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This is my second essay on Christians at war. Like The great raid, We were soldiers was made in 2002, but this was actually released that year, one expects because of the prestige of the cast. I don’t suppose anyone will argue this is independent of 9/11. I suppose you might call this movie prophetic. It shows […]

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What “New York Values” Means To Me

 

I suppose “New York Values” is kind of a Rorschach blot, with people reading into it whatever they like, but to me it means this: I think that if the four hijacked airliners on September 11, 2001, had hit anywhere but Manhattan, New Yorkers wouldn’t feel so strongly about it. In fact – and this is just my gut feeling – if the only one that had reached its destination that morning was the one that hit the Pentagon, the majority of New Yorkers would have said, “Eh. Just a bunch of warmongers anyway. Live by the sword, die by the sword.”

Let’s not forget that many people sum up that day as the day the Twin Towers were attacked, as if that were the totality of the horror that was inflicted. I have actually had conversations that went like this:

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This is the first of two essays of which I mean to deliver myself, concerning American Christians at war. I’m enough of a movie critic to raise an eyebrow when people start saying Christian things in stories. It’s pretty rare; it occurs usually in period pieces. I’ve a few things to say about this that you […]

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Politico is reporting on an interview with former CIA Director George Tenant, in which Tenant apparently puts a lot of blame on George W. Bush’s administration for ignoring “specific” warnings about an al-Qaeda attack in 2001.  I know a lot of this has been hashed out before, and I can’t tell how much of this […]

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Trump Blames 9/11 on Bush

 

2D7AFFC500000578-3276186-_I_M_MUCH_MORE_COMPETENT_Trump_said_of_Presdient_Geroge_W_Bush_t-a-8_1445013286476Bloomberg Television interviewed Donald Trump today and he had tough words for Osama bin Laden Mohammed Atta Al Qaeda George W. Bush.

Anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked The Donald if voters could trust him to keep America safe and if he would provide the “comforter-in-chief” role as Bush did after 9/11 and Obama after the Sandy Hook shooting. I’ll let the Daily Mail take it from here:

“OK, I think I have a bigger heart than all of them,” he said. “I think I’m much more competent than all of them.”

The Classicist Podcast, with Victor Davis Hanson: “9/11: Then and Now”

 

On a special installment of The Classicist podcast from the Hoover Institution, I lead VDH in a reflection on 9/11 and the 14 years that have passed in the interim. Why did America get blindsided in 2001? How have we managed to remain relatively safe over a decade-and-a-half where we’ve had two presidents with dramatically different approaches to foreign affairs? Is the threat from radical Islam more or less acute than it was in the aftermath of the attacks? All that and more below or when you subscribe to The Classicist via iTunes.

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Our teachers were acting strange. Class was delayed as the adults stood out in the hall speaking in hushed tones. When she returned to the classroom, our teacher was visibly concerned. “Do any of you know what’s happened today?” A girl raised her hand. “Another plane flew into the Pentagon.” Her wording stuck with me. […]

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From my generation, everyone remembers where they were when Kennedy was shot. Now everyone remembers where they were when they heard about 9/11. Not all of us were in New York and have such moving, significant stories as have been posted here, but I think it would be interesting to hear some of the other […]

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I stayed away this year – – I don’t know why, just one of those years, I guess, where I couldn’t do it – – I couldn’t stop by the firehouse, couldn’t attend the memorial service, and couldn’t bring myself to think about the day.  Some anniversaries are like that.        Having successfully distracted myself […]

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On Loss and Losers

 

Acknowledgement to our local Minnesota Public Radio classical station for a full day of mourning and tribute songs in honor of 9/11. Glorious. None more so than this from the Henry V soundtrack, “Non Nobis Domine.” Nothing mourns and consoles like Latin.

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America is a weird place. In America it’s one generation from liberals like Henry Fonda joining up to serve the country in war–like everyone else, at one in heart & mind with their conservative friends, like Jimmy Stewart–to liberals like Jane Fonda running off to Vietnam to help out some of the most atrocious murderers available at the […]

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Fourteen Years Ago . . .

