Wesley Clark said yesterday the two greatest lies of the last three years are that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks couldn't have been prevented and that another attack is inevitable.
They could have very well been prevented. As early as '99 The US was gathering intelligence that suggested that this kind of thing would happen in 2001, and what did the administration chose to do when June rolled around? Ignore the problem. Look what happened.
Clark, a retired Army general, envisioned a future in which Americans "have more confidence in ourselves as a people." He continued: "Nothing is going to hurt this country - not bioweapons, not a nuclear weapon, not a terrorist strike - there is nothing that can hurt us if we stay united and move together and have a vision for moving to the future the right way."
That is finally a statement that I can be proud of. Right now with those Tom Ridge commercials, people are running around in a mass panic every time the terror alert status goes from High Approval Rating (yellow) to Low Approval Rating (orange). It is in this terror alert system that the terrorists have achieved their goal. They have instilled fear into the hearts of americans, and that is what they set out to do.
"I'm looking to leaders today who are not out there trying to unnecessarily scare the public. But I think it's equally dangerous to try to reassure the public," said Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease and Research at the University of Minnesota. "We have to tell the truth, and the truth of the matter is that America still remains vulnerable."
Truth, would be a nice change, wouldn't it?
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And all at once the crowd begins to sing: Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same