1776: After the British capture Long Island, Continental Congressional delegates Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Edward Rutledge meet with British Adm. Lord Richard Howe for a peace conference at Staten Island. Hoping to bring a quick end to the conflict, King George granted Howe the authority to discuss peace terms, but not including the recognition of American independence. When Howe states that the loss of America would be like losing a brother, Franklin replies that “we will do our utmost endeavors to save your lordship that mortification.”
1814: New York is saved from a possible invasion by British forces when Commodore Thomas MacDonough’s squadron decisively defeats the British fleet led by Capt. George Downie in the Battle of Plattsburgh.
2001: As air controllers learn that several planes appear to have been hijacked, fighter jets are scrambled but do not arrive in time to disrupt a complex terrorist attack that kills 2,997 Americans and injures some 6,000. At 9:37a.m., a Boeing 757 flown by Al Qaeda terrorists slams into the Pentagon, killing 55 military personnel and 70 civilian employees. The area hit by the plane was undergoing renovations at the time of the attack, which meant only a few hundred of what would normally be around 5,000 occupants were endangered. Structural reinforcements and a sprinkler system had recently been added – in response to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing – which increased survivability.
Although it is too late for the Pentagon, all U.S. military facilities worldwide are ordered to enter Force Protection Condition “Delta” – the highest level of readiness for a possible terrorist attack. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld increases the military alert level from DEFCON 5 (the lowest state of military preparedness) to DEFCON 3. Although the Russians would typically match the increase, President Vladimir Putin notifies George W. Bush that he would order his forces to stand down and denounces the terrorist attack. A report of a possible truck bomb attack targeting the North American Aerospace Command (NORAD) headquarters in the Cheyenne Mountain Complex leads to the first time the facility closes its massive blast doors, which are designed to withstand a nuclear attack. NORAD now controls of all American air space as combat air patrols guarded the skies and enforced a nationwide no-fly-zone.
2012: Terrorists launch a coordinated assault on a U.S. government compound in Benghazi, Libya. Although the battle rages for hours, the military isn’t permitted to mount any kind of effective response. Two CIA contractors – Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods – are killed, as well as foreign service officer Sean Smith and Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Firefighters know what it is like to risk their lives in order to accomplish something. As a fire chief, you risk the lives of your men in order to rescue the child who is trapped upstairs. The firefighters are willing to run into a burning building because they know how important that child’s life is. All parties involved accept this arrangement, especially the child.
This is not acceptable, however, when others may risk not only your life, but also that of your family in order to accomplish something that you do not find justifiable.
Liberals in government and media are so power hungry that they used our counter-terrorism strategies and tactics as an opportunity to destroy their political opponents.
During the George W. Bush years, liberals undermined our counter-terrorism strategy – during a war against terrorists – in order to weaken the administration. It would be one thing if they reversed Bush’s wartime strategy when the Obama administration took over in 2009. However, after fighting Bush nearly every step of the way, not much actually changed when they took control.
In fact, they actually doubled down on some of the very tactics that they castigated Bush for.
Rick Rescorla was born in England, joined the military at 16 and fought in Cyprus and Rhodesia. When the English ran out of wars, he moved to the United States, where he joined the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam. He worked his way up to Sergeant before becoming an officer. He fought in the Battle of Ia Drang as a platoon leader in B Co., 2/7th Cavalry and is pictured on the cover of Gen. Hal Moore’s book, We Were Soldiers Once… And Young (see photo right).
Rick became head of security for Morgan Stanley and worked in the World Trade Center. After the 1993 terrorist attack, Rescorla was the last person out of the Towers after evacuating everyone. On 9/11 he evacuated his Morgan Stanley employees and was last seen heading back up the stairs to rescue victims who could not get out. Apart from Rescorla and his two deputies, only three Morgan Stanley employees died in the attack. Thousands survived, many of which might not have if it weren’t for Rick Rescorla.
Watch this video, then read this post.
An American-born, pro-jihad cleric has reportedly praised the failed Christmas airliner attack and claimed the alleged perpetrator was his student.
Anwar al-Awlaki is a U.S. citizen born in New Mexico to Yemeni parents. Before leaving the U.S. in 2002, he served as an imam in Denver, San Diego, and the Washington, D.C. area. While in San Diego, he became the “spiritual advisor” for two of the 9/11 hijackers (and had contact with a third). He also admits to having advised the man who gunned down 14 unarmed Americans at Fort Hood, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Al-Awlaki now lives in Yemen, and counter terrorism experts believe that he works for al Qaeda.
In a recent Al Jazeera interview al-Awlaki stated that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23 year-old Nigerian student who attempted to detonate a bomb on a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, was in fact a student of his.
Al-Awlaki’s pro-jihad internet lectures and materials are very popular, and he is even said to be active on social networking sites like Facebook.
