9/11 Seven Years Later. Are We Safer Today?

In a word.  No.

Bin Laden is still at large in spite of a multi-million dollar reward and John McCain’s claim that he’ll follow Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell is short on specifics, especially if Bin Laden is still in Pakistan.

Al Qaeda, though weaker, is still a large terrorist organization.  The Taliban have not been defeated and we really need a surge in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

Draining the US of blood and treasure is a stated goal of Al Qaeda; six years into the Iraq War at $12 billion a month; mission accomplished, especially since the war was financed via credit from the Chinese, Japanese and Saudis. 

The borders are still not secure.  Cargo isn’t inspected for WMDs or bio-terrorism agents.  Our ports are a greater security risk than undocumented workers coming in from Mexico.

Most of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission are still not enacted.

The Terrorism Alerts seem to serve a political purpose more so than a real warning.

I was in Atlanta during 9/11 on a business trip. I remain grateful to my friends and neighbors who helped my wife with the children during that difficult week.  I’m also grateful to the kind people of Atlanta would helped make us out-of-towners as comfortable as possible.  I remain upset that our government hasn’t done everything it can to prevent another 9/11 other than politicize it for the past 7 years. 

Are we safer today?

What do you think?

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  2 comments for “9/11 Seven Years Later. Are We Safer Today?

  1. Urizen
    September 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks for the reality check. Bit graphic tho makes it appear an art work, performance art …Reminding the blind and deaf of OC, thanks…Write on!

  2. cook
    September 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm

    I stopped by the Civic Center in Santa Ana and watched the Firemens memorial this morning.

    To answer your question, “Are we safer today?”

    I think so.

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