Sunday, September 11, 2005

september 11, 2005

Four years after that awful day where innocents died in New York, Washington, and the fields of western Pennsylvania, here are a few things to think about.

Osama Bin Laden is still at large. I guess the de facto President really didn't mean it when he said he was "wanted, dead or alive." Or at least, didn't mean it enough to keep our military assets in Afghanistan at a time when we could have caught him at Tora Bora.

Instead of winning hearts and minds, we are creating new enemies by our ill-planned, clumsy and bloody occupation of Iraq, founded on either faulty or intentionally falsified information about Iraq's alleged WMD program. Please, please remember that no matter what Cheney and his subordinates (including Bush) say, Saddam Hussein's Iraq was an enemy of Al Qaeda's and had no greater role in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 than the NFL.

Four years after the attack, we are clearly not prepared to deal with a major terrorist attack on an American city. For proof, please look at the Gulf Coast, where a disaster we watched approaching for days was still abysmally mismanaged.

And finally, the Pentagon is using this anniversary to have a war-in-Iraq-promoting propaganda event, again intentionally blurring the line between the struggle against jihadist/Islamic terrorists and our war of choice in Iraq.

... and I feel fine.