September 11th, 2007

Tuesday Afternoon, 9/11


For the first time the anniversary falls on a Tuesday.

Tuesday six years ago was a crisp, clear day in New York. Today the pall of Mordor has issued forth, oppressing the city, and one daydreams of the Shire.


It seems that September 11 has supplanted July 4 as our national day.

What then has supplanted the Declaration of Independence?

The Patriot Act?


Has the country been born again?

What does its future look like, when the hearts & minds stray from the day the Declaration was signed to embrace a martial defeat that breeds ever more momentous defeats?

The remainder of this rather lengthy piece, enhanced with many a curious link, has been filed elsewhere click here to read.

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  1. Peter says:

    Hello, Bill.

    A great screed. Sadly, most of it is true.

    Come out to Long Island sometime.

    September 28th, 2007 at 2:29 pm

  2. Oarwell says:

    Incredibly cogent, laser-precise hyperpamphlet. Well done.

    What becomes of us once Cassandra is believed, exhaustively documented, but no one cares?

    The Wasteland. April is the cruelest month.

    February 10th, 2008 at 11:13 am

  3. Drew says:

    Re-reading this over a half-year since it was published, I am again impressed by its deftly spun historical kaleidoscope. A book’s worth of ideas, relentlessly annotated and framed with courage, ruefulness and poetry.

    March 19th, 2008 at 12:09 am

  4. ed says:

    Huge leak — to Wikileaks — of US military files on torture, murder, etc in Iraq during our campaign of liberation.

    October 22nd, 2010 at 7:38 pm

  5. ed says:

    The Times index page for the Iraq war logs

    October 23rd, 2010 at 9:44 am

  6. ed says:

    Re George Tenet’s “slam dunk” re Iraqi WMD, he spoke for the first time in public about this in 2007:;lst;7

    Insists that Woodward’s report of “slam dunk” (in PLAN OF ATTACK) is wildly exaggerated and that his comment had little or nothing to do with motivating Cheney & co into war.

    Rather: White House threw that bone (ie threw Tenet) to Woodward postwar as PR damage control

    Concludes by declaring himself “an honest man.”

    January 17th, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  7. ed says:

    Here are the two halves of the full Tenet 60 MINUTES interview from 2007, when his book was published.

    Part One

    Part Two

    Not an unsympathetic figure. I must read his book.

    Best guess based on his discussion re the Iraq war: Sayonim within CIA analysis, in sync (if not cahoots) with the likes of Perle and Wolfowitz, manufactured the Iraq WMD myth that their boss Tenet cannot in any way explain — parallel to the myth-making within the Pentagon (eg Chelabi) by the Shulsky, Feith & co.

    January 17th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  8. ed says:

    It’s important that he reports that he had an emergency meeting with Rice in JULY 2001, telling her attacks were imminent and that action in Afghanistan was needed immediately to address them.

    Rice, he says, passed the word DOWN the ladder, to “third-level” NSC staffers, instead of up to teh Prez.

    The CIA then reacted to Rice’s lack of action with the famous President’s Daily Briefing — headlining Al Qaeda intent to attack in the US — on August 6.

    January 17th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

  9. ed says:

    A current chat re The Fictional Basis of the War on Terror:

    Six parts there on You Tube

    January 17th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

  10. ed says:

    Another important angle on the genesis of the Iraq war has been expressed by whistleblower Susan Lindauer.

    Her book is EXTREME PREJUDICE.

    January 17th, 2011 at 5:22 pm

  11. ed says:

    Tony Blair returns to testify for another four hours before the british commission investigating the UK’s participation in the iraq war

    the commish das been in session 18 months

    in washington?

    January 21st, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  12. ed says:

    It’s official. The Army of God will head the next government of Lebanon.

    Congratulations Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz and Doug Feith ! You guys really know how to kick ass and take names !

    January 24th, 2011 at 6:03 pm

  13. ed says:

    Re the main piece’s capsulation of Lincoln’s thoughts and feelings about slavery — from his letter to old friend Joshua Speed of Aug 24, 1855:

    I am not a Know-Nothing [a political persuasion and quasi-party of the day, akin to the KKK]; that is certain. How can anyone who abhors the oppression of Negroes be in favor of degrading classes of white people?

    Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation we began by declaring that “all men are created equal.” We now practically read it “all men are created equal, except Negroes.” When the Know-Nothings get control, it will read, “all men are created equal, except Negroes and foreigners and Catholics.”

    When it comes to this, I shall prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty — to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy.

    March 23rd, 2011 at 1:16 pm

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