Yesterday, was the eleventh year anniversary of 9/11. A sad day which has become part of the American psyche. The living memory of those who lost loved ones, those who reached within themselves to perform heroic deeds of kindness, everyday people who risked their lives to help others, and those who bore witnesses to the senseless loss of human life and potential, will never be expunged.
We carry it with us. It has become one of the hallmarks of our age. Everyone knows exactly where they were the day the Twin Towers fell.
It’s difficult to forget panic, soul stealing terror and their devastating aftermath… grief and rage.
Americans have been lucky in one respect, 9/11 is the greatest act of domestic terrorism ever perpetrated on our soil. Not so for many, many other countries in the world.
That single day eviscerated what many Americans have been blessed to take for granted, security within our own borders.
We’ve never been the same since.
In the reactionary days of its aftermath, and under the guidance of the Bush administration, we honed and targeted our rage. Demands for retribution rang loud and strident and few amongst us, precious few, did not wish for the satisfaction that retribution brings – at any cost.
Sadly, cooler heads did not prevail and the Iraq war and Patriot Act were born. Americans gave away their rights freely in exchange for security and by the time we woke up to what was happening it was too late. The death toll for casualties of the Iraq war is upward of 100,000 lives, not including the 5,000 souls lost at the WTC.
The good news?
We toppled a dictator and brought democracy to the shores of Iraq. Unquestionably, Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator and the world is better off without him. So too, the monstrous leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden whose death last year was a boon to many.
But at what cost?
The loss of human life, potential, and far reaching effects of those who remain mourning loves they loss is unquantifiable…
Now, way too late, the country is united in it’s disdain and disgust of the Bush administration for their warmongering legacy and the knowledge of how deeply we were betrayed by our 43rd President, George W. Bush.
He has been called many things but no title is more germane than betrayer. He lied us into a war but it doesn’t end there. With the reading of yesterday’s NY Times piece, The Deafness Before the Storm by Kurt Eichenwald, I have been enraged anew at how deeply he failed our country and the widespread repercussions of his inaction.
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” Presidential Oath of Office
So, he faltered in his sacred trust to safeguard our country. His failure to act on briefings given to him repeatedly by the CIA and subsequent attempts to hide information that should have been uncovered by the 9/11 commission are egregious and inexcusable.
And just think, he continues to live off the largess of the American people.
In any case, I wouldn’t be so unfair as to say he could have prevented the attacks because that is just speculation but the fact that he did not try is unconscionable. It speaks to the ineptitude and idiocy that is a hallmark of his entire administration, in my opinion. In fairness, I know he did some good things, although they don’t readily spring to mind, but nothing overshadows his colossal mistakes and outright lies to the American people.
In point of fact, you can’t convince me that his entire presidency was nothing more than a sad attempt, gone horribly awry, to prove that he’s not the f*** up of his family. (Somewhere there are psychiatrists nodding their heads). An unprovable assertion, but it fits with his life story and explains how he has completely, and with great determination, disappeared from the public eye. He knows, that we know, that he knows, he’s a failure and no amount of speechifying by his brother Jeb will ever make a difference. Yes, Jeb, your bias, although understandable, is clearly showing. The words, courage, integrity and honor don’t belong in the same sentence with Dubbya.
It is a pity that there seems so little recourse for the misdeeds of politicians. Dubbya and our do nothing Congress spring to mind.
Interestingly, Bishop Desmond Tutu believes that Bush and Tony Blair should be tried as war criminals. Although the likelihood is slim to none, I agree with him.
And still we mourn…