Disney / ABC deserve credit-Sept. 11th ABC movie
September 18, 2006 It is rare, rare indeed when a major media
entity bucks the trend, and does what it believes in. Recently ABC
under Disneys guidance aired the $40 million production, The
Path to 9/11. This was a five hour-two night portrayal of the
events that led to 9/11. Having gone through the history of terrorism
over the last 25 years, I believe this portrayal was as accurate as
you can get. The screenwriters were not politically motivated in any
way. They could have come down on the Clinton Administration much
harder than what you saw; Bush was not given a free pass either.
Bill Clinton was no different than the Presidents before him. Every
President from Jimmy Carter forward, whether Republican or Democrat
was soft on terrorism. The Presidents chose to use the notion that
terrorism is an illegal act, and should be treated as such, in the
courtroom. This meant countless indictments by grand juries of
overseas terrorists that would never be brought to trial in America.
It was a MARVELOUS political choice of not having to deal with a
The Path to 9/11 could have humiliated Clinton on this
score. They took it easy on the man. I do not criticize Clinton for
his actions. He was simply extending the policies of his predecessors
into the present. The problem was that terrorism came home to roost
big time under the Clinton Administration. The entire plot to take
those planes into those buildings was hatched, and prepared while
Clinton was President.
The FBI was asleep at the switch, and the CIA wasnt talking
to the FBI. Ask the FBI how they spent a $150 million on a computer
system that didnt work? Ask them if they are computerized as of
right now, or are they still using paper index cards in most of their
offices? Ask them if more than half their agents have laptop computers
today, five years after 9/11? I know the answers to those questions,
and you would be surprised at them.
The FBI and the CIA have a long history of dislike for one another.
If you want proof, go back to World War II when J. Edger Hoover ran
the FBI, and Will Bill Donovan ran the Office of Strategic Services,
the predecessor to the current CIA. The two men hated one another, and
their respective organizations followed through on the anger. Within
days after WW II ended, Hoover forced the new President Harry Truman
to disband the OSS as unnecessary. At the same time the Russians were
consolidating their gains in Eastern Europe.
The CIA formed just a few years after the was over, was created in
spite of Hoovers strenuous objections. The notion of judicial
process of terrorists was continued right on up through our current
President, George Bush. This President turned the tables after 9/11.
Would you believe that the FBI was still fighting for judicial
processing of terrorists after 9/11 while the CIA was fighting for let
us deal with it? The President sided with the CIA, and the
military, against the protests of the FBI, and Justice Department.
Just a few short months earlier, Bush would have probably made the
same call as Clinton. Our current President is the first President in
my lifetime to deal with terrorism for what it is. Its an ACT of
WAR against this country. For those who want to treat it as something
else, let me remind you of the stakes. We lost 2,749 people in the
World Trade Centers, and many, many more in the Pentagon and a small
field in Pennsylvania. One small nuclear weapon that can fit into a
brief case would make New York City uninhabitable for decades at a
minimum, probably kill of 250,000 within seconds, with another 300,000
to 500,000 casualties with hospitals that couldnt help them.
If you dont think that Osama Bin Laden on a daily basis is
not trying to acquire that weapon, than you need to change what you
are smoking. These people if they could snap their fingers and remove
300 million Americans from the planet would snap those fingers.
Usually people that hate us dont have the capacity to follow
through on their hatred. If you live in a village in the middle of a
mountain pass, and you hate Americans, what can you really do, while
you sleep in a bug infested hut, eating scrapings from the Chieftains
Osama on the other hand, has cash estimated at $500 million.
Additionally, he raises BIG MONEY on a yearly basis from Arabs who
hate us also, and governments seeking to buy protection from him. Do
you think its just luck that the Saudi Arabian pipelines have
not been touched in a terrorist act? Those pipelines are wide open,
and just waiting to be blown up. Such an act would put us all on gas
lines in the United States, and probably rationing. Arent you
surprised that Kuwait has not been attacked, or any other oil
Oil comes from all the bad neighborhoods of the world, and it is
the lifeline of American productivity. We must do whatever we must do
to protect that lifeline. If you are concerned about war with extreme
Islamic fundamentalists, let me remind you that we once fought a foe
just as militant, and just as extreme.
There were once 50 million Nazis that hated our souls, and if gave
the chance would have killed every one of us. We fought a war for five
years against them. How many Nazis do you see around the world today?
They are a group so small that they can be counted on the fingers of a
mutilated left hand. If we can successfully eliminate the Nazis, we
can successfully eliminate Islamic terrorists from our world as well.
The answer is not hauling them into court and putting them on
trial. The answer is to keep them overseas. We must do whatever has to
be done to keep this marvelous, wonderful bastion of democracy free
from those who would destroy our entire society. We have been Gods
gift to the world for 200 years. Yes, we have made mistakes through
the decades, but can any other country in two centuries have acted in
as wise, and decent a fashion as us ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I think
Goodbye and Good Luck