Why Republicans Want America To Forget 9/11

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An anniversary is a day that commemorates or celebrates a past event that occurred on the same date of the year as the initial event, and is closely related to a day honoring the memory of a person or an event. After terrorists flew commercial airliners into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and crashed another in a Pennsylvania field, Americans have been reminded to “never forget” the tragic event. It is unlikely any American over the age of three or four will forget 911, but it is highly likely the majority of Americans will forget the long-lasting devastation an incompetent Republican administration’s response wrought on the nation.

Americans will duly commemorate the loss of American lives in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania as a result of the Bush administration’s cavalier attitude to warnings that al Qaeda operatives were going to hijack and use passenger airliners as missiles to take down American buildings, as they should. However horrible the loss of over three-thousand American lives in one terrorist attack on American soil may seem, the true extent of the damage to America in lives and resources that one day’s tragedy caused is something most Americans will never acknowledge much less remember; and that is an epic tragedy in and of itself. The truth is that Republicans desperately want Americans to forget 911, the reason it occurred, and the Bush administration’s carefully planned disastrous response.

First, if the Bush brain trust had heeded the warnings from intelligence sources that terrorists were within days of launching an extremely deadly attack on American soil, there may not be any significance whatsoever to 911. Conspiracy theories aside, a competent administration would have instituted heightened security measures at airports after warnings of credible threats to the nation’s security from terrorists intent on hijacking American passenger jets. Second, since it was revealed fairly soon after the terror attacks that it was primarily Saudi terrorists who carried out the attacks, it put every aspect of the Bush administration response in question for targeting the wrong people and invading two innocent sovereign nations.

It is important to remember that the Taliban, or Afghani people, did not launch attacks on American soil any more than Saddam Hussein or the Iraqi people did. It was an Islamic extremist terror group led by Osama bin Laden; a Saudi. Still, the Bush administration took advantage of the American people’s fear, sadness, and anger to launch an invasion on innocent Afghanis that has lasted 13 years…and counting. It is also important to remember how America finally brought bin Laden to justice, and it was not because America invaded Afghanistan or Iraq; it was accomplished by a relatively small team of highly-trained soldiers working off of credible and verified intelligence sources. No American lives were lost and bin Laden was killed.

Each year since the terror attacks on 911, the nation remembers the 3000-plus American lives lost, but few, if any, Americans think about the many, many hundreds-of-thousands of innocent Muslim lives Bush’s incompetence wasted; including thousands of America’s brave fighting men and women sent to fight, die, or be disabled while invading and waging war against innocent Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan. In fact, innocent Iraqis (and Syrians) are still dying due to Bush’s invasion of Iraq that spawned the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, or ISIL) and likely many thousands more will die, including Americans, due to the Iraq war; a war Republicans seem overly anxious to reengage American troops in into perpetuity if Dick Cheney, John McCain, and the rest of the Republican warmongers have their way.

However, as terrible as the loss of countless hundreds-of-thousands of lives due to the Bush administration’s incompetent response to 911 is, and it is incredibly horrific, this nation and its people are suffering greatly from the financial costs. There is a world of attention given to the damning effect of Bush’s unfunded tax cuts for the rich on the national debt that are still being paid for with borrowed money and are still accruing interest. However, whatever the final cost of giving the rich more money that was borrowed from China and the Social Security Trust pales in comparison to the trillions and trillions the nation will pay for an incompetent administration’s response to 911.

Most Americans are unaware that throughout the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the Bush warmongers conveniently “forgot” to include the costs of the unfunded wars in the nation’s budget. Most Americans are also unaware that this nation is still paying for the Viet Nam war and will continue paying until the last brave Viet Nam Veteran passes away. One would think Republican warmongers would have been smart enough to understand that besides the horrific cost in American lives, there is a terrible financial price to pay for going to war in a foreign nation that posed no threat to this country. But, no-one will ever accuse the Bush administration of being smart. Not only will America continue paying for the actual cost of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for decades including  the interest on the borrowed money to fund it, experts predict the cost of caring for America’s brave Veterans will eclipse at least a few trillion dollars over the next generation.

