Notes on the Atrocities
Like a 100-watt radio station, broadcasting to the dozens...

Thursday, September 11, 2003  

The blogosphere, no less than the rest of American media, will be awash in 9/11 tributes and memorials. For my own little atrocity-noting bit, I'd like to spend a few minutes with selected scattershot observations.

The Duchess of Mendacity (Condi Rice) comments on White House errors: "[I]f there was something that was really underestimated, it was how really awful Saddam Hussein was to his own people."

My goodness! Rummy admits the planning for the reconstruction was more than adequate. "Prepared? I mean, we were prepared for lots of things. We were prepared for humanitarian crisis that didn't happen. We were prepared for lighting off all the oil wells and only a couple of handfuls were actually burning that we were able to stop."

President Bush continues to link Al Qaeda and his unauthorized invasion of Iraq: "We have carried the fight to the enemy. We are rolling back the terrorist threat to civilization, not on the fringes of its influence, but at the heart of its power. This work continues. In Iraq, we are helping the long suffering people of that country to build a decent and democratic society at the center of the Middle East." (link)

Meanwhile, 70% of Americans believe Saddam Hussein was involved in the 9/11 bombings.

More from Rummy: "To the extent that terrorists are given reason to believe he might, or, if he is not going to, that the opponents might prevail in some way, and they take heart in that, and that leads to more money going into these activities, or that leads to more recruits, or that leads to more encouragement, or that leads to more staying power, obviously that does make our task more difficult." (Link)

Ashcroft: "We need honest, reasoned debate; not fearmongering. To those who pit Americans against immigrants, and citizens against non-citizens; to those who scare peace-loving people with phantoms of lost liberty; my message is this: Your tactics only aid terrorists - for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America's enemies, and pause to America's friends. They encourage people of good will to remain silent in the face of evil." (link)

The Patriot Act
Military tribunals
Immigrant roundups
Heavy use of the "material witness" clause
Federal racial profiling
New York receives only 1/3 of the $20 billion promised by the President after 9/11
Corporate tenets of WTC get settlement money from 9/11; small businesses screwed
Lies about toxicity of the air after 9/11
Iraq war
Iraq quagmire
287 dead American soldiers
Unknown thousands dead in Iraq
Afghanistan quagmire
Taliban returning to power in Afghanistan
Damaged relations with our allies
$1 billion a week to support the war

posted by Jeff | 9:00 AM |
Blogroll and Links