroom reading for the students! That’s a job for the president, while all indications were that something huge was about to happen? On top of the info mismanagement prior to 9/11, – almost total confusion while it happened, important phone calls were left on hold, fighter jets scrambled without clear mission or goal, etc.
The Bush administration even tried to torpedo a most needed comprehensive investigation, until forced by 9/11 victims and relatives of the dead and maimed. Apparently none, or only a few, of the “9/11 Commission Report” have been acted upon. Did we learn anything, beyond taking our shoes off and on before flying anywhere?
Excellent! Glad to see someone is writing the truth about 9/11. Julie Muller
Plenty of people who have spun your facts differently would call your article 100% lefty claptrap. I suspect the truth lies in the middle. Al W
Yes, Al! I’m fully aware of that! Facts and logic are claptrap to what appears to be the majority of Republicans. That’s why they vote lunatics into office. Jorg
I heard from good sources that if Clinton was still in office, due to his more inquiring style of management the event would probably have been stopped. Mike C.
Yes, indeed! Clinton warned Bush that Osama bin Laden was planning a major attack, – which Bush simply ignored. He had more important things to do, – like reading “My pet goat” for little children, – without stumbling. Jorg