Those direct financial costs were, and are, devastating to Americans in and of themselves, but the devastation from budget cuts to reduce the deficit Bush’s folly blew up has had a profound economic effect on the nation and is most likely to last over the next decade. However, by then the nation will begin feeling the economic effect of the cost to care for Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans many economists warn will be the undoing of America’s economy.

Americans should give attention to, and remember, the devastating terror attack on 911, but they will likely focus their attention on the lives lost on that one fateful day and that is exactly what Republicans hope they focus on. They know Americans are not deep thinkers, if they think at all, and nothing will please Republicans more than for the people to remember the day Muslims attacked America and killed over three-thousand innocent civilians. However, they want Americans to forget 911 and the long-lasting and ongoing damage an incompetent Republican administration inflicted on America, Iraq, Afghanistan, America’s military, and the economy.

Besides hoping Americans forget that Bush used 911 to wage two completely unnecessary wars of aggression that killed hundreds-of-thousands of innocent Muslims as well as thousands of brave American troops, they want Americans to forget that they will continue paying for those wars with devastating budget cuts to rein in the nation’s long-term debt. A debt that will continue growing because an incompetent Republican administration responded to small terror group’s criminal act with two wars that eclipse the damage from 911 by several orders of magnitude. Americans must never forget 911, because it is the anniversary of day Republicans demonstrated precisely why they should never be given the reins of power again.

20 Replies to “Why Republicans Want America To Forget 9/11”

  1. Because of Republican/Conservative Ignorance, and the greed of Dick Cheney ,KBR Haliburton and the gullibility of the Christian Right war mongering populace.

  2. Unfortunately, it is far too easy to whip people up into a patriotic frenzy, and Republicans are masters at stirring the patriotic pot. The ability of Republicans to lie, distort and redirect blame is the reason the founders of America made this a representative democracy.

    The founding fathers knew that the masses would be too easily swayed by demagogues like the modern-day Republican elite. Unfortunately, many of the founders safeguards have been breached and Republicans, with corporate backing, are able to stifle the free press, and air their propaganda with little to no opposition.

  3. I wonder what is in the 28 pages that were redacted.
    The Twenty-Eight Pages
    “Those twenty-eight pages tell a story that has been completely removed from the 9/11 Report,” Lynch maintains. Another congressman who has read the document said that the evidence of Saudi government support for the 9/11 hijacking is “very disturbing,” and that “the real question is whether it was sanctioned at the royal-family level or beneath that, and whether these leads were followed through.”
    http://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/twenty-eight-pages

  4. If Americans trust the GOP to keep them safe, why do Republicans want to forget 9/11? I understand that deep down, Republicans know this was an epic fail on their part, but at the same time, if polling is accurate, Americans trust them to keep us safe

    That’s a mixed message if ever there was one.

  5. I am hesitant to share because of the title. I think, too, you miss the biggest point: American obsession with 9/11 has enabled the RW to create a common enemy in “all things Muslim”. The paranoia that exists to this day allowed the Patriot Act to run roughshod over freedoms and has been the definer in almost every decision made since, including armored police forces. This paranoia is what enables ISIL, making them appear much bigger and dangerous than they are, it has forced us into yet another “war”.

  6. The thing is “keep us safe from what?”. The RW perpetuates a massive boogeyman in all-things-Muslim. It’s created a perfect cycle of paranoia that seemingly justifies everything.

  7. Our GOP has not missed a beat, always misleading or telling flat out lies. I live in the United stated of America and we are the sol reason for the mess in middle east. This my option and might be wrong but that’s how i feel. I am a american but not to proud of that lately

  8. what about the biggest lie of all?…which all parties agree to. terrorists did not destroy those buildings and we can’t be sure they even flew into the buildings.

  9. I have just been watching the Senator’s speeches on the crisis in Iraqi and the most of the middle east, on C-Span. McCain, and Graham are steady bad mouthing our President and the intelligence of the American People. These guys are international airways giving out horrible misinformation, and stirring the pot of “hate” to all who want to hear.

    McCain, called our President “feckless”; and Graham said he is “being asked, by his constituents all the time why do these ‘terrorist’ hate US and want to do us harm??’, His answer…’I just don’t know why!” – C-Span.org 9/11/2014 Senate Speeches.

