Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11 -- 12 Years Later

Gary L. Bauer
Campaign for Working Families

It is hard to believe that it has been twelve years since the 9/11 attacks. As many of you know, I had a "front row" seat to the attack, as I was sitting in my car stuck in a traffic jam, right next to the Pentagon when American Airlines Flight 77 slammed into the building.

I recalled this morning how much misinformation was reported as the attacks unfolded. Looking to my right, I could see the Pentagon in flames. I knew the World Trade Center towers had been hit.

Then came reports on the radio that fire and smoke was seen in the vicinity of the White House. (The reporter was seeing the inferno at the Pentagon. But from her angle, it appeared to be the White House.) For a time, it seemed like the whole country was going down. It was truly a day of great anxiety and sorrow.

Sadly, there are two tragic anniversaries today. The September 11, 2001, attacks were answered by George W. Bush, who showed the world that the United States could not be attacked with impunity.

This is also the first anniversary of the attacks on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which claimed the lives of four brave Americans, including our ambassador. Those attacks were followed by false explanations and inaction, suggesting that under this feeble administration America could be attacked with virtually no consequences.