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A Few More Thoughts On Remembering 9/11

I watched a bit of the television coverage today and I read a good deal of material on the internet, but it was not until this afternoon that it really hit me. I was in the carpool line waiting to pick my kids up at school and looked up and saw the school flag at half-staff. All the other memorials I had seen up to that point were from those in the business of remembering -- television and newspaper reporters and members of the new media. The simple gesture of the flag being flown at half-staff, right there in the middle of my daily activities, caught me off guard. Up to that point today I had been prepared everytime I had read or viewed any reminders of the 9/11 attacks. It reminded me of another time, back in 2001 when my breath was taken away by a reminder of the day.

My daughter was riding a float in a local Christmas parade and my other daughter and I were watching the parade from the sidewalk. Near the end of the parade several firefighters marched in silence, carrying only an American flag and a banner honoring the firefighters lost on 9/11. First my lip started trembling, then the tears started flowing and I had a tough time composing myself before my one-year-old daughter noticed that anything was wrong.

The times the reality of September 11 really sinks in is not when viewing a television tribute once a year, although those can be quite moving, but it is when that reality intrudes on everyday life. Everytime you go through security in an airport, or think twice about attending a public fireworks display on the Fourth of July, or purposely book a flight on the 10th instead of the 11th of September, or view the Arab man sitting on the bus across from you suspiciously, or kiss a loved one goodbye as they deploy to some hell hole halfway across the world, you are remembering September 11.


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Bush Senior Met With Bin La... (Below threshold)
tim osoma:

Bush Senior Met With Bin Laden's Brother on 9/11

Paul Joseph Watson

Comment: Despite studying September 11 for two years solid, one fact I only just discovered is that George W. Bush's father was meeting with Osama bin Laden's brother, Shafig bin Laden, in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, on the morning of 9/11. They were on Carlyle Group business just a few miles from where hijackers supposedly acting on behalf of Osama bin Laden would fly a plane into the Pentagon.

Recall that the chief financier of the so-called hijackers, Pakistan's Chief Spy General Mahmoud Ahmad, was meeting with Bush administration officials the week before 9/11. He also met with Bob Graham and Porter Goss on the morning of the attacks, who would later go on to head the first 9/11 investigative committee.


The Bush senior/bin Laden meeting was reported on by CBC. See http://www.propagandamatrix.com/021103fifthestate.html

This was also reported by the London Observer. See the last paragraph at http://observer.guardian.co.uk/magazine/story/0,11913,738196,00.html

"On 11 September, while Al-Qaeda's planes slammed into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Carlyle Group hosted a conference at a Washington hotel. Among the guests of honour was a valued investor: Shafig bin Laden, brother to Osama."

Bush Quotes about Bin Laden
by Karen
For your amusement and future reference, here's what Bush has said about bin Laden at various points in time, depending on how he was trying to spin things:
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
- G.W. Bush, 9/13/01
"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'"
- G.W. Bush, 9/17/01, UPI
"...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county [sic]. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door open -- we just don't know...."
- Bush, in remarks in a Press Availablity with the Press Travel Pool,
The Prairie Chapel Ranch, Crawford TX, 12/28/01, as reported on
official White House site
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
- G.W. Bush, 3/13/02
"I am truly not that concerned about him."
- G.W. Bush, repsonding to a question about bin Laden's whereabouts,
3/13/02 (The New American, 4/8/02)

Cut and paste, cut and past... (Below threshold)

Cut and paste, cut and paste, ...

I have no ideal what the fi... (Below threshold)

I have no ideal what the first comment is about. WTF?

It distracts from Lorie's wonderful post.

I too, felt it the same way. My neighbors have a tall flag pole in their front yard. Every day I have lived here (since January), I have seen that flag fly high.

He's a retired Marine, so of course, the Marine flag is below the stars and stripes. He's also a long haul truck driver, and on the road right now.

This morning when I looked out the patio doors....

The flags were at half mast.

After reading this and many other fine blogs, watching TV, etc. It really hit home when I saw those wonderful flags flying at half mast.

I think it's time to install my own flag pole. It will be at half mast on 9/11/07.

Now that's what I call keeping up with the neighbors.

Thanks Wizbang for your 9/11 post, and your blog in general.

Lorie in order to remember ... (Below threshold)

Lorie in order to remember what this day represents and the people that remind us,you first have to believe this country was attacked.The first post out of the box here is from a no brain no heart no common sense idiot.Lorie I always look forward to your posts as they are always filled with thoughtfulness and heart felt compassion. Thank you,for I to have trouble with leaking eyes during these reflections.Any one thats fought for this country has the same reaction .

And now for an internationa... (Below threshold)

And now for an international perspective.

World remembers 9/11 but many not crying

The nations of the world joined Monday in solemn remembrance of Sept. 11 — but for many, resentment of the United States flowed as readily as tears.

Critics say Americans have squandered the goodwill that prompted France's Le Monde newspaper to proclaim "We are all Americans" that somber day after the attacks, and that the Iraq war and other U.S. policies have made the world less safe in the five years since.

Heads bowed in moments of silence for the 3,000 killed in the attacks on New York and Washington — while the No. 2 al-Qaida leader issued new warnings in a videotape. And dissident voices said the world has traded in civil liberties and other democratic rights in its war on terror.

In Europe, where Islamic terror has struck twice since 9/11, in the Madrid train bombings and the London transit attacks, the silent tributes were tinged with doubts and recriminations.

Even German Chancellor Angela Merkel — an advocate of repairing ties with Washington that were frayed under her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder — had veiled criticism of the United States, saying: "The ends cannot justify the means."