    Please tell them that their right to free speech is a privilege of our freedom, but should not be used to cause more harm to Our Country.

    For the life of me I cannot understand why THESE IDIOTS ARE GIVEN A MICROPHONE, or why they cannot see the harm they are feeding fuel to the FIRE.

  10. Anything to distract from the truth of the sacred lord almighty George W Bush’s incompetence, negligence, and/or intentional allowing 9/11 to happen because of the corporate scandals that was threatening his illegal regime, and threatening impeachment, and removal from office. But I guess for the white right wing extremists that was totally ok.

  11. Aftet the Berlin Wall came down, communists were no longer a good boogeman. The right turned its hatred on feminists, women seeking abortion, and “welfare queens”. At one point , the right was audacious enough to claim that battered women’s shelters were “contributing to the breakdown of the American family.” Too many prominent Republicans, especially women, opposed domestic violence for that propanda to succeed.

    The AIDS crisis rescued the right, making gays a universally despised boogeyman. Prominent gays going public challenging RW myths and homophobia.

    9/11 was mana from heaven. Muslims are the perfect target for conservative hate! Many African American leaders, like Malcolm X, also happen to embrace Islam. 9/11 gave the right an excuse to hate. Ginning up popular fear makes the public much more amenable to embracing racial stereotypes. (For example, many cons believe Islam encourages pedophilia.)

  12. “All parties agree to”??? Where did you get THAT piece of disinformation? I wouldn’t bet the farm on that.

  13. There is an old aphorism, attributed to Dr. Theodore Woodward, Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He used to tell his interns:

    “When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras”.

    Occams razor also says: “the simplest answer is often the one most correct.

    My point is: Pursue the horses, forget chasing zebras. There are plenty of instances where government corruption is REAL & PROVABLE. Concentrate on those things you CAN change.

    There is nothing that the corrupt love more than conspiracies! They tie up well meaning people in spinning their wheels pursuing preposterous ideas they will NEVER be able to prove.

    Sorry Jeff – I SAW the PLANES hit the Towers. Not holograms – PLANES. Not ZEBRAS: HORSES.

  14. This article strikes me as irresponsible and sensationalist if one reads it objectively. By this exact same logic one could mercilessly deride the FDR administration for “ignoring” various “intelligence and reports” about the Pearl Harbor attacks, as there was a comparatively similar amount of credible intelligence warning about impending action in 1941 and 2001 (given that there is so much white noise in today’s intelligence world as compared to the 1940s). Rather, it seems only logical to acknowledge each tragedy as an essentially novel form of violence. Each involved actions for which a nation could not truly be prepared to defend itself against because there had not before been this exact form of terror act. For instance, see Richard Reed, the shoe bomber. Although vigilance was at an all-time high, it was not generally thought it necessary inspect shoes for explosives until his specific act. I comment to implore objectivity in analysis, for this is the only way to remain cred…

  15. Except its only rumor that FDR knew about Pearl Harbor. With Bush its in Black and White. That is irresponsible

    There is objectivity, which is certainly good, and there are facts.

  16. i don’t dispute planes hitting the buildings. i don’t believe that is what caused them to disintegrate into dust and liquid metal. those buildings were clearly demolished with explosives. this fact is obvious without singling out building seven. who carried out the demolition?…i have no idea.

  17. There is exactly zero evidence of that. Zero. And it would have taken months for anyone to put the explosives in. Both pancaked down, Please take your wild eyed southern boy conspiracy elsewhere

  18. 9/11 Doesn’t Want to Always Be Your Excuse 9/11 was sitting in her apartment in the early evening yesterday when there was a knock on the door. Just home from a day at the office, she had only five minutes ago taken off her shoes and was getting ready for a long evening finally catching up on Orange Is the New Black and downing leftover Chinese food and drinking a decent Pinot. She sighed and went to the door. When she looked through the peephole, her heart sunk. Men in suits. They had come to get her, she knew. – See more at: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/?tw_p=twt#sthash.OJ0eTESo.dpuf

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