Morning Report 9/11/05Hapless Anniversary


After bin Laden attacked, Bush has done nothing but bomb

Hard to imagine that people selling commemorative T-shirts after the 9/11 attack on New York City were condemned for making money off misery.

Four years later, it’s clear that the only thing the Bush krewe does well is make money off misery.

Former FEMA director Joe Allbaugh is peddling his fat ass, and that of Halliburton’s, down in New Orleans. Current FEMA director Mike Brown is somewhere in D.C., where he’s unlikely to do any more damage.

However, no matter how much George W. Bush and his handlers want to make 9/11 their holy day — to prop up their lucrative war of terror — they can’t have it.

At this moment, the regime is holding a tightly controlled “America Supports You Freedom Walk” down in the D.C. area. Forget the bullshit coming from the Bush regime. Instead, listen to what the survivors of 9/11 victims have to say. As Johanna Neuman of the Los Angeles Times reports this morning:

Some families of those who died in the terrorist attacks were outraged that the Pentagon paired the anniversary with a tribute to the military.

“How about telling Mr. Rumsfeld to leave the memories of Sept. 11 victims to the families?” said Monica Gabrielle, who lost her husband in the World Trade Center. “Stop connecting 9/11 and Iraq. The only real connection is that these innocent men and women were sent to Iraq on a folly based on lies using the victims of 9/11 — including my husband — as an excuse. Instead of a Freedom Walk, how about a Truth Walk? I think it’s about time.”

Sorry, but that’s not on Bush’s schedule. On Friday, he greeted and hugged all sorts of 9/11 rescue workers, families, friends, and hangers-on at the “Medal of Valor Award Ceremony” on the South Lawn of the White House.

So what? Last December, Bush pinned the “Medal of Freedom” on Jerry Bremer, one of the main architects of our Iraq debacle.

Four years ago, it was Rudy Giuliani who calmed us all down. Bush didn’t do shit back then, and he’s not doing shit right now in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

My question to him on this sad anniversary: Where is Osama bin Laden?

A follow-up: Why did you divert troops and resources from that hunt so you could invade Iraq, which wasn’t responsible for 9/11, and turn it into Terrorist Central?

At least Bush is staying out of New York City today. Four years after the 9/11 tragedy, the Bush regime is just about as rotten, decayed, and bloated as the corpses belatedly being hauled out of St. Rita’s Nursing Home down in New Orleans.

We’re halfway through the Zero Decade. What a disaster.

Not only did we abandon the hunt for bin Laden, but we then bombed much of Iraq into rubble and are using our Corps of Engineers to rebuild it. That’s the same Corps of Engineers that was refused money to shore up New Orleans.

Bush still hasn’t stepped foot in New Orleans. He froze on Hurricane Katrina the way he froze on 9/11. But the truth may be worse. It’s more likely that he’s just irrelevant, always has been. He’s only in the loop when they need a front man.

Still, Bush is a player. After all, he is the president, the handsome face on an ugly administration. And his words from August 5, 2004, as he was signing a Pentagon spending bill, no longer astonish. In fact, they’re more and more true. Here’s what he said:

Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 11, 2005

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