Bloggermann: This hole in the ground – Bloggermann – MSNBC.com

Ok I was wrong…

Bloggermann: This hole in the ground – Bloggermann – MSNBC.com:

“History teaches us that nearly unanimous support of a government cannot be taken away from that government by its critics. It can only be squandered by those who use it not to heal a nation’s wounds, but to take political advantage.

Terrorists did not come and steal our newly-regained sense of being American first, and political, fiftieth. Nor did the Democrats. Nor did the media. Nor did the people.

The President — and those around him — did that.

They promised bi-partisanship, and then showed that to them, ‘bi-partisanship’ meant that their party would rule and the rest would have to follow, or be branded, with ever-escalating hysteria, as morally or intellectually confused, as appeasers, as those who, in the Vice President’s words yesterday, ‘validate the strategy of the terrorists.’

They promised protection, and then showed that to them ‘protection’ meant going to war against a despot whose hand they had once shaken, a despot who we now learn from our own Senate Intelligence Committee, hated al-Qaida as much as we did.

The polite phrase for how so many of us were duped into supporting a war, on the false premise that it had ‘something to do’ with 9/11 is ‘lying by implication.’

The impolite phrase is ‘impeachable offense.'”

Now go read the whole thing.

Has Bin Laden Won?

I was reading the morning papers (on-line of course), and Richard Cohen’s column had some interesting thoughts. His contention that Bin Laden has won resonates. He lays out a very good case that everything Bin Laden set out to accomplish he has, and the Bush Administration has taken each of his accomplishments to the next level for him.

Richard Cohen – Bin Laden’s Victory – washingtonpost.com: “I was here on Sept. 11, 2001 — downtown when the twin towers collapsed. My instantaneous reaction — the thought that came to my mind as I heard the sound of the buildings coming down — was for revenge. I would, to this day, kill Osama bin Laden with my own hands. But as much as I hate the man, I have to recognize that from his vantage point, from his mountain fastness somewhere on the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier, he has won. What he had set out to do, he has done. That is more than we can say.”

Go have a look at the whole article. While you are at it check out Eugene Robinson on A War of Words.

“There was a time, not so long ago, when no one ever spoke of an American “homeland.” During World War II there was a home front, and of course there has always been a heartland between the two heartless coasts, but no one thought of our big-shouldered cities, traffic-choked suburbs, purple mountains’ majesties and amber waves of grain as anything called a homeland.

The United States was always a place for people who had left their homelands behind, a polyglot, rainbow-colored nation whose defining characteristics were vitality, mobility, dynamism and the restless urge to push toward the next frontier. But now we inhabit an official homeland, with an official Department of Homeland Security to protect it.”

It seems to me that he doesn’t quite carry his thought to the logical end…Everything this administration does is filtered through a verbal smokescreen. When they reduce the coverage of the Clean Air Act it is with a Clear Skies Agenda. Corporate Welfare to the pharmaceutical companies is an added benefit to Medicare. Yes this administration has learned how to fight a war all right, sadly for the American Military it is a “War of Words”

Sept. 11, 2006

I was trying to come up with a way of expressing my feelings for this anniversary of the day America awoke to the realities of the world…This post led to same thoughts…

Daily Kos: The lessons of 9-11: “The lessons of 9-11
by kos
Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 10:53:17 AM PDT

Aravosis learned a few things:

* The Constitution only applies when the going gets easy.
* War is the answer, even when you forget the question.
* The truth is for sissies.
* America has never faced an enemy as dangerous and as intent on killing us as King George, the Civil War, World War I, the Germans, the Japanese, a nuclear Soviet Union Al Qaeda.
* The real September 11 story was badly in need of editing.
* Just because they say it makes it so.
* We have always been at war with Oceania.
* A fool is born every election day.
* Due process is for the innocent.
* Patriotism means never having to say you’re sorry.
* It’s all Sandy Berger’s fault.

The point above that really hits home to me is:

* America has never faced an enemy as dangerous and as intent on killing us as King George, the Civil War, World War I, the Germans, the Japanese, a nuclear Soviet Union Al Qaeda.

And the circle continues…America has never faced an enemy as dangerous and as intent on killing us as King George…

Another post by someone I respect read:

“In a moment of worry I called my husband and asked him if he had heard the news. He had. I’ll never forget his resolute words that followed:
“Marie, if we stop what we are doing and panic, then They win. Keep doing what you’re supposed to be doing.”
It was in that spirit I began my day today. With reverence to those whose lives for lost and directly affected by the tragedy, I went down to the river this morning and took photos of the sun breaking through the fog.” Marie Freeman

David Weinberger said it thus:

We’re more than halfway through 9/11/06 and I’m feeling like we’ve fetishized it.

Thousands of innocent citizens were murdered, and they deserve remembrance. But listening to the public voices chattering without pause, today seems to have become about something else: Justifying the sacrifice of American ideals and values in the name of our fear.

On 9/10/01, if someone had told you that in response to a terrorist attack, a majority of Americans would back preemptive war and torture, would you have believed it?

For five minutes forget whether or not we’re safer now, five years after the attacks. The question I wish they’d talk about is: Are you proud of how our country has responded? I’m not. Our soldiers are brave and our fire fighters are heroes. We’ve done some things right. But, overall I’m not proud. And if the authorities weren’t out whipping up fear, I think most Americans would answer the same way.

I think this is what keeps bothering me also. Why have we lost that moral high ground? How come I can’t feel pride in the way we reacted?

Colleen at Loose Leaf Notes has her own story of the event…

What were you doing when it happened?

Death is a season rather than a single date. I hadn’’t been home from the last funeral for even a week when the terrorist attacks on the U.S. took place–September 11, 2001. Two towers came down, one right after the other like my brothers did, killing over 3,000 innocent people. Now the whole country was in grief. Maybe I wouldn’’t stick out so, like a sore thumb. From The Jim and Dan Stories.

Go read her thoughts…

I guess my main concern is for the future. Where is this “War on Terror” leading? Will it be like the war on drugs that we have been fighting for decades with no end in sight? Will we ever regain the moral high ground we had at the beginning of 2002? Will we learn thaabsolutelyly nothing requires America to react unilaterally and without regard for the customs of others?

The only thought I can leave you is…Go with God and live in peace.

Lie By Lie

Do you want to really get mad? Review what you know happened without the years of spin from the White House. Then pass it on…It’s time to take back America.

Lie By Lie: “Lie by Lie: Chronicle of a War Foretold: August 1990 to March 2003

The first drafts of history are fragmentary. Important revelations arrive late, and out of order. In this timeline, we’ve assembled the history of the Iraq War to create a resource we hope will help resolve open questions of the Bush era. What did our leaders know and when did they know it? And, perhaps just as important, what red flags did we miss, and how could we have missed them? This is the first installment in our Iraq War timeline project. “

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders