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September 12, 2008


Since 9-11-01

"I am not convinced that we're winning it in Afghanistan. I'm convinced we can,"
-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen

Last week we remembered those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001 and we reflected on just what has occurred in the aftermath of their deaths. Just what have we done in the past seven years to make sure that events like the terrorist attacks of 911 never happen again?

In order to answer that question one would have to examine all which our federal government, led by the George W. Bush and his administration, have done since then. The first thing they that the Bush administration, and those who are in the Bush camp, will tell us all is that we haven't had an attack on US soil since 9-11-2001. While an attack on the US hasn't occurred since that date it isn't like the terrorists haven't been busy. If our allies in England and Spain were to be asked that very same question, surely their answer wouldn't be, "Well, at least the US wasn't attacked again."

President Bush's initial answer to the 9-11 attacks was the right answer. We knew that the terrorists were using Afghanistan as their base of operation so we had no choice but to invade that nation and remove its leaders who were supportive of al-Qaeda and Osama bin-Laden. But the invasion turned out to be all we actually accomplished there. Since then, the deposed Taliban leaders have returned and are in control in many parts of that nation again.

And if the re-emergence of the Taliban into Afghanistan wasn't enough, Osama bin-Laden the leader of al-Qaeda, is still on the loose. To those who use fear and anxiety as control factors - and they include President Bush and John McCain - having bin-Laden and al-Qaeda free is very good news indeed. With the "boogie-man" out there threatening America there is no relaxing and getting that feeling of normalcy back. Bush used terror as a means to keep the American people in line and gain a second term in office while McCain uses it as a tool in his election campaign. More than once McCain has said things such as, "I can keep you safe and they - the Democrats and Barack Obama - can't"

Since 9-11-01 we have invaded Iraq. First it was because we were told that they were involved in 9-11. We knew that not one of the nineteen hijackers were from Iraq then and we still know it today, yet, somehow, about seventy percent of our troops at the beginning of the Iraq war, and more than half of those in the US believed that Saddam Hussein was involved in the terrorist plot. It certainly helped that the Bush administration, led by the efforts of Vice President Dick Cheney, kept telling us all that he did.

Then when it became clear that the Bushies couldn't keep claiming Iraq's involvement, they manufactured "proof" of Hussein's attempt at obtaining yellow cake uranium to make a nuclear device. The Bushies claimed that Hussein was evil and had to go. After Hussein was gone, our involvement in Iraq turned into a mess which required us to stay there indefinitely.

And while we stay in Iraq, for the various reasons, we lost sight of Afghanistan. It became a mess, no matter what some on the Right have been trying to tell us. Certainly by now we're all familiar with Afghanistan being declared a success by some in the Republican Party. Even GOP Presidential Candidate John McCain got into the act:

"there were many people who predicted that Afghanistan would not be a success. So far, it's a remarkable success,"
“Afghanistan, we don’t read about anymore, because it’s succeeded,"
“the facts on the ground are we went to Afghanistan and we prevailed there,"

McCain has since changed his mind. I guess there was no way to hide the real truth.

What have we done since 9-11-01? We have given the "haves and have mores" even more; we have nearly bankrupted the US middle class; we have helped record numbers of US citizens lose their homes, jobs and health care insurance; and we have ruined our economy.

What we haven't done is capture Osama bin-Laden; stopped the fear of terror; nor have we made our children's futures safe, prosperous or certain.

-Noah Greenberg

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