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Friday, September 11, 2009

What Went Wrong?

Questions Worth Re-Asking

Why did the president sit in that Florida classroom for several minutes after being told "America is under attack"?

Why did Rudy Giuliani put the anti-terrorism command center in the World Trade Center against the advice of experts who knew better?

Could there be any greater examples of heroism than the passengers who fought back on Flight 93, the rescue teams at the Pentagon, or the NYPD and NYFD responders who ran into the towers without hesitation because "It's my job"?

Father Mychal Judge: Saint...or Supersaint?
Why did firefighters have faulty radios instead of dependable ones, Mr. Giuliani?

Was it really necessary for the president to tell us to go shopping?

Why were rescue workers at Ground Zero told by the EPA director that the air was safe to breathe when it wasn't?

When rescue workers got horribly sick from breathing contaminated air, why were so many given perfunctory treatment and then left to fend for themselves?

Why did Rudy Giuliani say he "was at the site as often, if not more, than most of the workers," when he only visited the site for 29 hours over a span of 41 visits?
When Glenn Beck---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---said, "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up!' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining," why wasn't he banished into obscurity?
When the president stressed the importance of safeguarding our ports and vital infrastructure, why did he take so long actually get started? Are they much safer today?

When the president called for greater security at airports, why was there such a lopsided focus on passengers and very little on cargo?

When we found out that most of the hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, why did the president continue holding hands (literally) with their leaders?

Why were habeas corpus rights suspended years after the attacks of 9/11, when the country wasn't in a state of rebellion or invasion?

When Congress found out the president had broken the law before 9/11 by snooping on American citizens without warrants, why did they patch up the law to make his---and the phone companies'---illegal activities retroactively legal?

Bush nominated Bernard Kerik to be the head of Homeland Security...and he wasn't joking???
When Ann Coulter---one of the most respected figures in the Republican party---said, "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by grief-arazzis. I've never seen people enjoying their husbands' deaths so much," why wasn't she banished into obscurity?
When Bush had bin Laden in his sights at Tora Bora, why didn’t he take the shot?

Why were we told repeatedly that Saddam Hussein was a co-conspirator in the attacks when he had nothing to do with them?

When we needed more troops to vanquish the Taliban in Afghanistan, why did we invade Iraq?

How unspeakably crude was it for the Republican party to exploit the 9/11 attacks in a promotional video during their convention last year in St. Paul?
When Jerry Falwell got on TV and said, "I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped this happen'," why wasn't he defrocked and sent to work in soup kitchens for the rest of his life?

Is it possible to adequately express the importance of the work done by Beverly Eckert on behalf of truth, accountability and transparency?
What's going on at Ground Zero?
Are terrorists pricks, or what?
Are politicians who use fear to scare citizens into submission pricks, or what?
Will the shock of that day ever wear off?

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