Another blue sky, another September 11

September 11, 2007 by barbara

barbara writes

9/11. America’s latter day of infamy. The towers, the deaths and injuries, of course. Images seared into memory. Plumes of acrid smoke. New Yorkers, coated with ash, scrambling to get out of the way without knowing what the way might be. “My Pet Goat.” Bull-horn speeches at Ground Zero. A wall of photos. And the Statue of Liberty overseeing the whole chaotic drama.

9/12, 9/13, etc. Days so fraught with anguish and uncertainty that I actually dug my TV out of the downstairs closet to watch some of it unfold. That little screen was as much as I could manage. And like everyone else, I didn’t have a clue that 9/11 launched America’s abrupt right turn away from representative democracy and ultimately away from the Constitution upon which our nation is built.

Our one nation under George had absolutely no idea how far-reaching and horrifying the events of 9/11 would be for America and for the world. But George knew. >>Read on.

The rest of us hadn’t detected the diabolical dot-to-dot game that was already in progress when 9/11 gave it a jump start. I’ll not go so far as to say that BushCo celebrated 9/11. But 9/11 was a presumably unexpected tool for their oil-drenched agenda. I say “presumably unexpected” not to further conspiracy theories, but to wonder yet again about the warnings that were there for serious consideration. Warnings of pending terrorism, disregarded and dismissed. Most of us did not yet understand that our attention should have been riveted less on the gaping hole in New York than on the cabal in the White House.

It’s a sad day all right. The deaths of all those Americans gave birth to BushCo in full bloom. It was a blank check. And they wasted not one second in cashing it. They capitalized on the good will and collective anguish of America and the international community. While we were distracted – more so than usual – BushCo began its relentless drive to control American government and, by extension, the American people. For starters.

What have we lost since 9/11? We seem to have lost our moral compass. Some days, I wonder if we have lost our national soul. Is anybody tending it? Hard to gauge when this sound and fury thing dominates the stage. We seem to have lost our capacity for reason, as noted by Al Gore. We do not talk, we shout. We do not communicate. We exchange vitriolic sound bites. Worst of all, we have become a war-mongering bully nation. Is that what the memorial at Ground Zero symbolizes? Is it our own version of the Saddam statue, built on the bones of slaughtered citizens?

You know, it’s easy to fall prey to hyperbole when 9/11 rolls around. It’s a day steeped in emotional history and appalling consequence. I’m guilty of it, too. But look at us. Really look. Can we reclaim at least a part of the essential decency that used to be America’s hallmark? Is it possible to re-establish some measure of the trust that has been BushCo’d?

9/11. One of the most tragic days in America’s history. And the terrorists haven’t had to do much since. Under the “leadership” of BushCo, we have terrorized ourselves. In that regard, 9/11 was a huge success for terrorists, an immense gift to BushCo and an ongoing tragedy for the rest of us. That is the legacy of 9/11. That is the legacy of BushCo.

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Poet (not verified) | September 11, 2007 - 10:40am

I have been an active eyewitness to three events of national tragedy. The first was the Kennedy assassination then came the Challenger Space Shuttle blow up on blast off, and finally the September 11 plane crashes and the destructuion that resulted from same.

My disillusionment with the government and its leadership began when LBJ landed at Andrews AFB and in its dark gloom proclaimed,"we may never know in our lifetimes all the answers as to how or why this terrible event happened."

From that point on I always suspected that LBJ (and many others) knew a lot more than they were ever going to let on to the nation. I also never much believed anything I heard LBJ say from that moment on.

Fast forward 37 years later and I am walking from the parking lot into my office and pass a colleague going the opposite way and say how ya' doin?'" To which he replied "Haven't you heard what happened?" "You better get up to the office right now"

Wondering everything from whether I have been fired to had somebody been shot, I got there just in time to watch the first building collapse.

The very next day, Bush is on TV calling this "another Pearl Harbor" and saying "we are at war". As I watched his kinesthetic and listened to his words I knew that he too was lying through his teeth and that this whole thing was a con job of some sort. I have not believed much of anything Bush has said since then.

But more, I also do not believe much of anything else most politicians say regardless of affiliation or ideology. This destruction of trust is far worse than th disillusionment some little kid feels when he finally learns that mommy and daddy have been lying to him about the tooth fairy, Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny--becasue those fantasies are merely excuses for giving money, candy, or presents to youngsters.

These lies involve murder, warfare, fomenting of violence, and the covetous stealing of that which belongs to someone else. They also involve the destruction of any brother (or sister)hood of community that might exsit otherwise. United "We the People" can do miracles and cange history. Divided te forces of privilige have the pen with which history is written.

Dennis Kucinich (who is very quickly becoming the Democratic party version of former Minnesota gov. Harold Stassen who ran and ran for President until his time ran out and never accomplished much of anything except to become a laugh line for late night comics) understands.. Bernie Sanders also understands the fight against corporate accumulation of capital and power. .


barbara aka babs (not verified) | September 11, 2007 - 4:39pm

Crikey, Poet, you must be as old as I am. Achy-breaky joints to accompany repetitive broken hearts. And your post reminds me of how much the media affects the national take on almost everything that happens.

Even without narrative, the images and sounds played on the tube shaped my view of the Kennedy assassination (do you remember the incessant drumbeat as the caisson bearing JFK's body moved through Washington's streets?), the repetitive showing of Challenger exploding (viewed on a tiny TV on the desk of a work colleague with dozens of us squeezed around it to watch), and the horrifyingly fascinating images of 9/11. Also Watts, Bobby Kennedy's death, Vietnam, the Nixon resignation.

