There are two great truths about 911 that are constantly ignored. The fact that they are ignored by the corporate media is expected. But the fact that they are ignored by progressives and Democrats is perhaps testimony to the extent to which that corporate media determines what we're allowed to discuss and even what we see as real or not. In other words, it's only real if it's on teevee.
This is unfortunate.
So let me take this opportunity on the 10th anniversary to state the fucking obvious and set the record straight.
Great Truth #2: Rudy Gulliani is not a fucking hero. He's a little scumbag opportunist who killed a bunch of firemen and volunteer workers by failing to protect them from what everyone with a brain stem knew was toxic dust.
Here's my 911 story: I'm watching this insanity on teevee and I see the dust cloud and think, these people heed masks. Immediately. Is it because I'm a super-genius? No, it's because I have a brain stem. Even Dick Cheney has a brain stem.
Great Truth #1: The Republicans FAILED to protect our country. 911 COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED, and they were too stupid and incompetant, as usual, to stop it.
We just found out the other day that the fighter jets stationed near DC tasked with protecting our nations capital were unarmed - they had no weapons loaded. The pilots took off with the intention of having to crash their jets into an American airliner to protect the Capital because they had no missiles.
The Republicans, and specifically the little twirp George who swaggered around afterwords like he was John Wayne, were and are weak on national security. They had their chance and failed.
When you think about our fighter jets being disarmed on 911, remember the testimony of Richard Clarke: The system was blinking red. They had a flood of warning coming in that an attack was imminent AND that it would probably involve commercial aircraft.
The Republicans did nothing to protect our country. They allowed our skyline to be alted and the deaths of thousands of people on their watch. Then they tried and succeeded to exploit their own failure to seize power and launch an insane campaign of death and destruction.
How did they get away with this atrocity? Because the leaders of our party, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Tom Dashcle, just to name a few, were too pathetic and cowardly to tell the truth.