15 Years After

15 YearsI live only a 2.5-hour drive from New York City. When 9/11 happened, I was working for the local newspaper, and we stayed up half the night putting together the 9/12 newspaper, covering all the known details of the event. I still have a copy of that next day’s newspaper as one of my prized personal mementos.

There was a surge of locals rushing to New York immediately after the event. To assist with the rescue work. To make sure friends and relatives were okay. To just go and look at the site.

But I stayed away. One, there was nothing useful I could do, and Two, you just DON’T go playing disaster-tourist in cases like this, getting in the way of all the different kinds of professionals trying to deal with the thing.

There was another reason, though, and this is yet another element of my lasting anger over the whole thing. I knew for a fact that the air was poisonously bad. You don’t just smash and burn a couple of jet airplanes, with all their fuel and passengers, and two huge skyscrapers full of construction materials and plastics and paints and chemicals and PEOPLE, and then have good safe air to breathe. I stayed away because the air was sure to be toxic as hell. That fact had to be obvious to anybody who thought about it for two seconds.

The smoldering site “acted as a chemical factory,” atmospheric scientist Thomas Cahill told the American Chemical Society in 2003. And the mix of chemicals and building materials — including asbestos, glass and steel — have been linked to diseases and conditions such as cancer and a “World Trade Center cough.”

Yet Christine Todd Whitman, former Republican governor of New Jersey and Bush-appointed head of the Environmental Protection Agency at the time, lied her ass off just days later (with the full knowledge of, and probably on orders from, the Bush White House), telling New Yorkers:

I am glad to reassure the people of New York … that their air is safe to breathe and their water is safe to drink.

You want to be angry at Government? Be angry at someone like that, who took a situation where people should have been warned, and did nothing, dooming thousands of children, rescue workers and ordinary New Yorkers to early deaths from cancer, emphysema, COPD, or to a lifetime of suffering, for no good reason. No, she didn’t cause 9/11, but she sure failed to protect Americans after it. (People, Hillary’s emails and Benghazi and all the other crap being dreamed up about her, don’t even come CLOSE to all that happened during 9/11.)

But here’s Hillary Clinton — you know, that evil witch we all love to hate? — who was a New York Senator at the time, reacting with real anger over that lie:

Maybe in the immediate aftermath, the first couple of days, nobody could know. But a week later? Two weeks later? Two months later? Six months later? Give me a break! They knew and they didn’t tell us the truth.

Click to see pics of Clinton at the disaster site and hear the video of her reacting to the lie: 9/11 audio tapes reveal livid Hillary Clinton

One more thing:

I will always remember 9-11 as the failure of George W. Bush to keep America safe. The loss of the Twin Towers, an iconic American landmark, and the lives of almost 3,000 people, the worst attack on American soil in history, greater even than Pearl Harbor, is on HIM.

That this little weasel (forgive me, weasels) will live out his life rich and safe and free from censure or responsibility is just one more part of the tragedy.

  • rubaxter

    Don’t forget that other little weasel, Wudy, who was a failed mayor about to be dumped from office until 9/11 for some unknown reason made him a hero, and has given him a $million career flinging his shite on the walls of all the lecture halls full of sad, old white men wankers who will pay to have him fling that B/S about like a mere monkey.

  • Michael Neville

    I will always remember 9-11 as the failure of George W. Bush to keep America safe.

    That’s my reaction to 9-11 as well.

  • I will always remember 9-11 as the failure of George W. Bush to keep America safe.

    I have little doubt that if it were a Dem in office, you’d have found another Rep to pin it on.

    • Hank Fox

      Ha! Too funny. Meanwhile, I have NO doubt that if it had happened during a Democrat’s watch, we’d be hearing about it DAILY, how the Democrats failed to keep America safe, got all those Americans killed, and can never again be trusted to hold public office.

      On a side note, your reply is proof of Republicans’ failure to accept responsibility, EVER, for things that happen while they’re in charge. As long as that goes on, such failures will happen again and again and again, because the people involved are permanently incapable of learning from mistakes. If you can’t recognize and admit mistakes, there’s no possibility of learning from them.

      • your reply is proof of Republicans’ failure to accept responsibility, EVER, for things that happen while they’re in charge

        I thought you “progressives” were suppose to be the reasonable ones, yet you draw conclusions completely out of thin air. Specifically, that I’m Republican. And, secondly, that you know how I assign responsibility for, and allocate blame to, historical events.

        Meanwhile, I find your assignment of blame to be simplistic, at best, as I’ve never heard any historian, of any credibility, lay any significant portion of blame for 9/11 at the feet of W. I’m assuming that your reductive fallaciousness stems from deep-rooted political bias.

        • Hank Fox

          You’re defending Republicans; it seems a natural assumption that you either are one or lean heavily their way. And you didn’t actually say you weren’t a Republican, did you?

          Meanwhile, I’m not sure what a quote-progressive-unquote is, or why you think I must be one. Speaking of thin air … 😀

          Also, it appears some credible people DO blame Bush for failing to protect America. See “The Deafness Before the Storm” by respected journalist Kurt Eichenwald: