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9-11: Five years later. Bush Monday night speech.


President Bush talks to the nation tonight, on the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, to build support for the War on Terror--read it really as for the war in Iraq.

Meanwhile, Al Qaeda issues a new videotape with a new threat to the U.S., timed to the anniversary.

they will participate in a wreath laying commemorating the fifth anniversary of 9/11. The President and First Lady will then participate in a commemorative wreath laying at the Pentagon. This evening, the President will make an address to the Nation to mark the fifth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
7:40 am:

THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush have Breakfast with New York City First Responders
Fort Pitt Firehouse | New York, New York
8:46 am:

THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in a Moment of Silence
Fort Pitt Firehouse | New York, New York
8:50 am:

THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in a Ceremony with New York City First Responders Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of September 11, 2001
Fort Pitt Firehouse | New York, New York
9:03 am:

THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in a Moment of Silence
Fort Pitt Firehouse | New York, New York
12:00 pm:

THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in a Wreath Laying Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of September 11, 2001
Skyline Road | Shanksville, Pennsylvania
3:35 pm:

THE PRESIDENT and Mrs. Bush participate in a Wreath Laying Commemorating the Fifth Anniversary of September 11, 2001
The Pentagon | Arlington, Virginia
9:01:30 pm:

THE PRESIDENT makes an Address to the Nation
The White House | Washington, DC


Today I will not debate.I will remember my friend I lost from Tower 1 . He fought with me in Vietnam and ran into the Tower into help and never made it out.I will not forget him and the others who died that day. My only wish is that we would of stayed the course and captured or killed the man who ordered it. He still is out there. bin'Laden should of been the target not Iraq.

Two links for the Right Wing Blast your talking point out of the Water
Your republican grades are in on Veterans

this is nonsense, all this is mr. george's fault.... he soes not care about the people of the united states. sending troops to find saddam hussein which he had nothin gto do with the 9/11 attacks... he needs to get out of office or do something right... instead us giving money back to the state the state should be printing more bills to hekp those who are homeless create more drug programs for those who needed. provide more security to those who needed. when celebrities put up there own money to help others tells that there is a problem with the world they earn the money that they make so why should they play a part where the government has failed.

MORONS! Dale endorses the most liberal of the democrats in a democratic primary and he is a Republican? I dont think so. Tania is your average democrat, lets not defend our country this is Mr. Georges fault, lets start programs for drug addicts. Nice. And this is who Dale wants running congress! You can both buy spam with your foodstamps.



There is no doubt that the terrorists responsible for 9/11 should be caught and dealt with, but Bush has not done that; instead, he has tried to con everyone into thinking that there was a link with Iraq, that Iraq was a threat, and then followed up on his own agenda by invading that country.

In doing so, he has squandered much of the goodwill which the world felt towards America in the aftermath of 9/11; and anyone pointing out these failings is either ridiculed or accused of being Anti-American.

I look forward to the day the murderers are caught and dealt with, and I equally look forward to the day that Bush is no longer in office.....both of these will make the world safer place.

Lenny I make a hell of a lot more then you. Go to the links your talking points are now useless like you

The Veterans have not indorsed but one Lenny John Leasch running against the proven crook and liar Hastert. John Brother is in Iraq so again Lenny you slap the troops in the face. Now you call the navytimes and Vote Smart spam. Grow up you need help get it soon.

To Dale: Welcome home fellow VietNam veteran. I was with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment (Blackhorse), B Troop, 1st Squadron, in 67-68. ...Like you, I wish our focus would have been strictly on getting Bin Laden first.....
To Tania: Yes, this Bush Administration made mistakes from the start. Guys like me and Dale were v. going into Iraq from the start. As were conservatives like Pat Buchanon and Tucker Carlson, from the very start. So I need to ask you, if we knew it wasn't in our best interest, then why did democrats such as Kerry, Biden, and Hillary vote FOR the Iraq incursion? If Dale and me weren't fooled, how can you defend them? By the way, the biggest fault made in my lifetime was by another Texan, President Lyndon Johnson, who added on to JFK's VietNam policy and thus, LBJ's failed VietNam policy got 58,000 of my fellow Americans killed. Bush hasn't approached that yet.

