Saturday, September 09, 2006

9-11 on Television

Sure, Clinton didn't do enough in his 8 year presidency to stop Al Queda.

Sure, Bush didn't do enough in his 8 month presidency to stop Al Queda.

The guilt for terrorism is primarily that of terrorists.

Negligence for permitting terrorist activities is spread widely. Before 1979, every pilot of every aircraft that carried mail had to carry a gun. Rather than have terrorists get shot, the (Democratic) Congress changed the law to forbid pilots from carrying guns. Rather than permit passengers to fight with terrorists, Congress changed the law to make it a felony for any passenger to interfere with a hijacker. All this happened long before Clinton was elected.

It is true that the "Path to 9-11" initial cut showed Sandy Berger unable to approve a commando operation to capture Osama Bin Laden, and that this image is false. The sad fact is PotUSA Clinton, SecDef Cohen, SecSt Albright, DCI Tenet, and National Security Advisor Sandy Berger never let the planning for such an operation get even that close.

Day-by-Day, an interesting cartoon, suggests that it is a bad thing for Clinton, who lied to nearly everyone, for the most base of motives, to complain about other people not adhering to the Truth. http://www.daybydaycartoon.com/2006/09/09/#003788

Lileks has it right. http://www.lileks.com/bleats/index.html

"Just so you know: 9/11 reset the clock for me. All hands went to midnight. I’m interested in what people did after that date, and if the movie shows that before the attack one side lacked feck and the other was feck-deficient, I don't worry about it. It's like revisiting Congressional debates about Hawaiian harbor security in November 1941. Y'all get a pass. The Etch-A-Sketch's turned over."

The Treaty of Augsburg. A long time ago, limited the priviledges and immunities of WAR to princes, and nations.

A long time ago, the Geneva Convention granted prisoner of war status only to people who fought by the rules and customs of war, avoided damage to civilians, wore uniforms recognizable at a distance, and had a chain of command. Terrorists do none of these. Still the Supreme Court extended POW protection to terrorists in 'Hamadi'. I don't know how anyone, much less a Justice could make such a decision.

Bush Derangement Syndrome. It seems to affect far too many of those who oppose GW Bush on the left. Bush wanted to be a Uniter, not a Divider. He may be the only one who is supported in at least a lukewarm manner by everyone in the US that is not insane.

Doing Something New

I wanted do something besides leave long comments on other people's blogs.

So: Here are letters to my children.

Kacey: A brilliant physics and biology student, a junior in College.

Andrew: Entering freshman at University of Texas. Fencing.

Devin: High School Junior, Football

Terry: Nine years old, and homeschooling. Dinosaurs

Lapis: Seven years old, and homeschooling. Music

Rose: Though not truly my daughter, She is two, and thinks she is. Some of my letters will be to her.