Somewhere today I read a soldier's (maybe more than one) suggestion/invitation to politicians to come hunker down with them, to be embedded in the real war zones rather than Iraqi Potemkin villages for photo ops. Now that's one of the finest bluff-calls in this whole deadly farce, isn't it?

Dennis Kucinich. I dunno. I guess his heart is in the right place, but it seems he's in the wrong place at the wrong time. On the other hand, who's the right person for this time? Smart enough, good enough and liked by the people. Well, trusted. Which brings us back to your point about shattered trust. And so it goes.


barbara aka babs (not verified) | September 11, 2007 - 5:07pm

Arianna Huffington posted a good piece about the media with respect to their coverage of the mayhem that is Iraq. It's titled "Denying the Truth: Petraeus, Iraq, and Our Pontius Pilate Press."

She says, in part, "Today, we’ve been told by the White House and by the press, is The Big Day. Petraeus has come down from the mountaintop with his 10 Commandments and all of humanity now knows the way forward in Iraq. Except, unlike the original, Petraeus’ message is not divinely inspired. Indeed, having watched his opening salvo — which he delivered while barely looking up from his script — it’s not even grounded in reality.

"The driving force of the White House’s approach to this war has been the belief that saying something is so makes it so. That truly is the first commandment of the Bush administration. But it wasn’t true when the war started and it’s not true now.

The time has come for the media to stop acting as if there are two sides to the story of what’s happening in Iraq when there is only one."

No kidding.


paul miller (not verified) | September 11, 2007 - 7:27pm

very pithy comments summarizing the experience of the baby boomers - those of us that haven't been lobotimized, anyway

speaking of lies, this just in from Bloomberg -- "President George W. Bush plans to endorse the recommendations of his top general in Iraq"
if that's not the all time circle jerk i'd like to know what is

re: the days the music died, don't forget the day Wellstone's plane crashed

also I read from GQ that Donald Rumsfeld bought a new donkey for his place in Taos, calls him Gus, doesn't look back much and doesn't miss Bush, wife relates she eyeballed the Donald at age 14 and has been head over heels ever since, book to follow


susan | September 12, 2007 - 12:47am

(Rummy's) wife relates she eyeballed the Donald at age 14 and has been head over heels ever since, book to follow.

Breaking detail: Her nickname in highschool, when she eyeballed him, was "Birdlegs." She and Rummy went to highschool with two of my brothers-in-law, so I know this important stuff. (And my father ran against him for Congress in 1964, as regular clotheliners may recall, but that's another tale.)

Just drove the long haul back from Mackinac, longer than usual due to heavy rain and winds on the Michigan coast, and a 17 year old VW van that handles like a dinghy in a gale. I listened to Petraeus and commentators the whole way, which is a little like driving with your head in the garbage disposal.

Walked in to find jimfest (who drove home yesterday) tuned in to Jon Stewart eviscerating Petraeus and Bush, which was coitus abruptus, because I haven't seen TV in two months. And I found myself thinking, "at least someone in the MSM got it right." OH, wait, he's not MSM, he's a comedy show. Re-entry's always slow and painful.

And would anyone other than Bushco stage Petraeus's performance delecto on the anniversay of 9/11, IN CASE ANYONE FORGETS WHY WE'RE IN THIS WAR? On terror. In the wrong place. (Shhhhh.)

As for the boomer/geezer thing, we can be excused for a little distrust and paranoia, given the murders of JFK, MLK, RFK and the lies of Vietnam. (And yes, Paul and Sheila crashing from the sky.)

And it's not just lefties who've lost their trust. A guy I know on Mackinac, an almost rational Republican, (oxymoron, I know) is sure that the I-35 bridge was a terrorist attack, being covered up so we don't panic. The media, he says, is playing along. (I can't get him to tell me why we would panic if the bridge were blown up but be reassured by knowing that it was simply homegrown neglect. The devil we know?)

What I'm thinking, if I'm thinking, is that it's a good thing no one's trying to frame the constitution in 2007, because we trust no one, and agree on nothing.

This guy writes, "We hold these truths to be self evident . . .", and the room erupts in fisticuffs.


perhansa (not verified) | September 12, 2007 - 6:32pm

Good thing we don't have any political benchmarks to achieve.

Anyone looking at our own government would use terms like dysfunctional, sectarian, and ineffectual. We don't "share revenues" fairly. We can't resolve any pressing issues. We can't work out differences and compromise. We hate the "other".

But we stay the course. Washington and Baghdad. Bush and Malaki? How different are they really?


paul miller (not verified) | September 12, 2007 - 6:45pm

Bush and Malaki? How different are they really?

Bush inherited a country that has the potential to function very well, Maliki inherited an absolute disaster fomented by BushCo 1 and 2 and Clinton too - not really a fair comparison, blaming the Iraqi government for lack of progress is a total red herring, how dare you fail to put your country on the right track, the fact that the US has inflicted hundreds of thousands of casualites from the current invasion on top of half a million casualties from 12 years of sanctions does not enter the discussion, it's the Viet Nam syndrom, if we can just find the right puppet we'll get this thing on track............


barbara aka babs (not verified) | September 12, 2007 - 7:32pm

You know, I've been asking myself the same question, i.e., how are Bush and Malaki really different? The thing is, I don't know if Malaki is a chronic and unrepentant liar. So that could be a difference.

I think we should declare political benchmarks. For Congress. Yes, I do. Benchmarks with dates certain. Why not?