Abdulmtallab allegedly attempted to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in December while en route from Amsterdam to Detroit by hiding a bomb in his underwear. He has stated that more attacks are planned, that his is the first of many forthcoming plots. He is currently in federal prison in Milan, Mich.
“Brother mujahed Umar Farouk — may Allah relieve him — is one of my students, yes,” said al-Awlaki in the interview published on Tuesday. “We had kept in contact, but I didn’t issue a fatwa (religious ruling/declaration of war) to Umar Farouk for this operation.”
Al-Awlaki expressed his support of the failed Christmas attack, but said that he would have preferred a military target.
“I support what Umar Farouk did after seeing my brothers in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan being killed,” al-Awlaki said. “If it was a military plane or a U.S. military target it would have been better…(but) the American people have participated in all the crimes of their government.”
The other two known terrorism cases that he had ties to were indeed military targets. The victims in Maj. Hasan’s Fort Hood massacre were mostly soldiers. And Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar – the 9/11 hijackers that al-Awlaki mentored – were two of the five operatives who flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing 64 passengers and 125 people in the Pentagon. Hani Hanjour – another Flight 77 hijacker – attended services at the Dar al Hiraj mosque in Falls Church, Va. while al-Awlaki was an imam there.
“Some 300 Americans are nothing compared to thousands of Muslims they have killed,” he said of the innocent civilians on the flight to Detroit.
But according to a recent study, the same could be said of al Qaeda.
A West Point study found that 85% of al Qaeda’s victims are in fact Muslims.
While U.S. media is bending over backwards to ignore the connection between the Fort Hood terrorist and Islam, the Telegraph has this dandy of a headline:
Fort Hood shooting: Texas army killer linked to September 11 terrorists
Major Nidal Malik Hasan worshipped at a mosque led by a radical imam said to be a “spiritual adviser” to three of the hijackers who attacked America on Sept 11, 2001.
I bet the rent that the media’s next move will be to cover-up Hasan’s connection to the radical pastor, just like they did with Obama. I expect something to the tune of “Just because Hasan attended the radical imam’s services doesn’t mean that he buys into it.”
Meanwhile, pay no attention to the dozens of innocent casualties immediately preceded by “Allahu Akbar!”
Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. His mother’s funeral was held there in May that year.
The preacher at the time was Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Yemeni scholar who was banned from addressing a meeting in London by video link in August because he is accused of supporting attacks on British troops and backing terrorist organisations.
So many American-born Muslims wanting to destroy America. Does anyone else wonder why? Certainly not the American media, military, or politicians.
Charles Allen, a former under-secretary for intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security, has described al-Awlaki, who now lives in Yemen, as an “al-Qaeda supporter, and former spiritual leader to three of the September 11 hijackers… who targets US Muslims with radical online lectures encouraging terrorist attacks from his new home in Yemen”.
How many other Muslims living in the U.S. went to al Awlaki’s services? Multiple members from Dar al-Hijrah have killed thousands of innocent American lives. But will anyone investigate? Heavens no – this is the Religion of Peace!
They also praise the 9/11 attacks and Osama bin Laden. And they are Americans.
The problem is that what these so-called “radicals” say is supported in the Qur’an. When is America going to wake up and realize that this is not a problem that will go away when we bury our heads in the sand?
Walid Phares’ op-ed on 9/11 is definitely worth reading:
In no conflict throughout history were people still confused about the threat eight years after hostilities began. For America, neither WWI nor WWII had lasted half that long. And in those wars we not only achieved victory in that time, but we knew long before that – with crystalline precision – who our foes were and what we had to do to defeat them.
How is it that many Americans are still confused eight years on? Because while the media has no problems showing footage of American troops dying (which they somehow obtain from the terrorists) they forbid showing footage of the World Trade Center. That might whip Americans into a patriotic frenzy and make us question why we haven’t been allowed to do squat to turn the tide against the terrorists.
Democrat politicians feel that any mention of 9/11 is a dirty Republican trick as they have fully invested themselves in the defeat of our military – to the point that sick, politically-correct Rules of Engagement deny our fighting forces air and artillery support – even if that unit is being overrun. No words can describe the anger I feel towards politicians and the activist, state-run media on this day each year.
Our military sacrifices so much, and we have only them to thank as they have been left flapping in the breeze by two administrations for eight years now. They have fought the Islamic terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries that many Americans couldn’t find on a map for years, and what progress they have made has been despite the best efforts of gutless politicians in Washington.
If we want to fight the Islamic terrorists with our military, then the U.S. had better get its collective head out of the sand and realize who our enemy is and their intentions. If not, we will resume fighting them with firefighters, police officers, and other emergency workers. The casualties won’t be senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders, they will be innocent women and children as they were eight years ago. That is unacceptable.