PS: By the way Tania, you spoke of the states having drug programs for the homeless, printing up more money, etc. That its Bush's fault. So can I ask you a question or two? Where you as outspoken about these problems during the Clinton Administration when these same problems existed and to the same degree? Also, have YOU personally volunteered your time helping the afflicted to try to make a difference on this subject? Tania, I have and I hope Ms. Sweet is fair enough to print this with everybody else's comments. I helped my union steward with the paper work getting fellow workers admitted to rehab clinics when they got into trouble at work, which resulted because of drug use (absenteism, conflicts, etc.). Tania, the company would pay 100% for the worker to get help the 1st time. Plus, they got their ENTIRE pay during the time they were treated. If they relapsed and had to get help the second time, they would again give the worker his entire pay. The only difference being the employees medical health insurance paid for the treatment. And the worker, if he messed up the 3rd time, still would NOT get fired. Rather he/she would get treatment with the insurance paying for it. The only difference is this time they didn't get their paycheck every 2 weeks. Guess what Tania, despite mgt. bending over backwards for them, we still had 29 get fired when it was all said and done. This in a plant that never had more then 250 employees. I learned from experience that there are alot of people who don't want to do well in the end. I learned from experience that sorry but some folks are just losers. God really does help those who are willing to help themselves.

the difference between john and dale is dale is a selfish coward. you didnt get anything from obama you wanna be player. Go endorse Cegalis over Duckworth again you liberal back stabbing vet.

Lenny you got no right calling someone a coward you non-serving piece of garbage. And if you had any since you would of seen I made them pull that indorcement because I never did. So again go get help now before you get hurt or hurt someone

to Lenny J: I'd like to remind you, this is America. Dale has EVERY right to voice his opinion. And being a fellow vet, he has sacrificed inorder that we ALL have that right. Do I agree with everything he says, of course not. Does he with me, of course not. And that goes for all of us. But thats our strength. We can disagree on an issue(s) but come to an understanding and be able to appreciate the other person's reasoning for his/her belief whether we agree or not...And personal cracks are not needed, something the extremes on BOTH sides unfortunately seem to do too much of nowadays.

Let me tell you something dale. You were a reservist cook. I was a Ranger second bat. You every call me a non-serving coward. What were you a cook in the service? As far as John ,Dale calls evertone names who do not agree with his comunist views.

Duff read the links ok . Plus if you where a Ranger then you should not be going after a 11B YOU SHOULD BE ASKING WHY THE CHAIRMAN OF the Veterans Committe Steve Buyer failed with a 0 on veterans issues

Let me tell you Dale you disgust me. I have read over the past few months many vets disagree with you and you personally attack them. You dont speak for us , Your a one issue person. Thats it. There are alot of people who are vets you attack. Enough! Let us finish the job over there, we are close to getting the job done. Did you really endorse Cegalis over Duckworth? And if your a Republican why are you endorsing Democrats anyway? Why not work with Roskam when he wins and they keep the house we have a better chance than you being Rham's lapdog. Also your personal attacks oon Hastert dont help the cause. If its possible show some class!

Merely enlisting (the Army used to have 2 year 11B enlistments) shouldn't give anyone lifelong entitlements. 20+ years, however, should provide a comfortable retirement.

I did 6 combat tours Dale how many did you do, Mr 11B! Dont you ever talk down to anyone you sellout!