"In the fight against international terror ... respect for human rights, tolerance and respect for other cultures must be the maxim of our actions, along with decisiveness and international cooperation," she said.

Wake up and smell the coffee, Americans. You've been sold a bill of worthless "anti-terrorism" goods by a political party hellbent on using terrorism to further their own political gain.

The world knows it - and the vast majority of Americans know it too.

We did wake up, Lee. And s... (Below threshold)

We did wake up, Lee. And saw Democrats willing to bend over and grab their ankles for Al Q or anyone else who could possibly embarrass Bush. Post-2000 reality - anything that hurts Bush helps the Democratic Party, even if it hurts the US or the WoT.

You keep thinking yourself part of a vast majority. I'm thinking of another 'majority' that found itself out of power when it tried to grab it... because people wouldn't stand for it. You remember them, by any chance?


We'll see in November, Lee.... (Below threshold)

We'll see in November, Lee.

Hey Lee:Instead of... (Below threshold)

Hey Lee:

Instead of being such a troll, why don't you tell us your ideas for dealing with terrorists? Do you honestly think that they will leave us alone if we abandon Iraq? At what point will your hatred of Bush end? When he's out of office? Or when your family (if you have one) is killed in the next terrorist attack? (Oops--I forgot. If another attack happens on Bush's watch, *that* will be his fault, too.)

Five responses (so far) to Lorie's eloquent post, and two trolls have responded. I sincerely hope that this ratio is not representative of how the American people are thinking about the GWOT these days. If it is, then God help us.

Lee won't see in November o... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Lee won't see in November or any other time; he's blinded by BDS. Typical of his ilk to try and tarnish a special day like this, but they have no shame either.

Lee, you are an idiot, STFU... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

Lee, you are an idiot, STFU. You and Tim Osoma are too stupid to understand. I do not know what causes people like you to think the way you do. Maybe too many drugs, or not enough oxygen at birth, but you make me wish, as your parents not doubt do, that post natal abortion was legal.

While ignoring Lee/osoma, I... (Below threshold)

While ignoring Lee/osoma, I'd like to get back to Lorie's point -

As usual, Lorie, you have an eloquence that rivals Peggy Noonan's. Thank you for another beautiful post on such a special day.

A moving post, thanks.... (Below threshold)

A moving post, thanks.

I would delete the first comment, since it is dilatory nonsense, and totally inappropriate.

Lorie,Although Jim... (Below threshold)
35% approval rating:


Although Jim recommends that you delete Tim's post, I suggest you not be so cowardly in the face of dissent.

Tim's post (primarly the last half) gives a good overview of why Bush's own words seriously undermine his credibility in the war on terror.

Old Coot -35% appr... (Below threshold)
35% approval rating:

Old Coot -

35% approval rating.

...or view the Arab man ... (Below threshold)
Discarded Ballots:

...or view the Arab man sitting on the bus across from you suspiciously...

Or when Bush says he doesn't know where Osama is and doesn't think about it much.

Or when 2,660 die in Iraq.

Or when Bush admits that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11.

Or when Bush admits that no WMDs were found.

Those are some other times when 9/11 breaks my heart.

Lee -Thanks for th... (Below threshold)

Lee -

Thanks for the international perspective. It helps balance the war propaganda.

Hey, moonbat libs! Even if ... (Below threshold)

Hey, moonbat libs! Even if Bush only has a 35% approval rating, that means only 75% disapprove of him! Stupid asses.

Wake up and smell th... (Below threshold)

Wake up and smell the coffee Lee, with folks like Pelosi, Schumer, or Clinton at the helm your wife, daughter, or girlfriend would have had their burqa fitting by now and you would be kissing he hand that feeds you.

I, and I would wager that the majority of participants on this blog, do not give a flying hoot about what the rest of the world thinks about this country. Frankly, I don't believe the world is upset about our polices or actions ... The rest of the world is jealous of what we still have and want to take it from us. By force if necessary, and the political hacks are eager to use people like you.

Regarding the article you pasted; Europe is the frog in the proverbial boiling water. If they don't comprehend that the water is boiling, they will become Islamic states in very short order.

Hey anthonyGN:H... (Below threshold)

Hey anthonyGN:

Hey, moonbat libs! Even if Bush only has a 35% approval rating, that means only 75% disapprove of him! Stupid asses.

And I thought I was the only literature major lurking here. Let's see, I'll get out the calculator; 75 plus 35 is...

Gee, that's a lot. Think I'll go watch Fox News...

Thank you, Lorie. You get i... (Below threshold)
Patrick Chester:

Thank you, Lorie. You get it. Some of the folks here, alas, do not.

Small point. 35% approval d... (Below threshold)

Small point. 35% approval does not meant 65% disapproval. There is usually some that have no opinion. I have dug into the raw data of some of these polls and found them to be suspicious at best.

Sorry Lorrie.I'm w... (Below threshold)

Sorry Lorrie.

I'm with our President('s actions) on this one.

Couldn't care less about 9/11.
9/11: Big F'n Deal.

We didn't even want to know what really happened that day.
How important could it possibly be?

None important, is the answer, of course.

Ric, do you really think the terrorists are going to take over our country?
What color is the sky on the planet you live on?
By yourself a clue: America, the most powerful economic and military country in the history of mankind, is going to be taken over by a bunch of guys with boxcutters?

What a rube.

"The most important thing i... (Below threshold)

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him."
- G.W. Bush, 9/13/01

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
- G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

Phony quotes:







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