9/11 Plus 17 Years

It doesn’t seem that long ago, does it? On the other hand, one of the youngsters I work with is 23…and, so, was 6 when it happened. At most, there is some vague memories in there, but no real remembrance of what it was.

Such is the course of human life – most things are forgotten. Simply overtaken by later events. And think of all that has gone on since then. It has been a crowded bunch of years.

What is sad is how the patriotism and determination of 9/12 is now gone, completely. That was rather cynically destroyed by the Democrats starting in 2003 when they realized that their only chance of beating Bush in 2004 was to make the post-9/11 fight politically unpopular. They managed the trick, but not in time to prevent Bush’s re-election. But make no mistake about it, the reason we got Obama is because of years of relentless hatred directed against Bush until he, and the whole GOP, seemed odious. Democrats are trying this trick, again, and this time from a higher pitch of toxicity than the post-9/11 baseline. But there is one, gigantic difference: Trump is punching back. Hard.

But, that aside, there is still the unfinished business of 9/11 – namely, how to make certain that no Islamists will ever want to attack us like that, again? We’ve hit the Islamist enemy very hard in the past 17 years. Make no mistake about it: openly and in secret, US forces have made life rather a living hell for the Jihadists. But as long as they aren’t destroyed – and their prime sponsors remain relatively untouched – this war will go on, and, eventually, they’ll try something even more spectacular than 9/11. As I said way back then, unless we go to the source of the problem (you know, like in Iran and such), we’ll never finish the fight. It is the old story written again and again: if you give your enemy a sanctuary which you won’t attack, then you are handing him eventual victory.

Still, say a prayer for those who died, and for those who still hurt from the loss – and, of course, for our military members who still have to fight the war. It is good to remember, for as long as we can, after all.

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14 thoughts on “9/11 Plus 17 Years

  1. Mark Moser September 11, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    God bless the United States of America. Freedom’s beacon! MAGA!

  2. Cluster September 12, 2018 / 7:19 am

    We are engaged with a domestic enemy who are becoming more unhinged by the day:

    CASTRO VALLEY (CBS SF) – A man was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges after allegedly attempting to stab a Republican congressional candidate with a switchblade over the weekend at in Castro Valley, according to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office……..Deputies arrived at the booth and made contact with the victim, Republican candidate Rudy Peters, who is running against incumbent Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) for the 15th congressional district seat

    Eric Swalwell is one of the most outspoken opponents against Republicans, labeling them racist and xenophobic at every opportunity. Don’t expect this to be covered by the media, which is just another contribution in kind to Democrats and if the Dems take back the House, things could get a ugly. I don’t consider Democrats to be just a political opponent any more. I consider them to be a real and credible threat to our country and the American way of life.

    https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/09/11/man-assaults-republican-congressional-candidate-switchblade-castro-valley/

    • Cluster September 12, 2018 / 7:25 am

      And then there’s this:

      Last week, PJ Media contributor and Fox News guest Denise McAllister sent out a powerful tweet denouncing the abortion movement. Little did she know, days later she would be in hiding, scared for her life. When she went public about receiving death and rape threats, pro-abortion Twitter users championed the threats against her.

      https://pjmedia.com/trending/threats-of-rape-and-strangling-force-d-c-mcallister-into-hiding-after-anti-abortion-tweet/

    • Retired Spook September 12, 2018 / 10:10 am

      The far Left, through multiple generations, is so used to Conservatives not fighting back, I think they’re confident that they can continue to push the envelope into infinity without any repercussions. At some point they’re in for a rude awakening. I mentioned this in an email to several conservative friends the other day — we all have a line in our mind beyond which the Left proceeds at great personal risk. Since we haven’t declared open season on Leftists yet, I’d say they haven’t crossed it yet, but they’re at the point where every step increases their risk exponentially.

      • Retired Spook September 12, 2018 / 10:49 am

        In fact, I’d go a step farther and say that of all the things the Left hates about Trump, fighting back is at or near the top of the list.

      • Cluster September 12, 2018 / 12:01 pm

        Agreed ….. I think they are VERY close to inciting something that WILL regret ……

  3. Cluster September 12, 2018 / 8:49 am

    This is a must read:

    In 2014, Chief Executive magazine quoted CEO comments like “California goes out of its way to be anti-business,” “California continues to lead in disincentives for growth businesses to stay,” and “The regulatory, tax and political environment are crushing.” California’s reputation as the worst state to do business has a lot to do with its high tax rates. In addition to having the highest state income tax in the nation, it has the highest sales tax rate, the 9th highest corporate income tax rate, one of the highest property tax rates and the highest gasoline tax rate. Yet, with a shortfall of $612 billion when future pensions, bond repayments and other debts are added to the budget shortfall, the state is drowning in debt, more than twice as much debt as any other state. In addition, the cost of living is 36% higher than the national rate, and, at 23.4%, California has the highest poverty rate in the nation, according to former California Assemblyman Steve Baldwin.

    Read more: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2018/09/the_once_golden_state_is_badly_tarnished.html#ixzz5QtK2VqnQ

  4. Cluster September 12, 2018 / 12:55 pm

    I take back every derogatory thing I have ever said about Mitch McConnell …… I am beginning to think that this guy is just a quiet genius ….. and conservative to the core. Go Mitch.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is “screwing” over his Democratic colleagues by keeping them in session this October and therefore keeping them off the campaign trail, according to Politico’s Burgess Everett.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2018/09/12/politico-mcconnell-screws-dems-by-keeping-them-at-work-n2518199

    • M. Noonan September 12, 2018 / 1:09 pm

      Been saying for a while that Cocaine Mitch is Trump’s best ally on the Hill.

      McConnell is a Party Man – his life, his work, is to advance the Republican Party. Right now, the most effective thing he can do for the GOP is to keep confirming Trump judges and mess with the Democrats while doing so.

  5. jdge1 September 12, 2018 / 2:26 pm

    I’m not sure McConnell is all that conservative or should stay in his leadership position but likely sees the writing on the wall. Only if he backs Trump and the President’s agenda is there any chance for a sense of cohesion in the Republican party or right of center politicians, and by default, their ability to stay in power. There seems to have been times where McConnell has worked hard to undermine certain conservative political nominees while backing other more establishment type Republicans, even if they don’t align with Trump’s visions. Though it is always fun to see him mess with the left.

    https://thefederalist.com/2017/10/18/mitch-mcconnells-case-for-controlling-republican-nominees-is-disingenuous

    • M. Noonan September 12, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Once again, his loyalty is to the Party, not to any particular person. He also has debts to pay – which means he’ll ask Trump to appoint this or that person who may not be who we’d prefer, but it is the payoff for getting a squish or two on the GOP side to go along with, say, a dozen solid Trump picks.

  6. Cluster September 13, 2018 / 8:10 am

    The self righteous, morally selective progressive women’s brigade is at it again ……….

  7. Cluster September 13, 2018 / 8:17 am

    I don’t understand this:

    Newly released federal estimates show California’s poverty rate remained the highest in the nation, despite a modest fall, and the state’s falling uninsured rate slowed for the first time since before Medicaid expansion.

    Why doesn’t the State of California just give everyone a $75K yearly salary and medicare for all? I mean we can figure out how to pay for it later.

    https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/health-and-medicine/article218270905.html

    /sarc

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