One thing that struck me as odd in the days after 9/11 was Bush saying "We will not tolerate conspiracy theories [regarding 9/11]". Sure enough there have been some wacky conspiracy theories surrounding the events of that day. The most far-fetched and patently ridiculous one that I've ever heard goes like this: Nineteen hijackers who claimed to be devout Muslims but yet were so un-Muslim as to be getting drunk all the time, doing cocaine and frequenting strip clubs decided to hijack four airliners and fly them into buildings in the northeastern U.S., the area of the country that is the most thick with fighter bases. After leaving a Koran on a barstool at a strip bar after getting shitfaced drunk on the night before, then writing a suicide note/inspirational letter that sounded like it was written by someone with next to no knowledge of Islam, they went to bed and got up the next morning hung over and carried out their devious plan. Nevermind the fact that of the four "pilots" among them there was not a one that could handle a Cessna or a Piper Cub let alone fly a jumbo jet, and the one assigned the most difficult task of all, Hani Hanjour, was so laughably incompetent that he was the worst fake "pilot" of the bunch. Nevermind the fact that they received very rudimentary flight training at Pensacola Naval Air Station, making them more likely to have been C.I.A. assets than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists. So on to the airports. These "hijackers" somehow managed to board all four airliners with their tickets, yet not even ONE got his name on any of the flight manifests. So they hijack all four airliners and at this time passengers on United 93 start making a bunch of cell phone calls from 35,000 feet in the air to tell people what was going on. Nevermind the fact that cell phones wouldn't work very well above 4,000 feet, and wouldn't work at ALL above 8,000 feet. But the conspiracy theorists won't let that fact get in the way of a good fantasy. That is one of the little things you "aren't supposed to think about". Nevermind that one of the callers called his mom and said his first and last name, more like he was reading from a list than calling his own mom. Anyway, when these airliners each deviated from their flight plan and didn't respond to ground control, NORAD would any other time have followed standard operating procedure (and did NOT have to be told by F.A.A. that there were hijackings because they were watching the same events unfold on their own radar) which means fighter jets would be scrambled from the nearest base where they were available on standby within a few minutes, just like every other time when airliners stray off course. But of course on 9/11 this didn't happen, not even close. Somehow these "hijackers" must have used magical powers to cause NORAD to stand down, as ridiculous as this sounds because total inaction from the most high-tech and professional Air Force in the world would be necessary to carry out their tasks. So on the most important day in its history the Air Force was totally worthless. Then they had to make one of the airliners look like a smaller plane, because unknown to them the Naudet brothers had a videocamera to capture the only known footage of the North Tower crash, and this footage shows something that is not at all like a jumbo jet, but didn't have to bother with the South Tower jet disguising itself because that was the one we were "supposed to see". Anyway, as for the Pentagon they had to have Hani Hanjour fly his airliner like it was a fighter plane, making a high G-force corkscrew turn that no real airliner can do, in making its descent to strike the Pentagon. But these "hijackers" wanted to make sure Rumsfeld survived so they went out of their way to hit the farthest point in the building from where Rumsfeld and the top brass are located. And this worked out rather well for the military personnel in the Pentagon, since the side that was hit was the part that was under renovation at the time with few military personnel present compared to construction workers. Still more fortuitous for the Pentagon, the side that was hit had just before 9/11 been structurally reinforced to prevent a large fire there from spreading elsewhere in the building. Awful nice of them to pick that part to hit, huh? Then the airliner vaporized itself into nothing but tiny unidentifiable pieces no bigger than a fist, unlike the crash of a real airliner when you will be able to see at least some identifiable parts, like crumpled wings, broken tail section etc. Why, Hani Hanjour the terrible pilot flew that airliner so good that even though he hit the Pentagon on the ground floor the engines didn't even drag the ground!! Imagine that!! Though the airliner vaporized itself on impact it only made a tiny 16 foot hole in the building. Amazing. Meanwhile, though the planes hitting the Twin Towers caused fires small enough for the firefighters to be heard on their radios saying "We just need 2 hoses and we can knock this fire down" attesting to the small size of it, somehow they must have used magical powers from beyond the grave to make this morph into a raging inferno capable of making the steel on all forty-seven main support columns (not to mention the over 100 smaller support columns) soften and buckle, then all fail at once. Hmmm. Then still more magic was used to make the building totally defy physics as well as common sense in having the uppermost floors pass through the remainder of the building as quickly, meaning as effortlessly, as falling through air, a feat that without magic could only be done with explosives. Then exactly 30 minutes later the North Tower collapses in precisely the same freefall physics-defying manner. Incredible. Not to mention the fact that both collapsed at a uniform rate too, not slowing down, which also defies physics because as the uppermost floors crash into and through each successive floor beneath them they would shed more and more energy each time, thus slowing itself down. Common sense tells you this is not possible without either the hijackers' magical powers or explosives. To emphasize their telekinetic prowess, later in the day they made a third building, WTC # 7, collapse also at freefall rate though no plane or any major debris hit it. Amazing guys these magical hijackers. But we know it had to be "Muslim hijackers" the conspiracy theorist will tell you because (now don't laugh) one of their passports was "found" a couple days later near Ground Zero, miraculously "surviving" the fire that we were told incinerated planes, passengers and black boxes, and also "survived" the collapse of the building it was in. When common sense tells you if that were true then they should start making buildings and airliners out of heavy paper and plastic so as to be "indestructable" like that magic passport. The hijackers even used their magical powers to bring at least seven of their number back to life, to appear at american embassies outraged at being blamed for 9/11!! BBC reported on that and it is still online. Nevertheless, they also used magical powers to make the american government look like it was covering something up in the aftermath of this, what with the hasty removal of the steel debris and having it driven to ports in trucks with GPS locators on them, to be shipped overseas to China and India to be melted down. When common sense again tells you that this is paradoxical in that if the steel was so unimportant that they didn't bother saving some for analysis but so important as to require GPS locators on the trucks with one driver losing his job because he stopped to get lunch. Hmmmm. Yes, this whole story smacks of the utmost idiocy and fantastical far-fetched lying, but it is amazingly enough what some people believe. Even now, five years later, the provably false fairy tale of the "nineteen hijackers" is heard repeated again and again, and is accepted without question by so many Americans. Which is itself a testament to the innate psychological cowardice of the American sheeple, i mean people, and their abject willingness to believe something, ANYTHING, no matter how ridiculous in order to avoid facing a scary uncomfortable truth. Time to wake up America.

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