Thursday, June 17, 2004

The Morning of 9/11

Heard some NPR during lunch outing. [http://www.npr.org/911hearings/]

On the morning of 9/11/2001, it turns out, only two (groups of) people in America actually knew what to do and did it:

  • Dick Cheney
  • The passengers on Flight 93

  • Cheney actually ordered the Air Force to shoot down Flight 93. And the passengers literally paid the ultimate price to save either the White House or the Capitol.

    Sobering.

    There are definitely conclusions there. But let's leave it at that for now.

    Postscript; November 8, 2005
    Here's an update on that:

    http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/11/07/opinion/edcarroll.php

    James Carroll of the Boston Globe (quoted here via the International Herald Tribune) point out that what Cheney did might have been a usurpation of power--and says it was unnecessary. I guess we'll have to wait a bit longer for history to provide even more context...
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