Posts tagged ‘9/11’

November 13, 2015

‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’

by thoughtfulconservative

‘The Attacks Will Be Spectacular’

This article caught my eye in my news feed today. After today’s tragic attacks in France, it seems even more apropos to look at it.

Of course, the conventional wisdom is to blame George W. Bush and his administration for not heeding advance warnings of the 9/11 attacks.

They may be right. Hindsight is 20/20, after all.

But I just wonder…

In the face of determined terrorists what can be done.

Here is the headline from @Slate: France Was Already on High Alert Before Friday’s Attack

I certainly don’t have all the answers, maybe not even a couple. But if this latest attack was pulled off with the French on high alert, I tend to be a little easier on the Bush administration for ignoring intelligence that an attack was going to happen without any hard intelligence on what was going to happen.

What exactly could have been done? The terrorists were already here. No flags were raised. Taking the attack to Al Qaeda sooner would have helped how?

There were other interesting notes in the article. Like enhanced interrogation techniques. Worth the read even if you disagree with what they write.

January 13, 2010

Middle East diplomacy

by thoughtfulconservative

OK, this is not meant to be exhaustive, but just some thoughts that have run through my mind over the years. It seems to me, the United States has been reactive rather than proactive in dealing with situations in the Middle East. Some falls under the law of unintended consequences.

Anti-communism drove much of our policy in the Middle East until Communism fell in Russia, but the results linger into the present.

Because of his proximity to the former USSR, we propped up the Shah of Iran, breeding unrest in the country that eventually caused the overthrow and the taking of the Americans hostages. Our poor relationship with Iran caused us to to back Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq conflict. That more than likely led Saddam to think that he could invade Kuwait and we would look the other way.

The US support for Israel, meanwhile, has caused problems all with the rest of the Arab world.

We backed Pakistan and India went to the Soviet side. India has the (slightly) more stable government.

When the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, we backed the Taliban, only to have to fight them after 9/11.

Anyone seeing a pattern here?

Any way just my view of things.

September 11, 2009

Honoring 9/11 victims

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE: For the 10th anniversary, I gave the men their own post. You can find Scott’s here and George’s here.

Today is the 8th anniversary of that tragic day. As I thought of making my comeback to blogging, I thought no greater post could I make than to once again honor those who perished that day. So I’m not starting with politics. As I did 3 years ago, I gave my blog a simpler theme and limited it to showing one post.

First, I honor Scott Hazelcorn, an employee at Cantor Fitzgerald. Here’s what I posted last year.

“…Hazelcorn, 29, was a trader of long-term treasury bonds at Cantor Fitzgerald; his girlfriend, Amy Callahan, was a special-education teacher. The pair had plans for a summer camp for needy kids. Scott often told his parents that he wanted to buy an ice cream truck, so he could hear the squeals of children all day.”

This year, I also asked to remember someone else so I could learn about them. The name I received was George A. Llanes. George worked for Carr Futures on the 92nd floor of World Trade Center North tower. A poignant post by his step dad can be found here.

Google books has part of the book Portraits of 9/11 which starts off with,

George Llanes was a sensitive, studious child, the kind that classmates often teased.

George was an only child and didn’t move out of his parents house until he was nearly 34, shortly before his death, because he had started smoking and he wanted to get a dog, both of which would give his mother allergy attacks.

It appears that George was a funny guy cracking jokes and making people laugh. Y146236portou can read tributes to him here.

He was also a poet. He had given his mother a bound copy of his poems and when they cleaned out his apartment after his death, they found poems everywhere.

It was Mr. Llanes devotion to his dog, that led to his death. The dog,

a pug named Mae Mae, persuaded him to rejigger his work schedule. He switched to a schedule of 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. from an ordinary one of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., despite a lifelong aversion to getting up early.

Had he been on his normal schedule, George would have not yet been at work on that fateful morning.

Two men. One sunny and outgoing. The other, a shy poet. Both dead much too early.

This day is Scott’s and George’s.

Project 2996 is the driving force behind these tributes. Here is their Facebook page. If you’re on Facebook, become a fan. If you have a blog, post a tribute. If you don’t, you can still honor a victim.