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Talk show day is upon us again. This week is, unsurprisingly, all about September 11, 2001…well, except for Bloomberg’s Political Capital. According to Politico, here’s the lineup for this week:
Meet the Press (NBC) — Special coverage of the anniversary.
This Week (ABC) — Broadcast from Ground Zero.
Face the Nation (CBS) — Also broadcasting from Ground Zero, with interviews of White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the former mayor, Rudy Giuliani.
State of the Union (CNN) — Broacasting live from…you guessed it…Ground Zero, with Vice President Joe Biden, former Bush White House chief of staff Andrew Card, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, and Rumsfeld.
Fox News Sunday — Brennan, Rumsfeld and Giuliani appear here with Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT); and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI).
Newsmakers (CSPAN) — This show is preëmpted this week by CSPAN’s special coverage of the anniversary.
Political Capital (Bloomberg TV) — This is the only show not covering the story of the day. Instead, Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) will talk about the congressional supercommittee charged with finding at least $1.2 trillion in deficit-reduction measures.
Editor’s Note: Logarchism occasionally features guest articles by our loyal readers. Here, Armchair Warlord provides his take on the meaning of the September 11 attacks.
It was very hard for me to write this article. My generation has, for better or worse, become inured to the massive tragedies that have played out across the world’s television screens on a yearly basis for our entire adult lives. The terror attacks on September 11 were one of many horrors of recent years — prominent but, with the last ten years’ of perspective, by no means unique. There have been many terror attacks since then, some of them almost as deadly. There have been natural disasters that have laid waste to entire regions of the world. After a while you learn to absorb the shock as a survival mechanism. But when your reaction to catastrophe is to grit your teeth and carry on, it makes it hard to write something stirring and eloquent.
The date has a special place in our consciousness, though. (more…)
We’ve had a busy week.
Here at Logarchism, we had retrospectives considering the decade since the attacks of September 11. On Wednesday, the Republicans had a presidential debate: Rick Perry had his coming-out party. Huge areas of the northeast have flooded from Hurricane Irene. Texas has enormous fires, for which Governor Perry sacrificed his principles and asked for federal aid — from FEMA no less. The NFL had its season opener. President Obama gave a major speech before a joint session of Congress, proposing the American Jobs Act. He went big, and gave a barnburner of a speech. NASA announced that we’re on the verge of an astronaut shortage. NASA also released some stunning new photos of the Apollo landing sites. Homeland Security has an elevated concern for New York and Washington, in light of the upcoming tenth anniversary of September 11, saying there is a “specific, credible” threat.
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- Warning About Possible Sept. 11 Attack in the U.S. (israelnationalnews.com)
- Terror threat called ‘credible’ for 9⁄11 anniversary (msnbc.msn.com)
- Sept. 11 anniversary: Images from the aftermath (PHOTOS). (slate.com)
- Feds: Possible terror threat for NY, D.C. (cbsnews.com)
This is the third article in a series this week on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
It is almost 10 AM Eastern time on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.
Two planes have been deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center. American flight 11 out of Boston strikes the North Tower at 8:45 AM. With the whole world transfixed by the drama in New York, wondering if this is a horrible accident or a deliberate act, the definitive answer is not long in arriving. United flight 175, also out of Boston, strikes the South Tower at 9:03 AM. American flight 77 strikes the Pentagon at 9:43 AM.
Jeremy Glick, a passenger aboard doomed United 93, has called his wife, Lyz. She is staying with her parents in upstate New York. State Police are on another line with Jeremy’s mother-in-law: Does he know where the plane is headed? He’s not sure, but he thinks they’ve changed direction. In fact, the plane is headed to the District of Columbia. To this day, no one knows which building was the terrorists’ intended target.
Lyz relates to Jeremy the scene on her parents’ TV, the twin towers on fire, soon to collapse.
As so many did, facing down death that day, his message to his wife is one of agape love, of affirmation and strength.
Lyz: You need to be strong.
Jeremy: I need you to be happy, and I will respect any decisions that you make.
Then he tells her something that is not often reported, that didn’t make it into the movie, that we as Americans don’t talk about, but we should. (more…)
This is the second article in a series this week on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
In the 1990s, I was a road warrior. I spent as much time in airports and on airplanes as I did pretty much anything else during my working hours. And I carried a Swiss Army knife in my carry-on bag, along with my laptop, because it’s a very handy tool for the random things that life throws you.
That, along with many other things, changed on September 11, 2001.
Today, no knives of any kind (even butter knives). We are restricted from carrying most liquids and gels. We take our shoes off and have those scanned. We are subjected to body scans that are an affront to our modesty and may well be carcinogenic. We wait in longer security lines at the airports. We are denied boarding if our names are too similar to those who are believed to wish ill on our nation. And we’re told that all of this makes us safer.
But are we appreciably safer with all of these changes?
This is the first article in a series this week on the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
“I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking…”
“What’s the sense of sending $2 million missiles to hit a $10 tent that’s empty?”
— George W. Bush, private Oval Office meeting, September 13, 2001
Albert Einstein, that great thinker and physicist, needs to be paraphrased. September 11, 2001, changed nothing, except our way of thinking. But the way we view the world, that changed everything. (more…)