 

shutterstock_20814040Fourteen years on, the term “9/11” has, for many, lost some of its resonance. I do not endorse wallowing in 9/11 memories, but neither can we forget the horrific violence that jolted us into awareness of the threat we faced – and still face today. On September 11, 2004, the third anniversary of the attack, National Review Online published a piece in which I chronicled the experiences of one family, the Sullivans, who lost a loved one that morning. A sample:

Patrick Sullivan was 32 years old when he was killed. A Brooklyn native and graduate of Georgetown, he was one of the 658 employees at Cantor Fitzgerald, the securities firm, who were trapped on the upper floors of the World Trade Center’s north tower when it came crashing down. Not even a trace of his body was ever found. Had it not been for some odd twists of fate, his brothers Greg, who today is 38, and Jerry, 37, might have died that day with him.

Please read the whole thing, then come back here and share your own thoughts and memories on what was this generation’s Pearl Harbor.

Remembering 9/11: Glen Cove Ferry

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was 22 years old and living in my first apartment in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. My parents just moved down to North Carolina that June and my sister lived in Colorado; my brother was living in Rockland, so I wasn’t completely alone, but I kind of felt that way. On September 10, I started a new job as a deck hand on a ferry that went from Glen Cove on Long Island to downtown Manhattan. It was an amazing job, and super easy. We left Glen Cove at around 7:30 AM and got to the downtown dock an hour later so the high-end customers could get to their desks before the morning bell rang at the stock exchange. To reduce fuel costs, we docked at Liberty Landing in New Jersey instead of shelping back to Long Island and waited until the evening run at 5:30 PM. Like I said, super easy, and I got paid for that entire time. It was a great job, on a great day. A friend of mine from school who helped me land the job and I watched the buzzing downtown of Manhattan with the Twin Towers as an amazing backdrop on a beautiful, cloudless day, very similar to the one that followed it when all hell would break loose. September 10, 2001 was a day of promises and new beginnings for me.

I was not scheduled to work the next day, so I slept-in. I was woken up by my phone ringing, several times. Finally I picked the phone up around 10:00 AM. It was my boyfriend — now, my husband — calling me. “Where the hell have you been? I’ve been calling and calling. Your mom even called me.” It takes me a bit to get my faculties together when I wake up so it was a while before I could say more than “Huh, what?” He went on to explain what happened. I know it may seem unbelievable that someone could be unaware that that all hell was breaking loose a mere five miles south of her, but all was peace in my neck of the woods until I heard the military jets flying overhead. When I finally got my TV to work and found the news, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. What do you mean planes flew into the Twin Towers and they collapsed? How is that possible? That doesn’t happen in real life.

I checked my answering machine and saw I had 67 messages. They were from my mom, freaking out and trying to find out where I am. From my sister, my brother, aunts, uncles, and friends, all trying to find me. Friends asking if any of their family members had contacted me. The frantic note in everyone’s voice made it all the more real that wow, this is really happening. I finally dressed, called the ferry office, and told the dispatcher that I could come in if I was needed. She didn’t hesitate: “Come in,” she said. So I threw on some clothes, packed a bag (because I didn’t know how long this would be) and headed out the door.

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When Hope n’ Change reflects on the anniversary of 9/11,  we think of the New York skyline and are overwhelmed by the emptiness. Empty not just of the souls and structures which were once there, but a new and growing emptiness of resolve, national unity, and moral courage. Over fifty of our nation’s top intelligence […]

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Leftist Media Finally Admits Their 9/11 Trutherism

 

downloadTrutherism, the idea that George W. Bush purposely either planned and carried out the 9/11 terrorist attacks, or purposefully let them happen, has long infected the dark corners of web media.

Shortly after 9/11, such conspiracy theories weren’t tolerated by the left or right. Trutherism was reserved for college kids with the uncanny ability to cut clips together and compose spooky synthesizer music as an outlet to justify their mortal hate for George W. Bush.

The country loved George Bush, and these Dubya haters couldn’t abide that. 

That Awkward Moment When Your Father Costs You the Presidency

 

shutterstock_79457221Ever since the idea of Rand Paul as a serious presidential candidate has emerged, I’ve thought the trajectory of the project inevitable: things start falling apart when the candidate’s father comes in for close scrutiny.

Now, maybe this isn’t fair. If kooky relatives are disqualifying for the presidency, after all, we might as well abolish the office tomorrow. When your dad has held federal office and created a distinct ideological brand of which you’re the direct inheritor, however, you’re going to be perpetually yoked to one another whether you like it or not. My guess is that this moment falls into the “or not” category. From the Washington Free Beacon:

Former Rep. Ron Paul said he believes the U.S. government had prior knowledge of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and has kept this information hidden in a classified section of the 9/11 Commission report.