In reflecting on the events of 9/11/2001, it’s entirely appropriate, yet insufficient to focus entirely on the victims and experience of survivors (Sept. 12 Daily News).
To fail to honestly consider the totality of circumstances surrounding that day, we do not do service to the victims or to history.
We should also remember that:
- Then President George W. Bush received multiple warnings — from former Clinton security officials, from domestic intelligence officials, from foreign intelligence officials — that a serious terrorist threat on U.S. soil was imminent; in fact Bin Laden was “determined to strike in U.S. as the daily security memo of Aug. 6 stated. His response was to take the longest vacation in presidential history. A CIA agent was flown to Florida to impress upon Bush the seriousness of the threat. He was, alas, ignored.
- Bush administration officials lied about what was known about the threat potential. For example, Condi Rice said that it was impossible to imagine planes being used as missiles, despite numerous mentions of the tactic in previous security agency evaluations.
- Bush used the events of that day, deploying a raft of lies and deception, to launch an invasion and occupation of Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the attacks. That cost hundreds of thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and has destabilized the region until today.
- From the earliest days of Bush’s tenure, neoconservatives in the Bush administration had openly stated their intent to invade Iraq and that, in 1999, according to Bush biography ghost writer Mickey Herskowitz, Bush said, "My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade … if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.”
And, finally, that none of the people involved in this massive deception and malfeasance which, in total, amount to war crimes, have been prosecuted for the widespread and lasting pain, death, and destruction they let loose on the world.