Sunday Roast: 9/11, Fifteen Years On


It’s been fifteen years since that terrible day, September 11, 2001.  Almost 3000 people died, over 6000 people were injured, and untold trauma to millions of people worldwide, who were glued to their televisions, radios, computers — trying to comprehend what it was we were seeing and hearing.  Anyone over 20 years of age probably holds vivid memories of the heinous events of the day, what they were doing, and the feelings of shock, horror, grief, fear, anger…I know I do.

A chance for unity in this country — and possibly worldwide — was squandered by a President with an agenda of his own, resulting in the death and injury of hundreds of thousands of service members and innocent civilians in the countries he attacked in our name, and under false pretenses.  Lives that are being lost and ruined even today.

Could we ever have imagined on that horrendous day, fifteen years ago, that today, September 11, 2016, we would be enduring a hotly contested presidential election wherein the GOP nominee is a narcissistic, race baiting, hypocritical, misogynist, fear-mongering, Islam-hating, bigoted liar, with delusions of grandeur?  Who talks non-stop while saying precisely nothing, absolutely does not care about the damage he’s causing?  Personally, I am gobsmacked at the very thought.

If such a thing is possible, Osama bin Laden is smiling from his watery grave.

I’m sorry.

This is our daily open thread.

21 thoughts on “Sunday Roast: 9/11, Fifteen Years On

  1. Sometimes an event like 9-11 strengthens a nation, increases its resolve to make things better both at home and in the world. Not so this time. The impact on Amurkkka was the opposite. “We” (“they”?) soon were driven by the same old nonsensicals: fear, money and greed, the quest for power, new people to hate both at home and abroad, the emergence of a modern fascism, all come together to dramatically steepen our ever-steeper downhill slope. Very sad.

  2. On Al Sharpton a bit earlier they discussed a Suffolk University/USA Today poll, taken August 24-28, saying that 50% trust Hillary Clinton on National Security, while only 37% trust Trump.

    I don’t recall seeing this poll reported earlier this month. Anybody else?

  3. Surprise surprise.

    Hours after Twin Towers fell, Trump bragged his building was now the ‘tallest’ in lower Manhattan

    Buried in a Politico story about Trump and Clinton is this nugget.

    Only parenthetically in the middle of the 10-minute conversation did Trump turn to a favorite topic-size. “40 Wall Street,” he said, referring to his 71-story building blocks away from the now-collapsed twin towers, “actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, the tallest-and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest. And now it’s the tallest.”

    [Alan] Marcus chalked up the remark to “Donald being Donald. … He is the brand manager of Trump, and he is going to tout that brand, and he does it reflexively,” he said. “Even on that day.”

  4. Yes – when the history of the United States is written by some scholar in the later years, long after we and this empire has fallen, I think that 9-11 will be the date that marked the beginning of the end. When the principles that the country was founded upon, religious liberty, political plurality, rule of law for everyone and a desire to spread those principles by example not by force ….. that was the day Americans decided they could throw all of that away and simply be scared of everything and everyone and to allow moneyed interests, and demagogues and fascists to market that fear to justify the decimation of those principles.

    9-11 is to the USA what the arrival of Augustus Caesar was to Rome.

    • The whole point behind Iraq was to keep the oil in the ground and keep prices high.
      The Saudi’s have been dumping oil on the market and bringing it to a market low.
      This screwed up a few peoples plans but it hasn’t stopped them from the end game.
      I don’t think most of the world understands why it is in big oils best interest to keep the Iraqi oil in the ground and not exported.

  5. Hillary Clinton Is Being Treated for Pneumonia, Leaves 9/11 Ceremony Feeling ‘Overheated’

    “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia,” said Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, who examined Mrs. Clinton at her house in Chappaqua on Sunday. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

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