September 11, 2013

George W. Bush The Night of 9-11-01: "Disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger."

President George W. Bush Addresses the Nation

Good evening.

Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts.

The victims were in airplanes or in their offices — secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers. Moms and dads. Friends and neighbors.

Thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.

The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger.

These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed. Our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation.

Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.

America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that light from shining.

Today, our nation saw evil, the very worst of human nature, and we responded with the best of America, with the daring of our rescue workers, with the caring for strangers and neighbors who came to give blood and help in any way they could.

Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans. Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared. Our emergency teams are working in New York City and Washington, D.C., to help with local rescue efforts.

Our first priority is to get help to those who have been injured and to take every precaution to protect our citizens at home and around the world from further attacks.

The functions of our government continue without interruption. Federal agencies in Washington which had to be evacuated today are reopening for essential personnel tonight and will be open for business tomorrow.

Our financial institutions remain strong, and the American economy will be open for business as well.

The search is underway for those who are behind these evil acts. I’ve directed the full resources for our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.

I appreciate so very much the members of Congress who have joined me in strongly condemning these attacks. And on behalf of the American people, I thank the many world leaders who have called to offer their condolences and assistance.

America and our friends and allies join with all those who want peace and security in the world and we stand together to win the war against terrorism.

Tonight I ask for your prayers for all those who grieve, for the children whose worlds have been shattered, for all whose sense of safety and security has been threatened. And I pray they will be comforted by a power greater than any of us spoken through the ages in Psalm 23:

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me.

This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace. America has stood down enemies before, and we will do so this time.

None of us will ever forget this day, yet we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.

Thank you. Good night, and God bless America.

Sept. 20, 2001 - Bush Declares War on Terror

Posted by gerardvanderleun at September 11, 2013 8:24 PM
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"We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them."

Curse you George W Bush. You had the power and the justification to annihilate as much of Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iran, etc. as necessary and you made our hero soldiers walk through the streets of Crapistan trying to earn the respect of goat molesters. You allowed the Saudis to fly around the US and pick up their precious Princes, after financing the murderous scum that caused Sept 11. You allowed Pakistan to play their double game for/against America. And for good measure you talked and talked about the murderous possibility of Iran and North Korea completing their nuclear ambitions and holding us and others hostage, and then you left office doing almost nothing about either. In fact, GWB EASED banking sanctions on the Norks to try and get them to negotiate while they were on the verge of collapse due to cash starvation.

I will never forgive you George Bush. The instant incineration of tens of millions of Muslims before the end of Sept 2001 would be the least you could have done in response to that terrible day. May God damn to Hell any and all politicians that waste another day while we have nuclear weapons in warehouses, waiting to be dismantled, and "radical muslims" congregating in sanctuaries planning the next Sept 11. THEY declared war on all of us. While we would like to bend the threat curve by 4-5% per year in this multi-generation effort to reduce the recent unpleasantness.

This war should have ended in a bright flash and the creation of the world's largest parking lot in 2001. Fuck their filthy little moon god.

Posted by: Scott M at September 12, 2013 12:39 AM

Scott M. I concur.


Posted by: jwm at September 12, 2013 7:35 AM

"Disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet, unyielding anger."

Seems so, Scott M. Had similar thoughts meself; but you express them much more cogently.

Moreover, W paved the way for the current craven cunt.

Posted by: Frank P at September 12, 2013 10:53 AM

No American president we have ever had would have taken America in that direction, not one. (not even Andrew Jackson)
There are some things we have to do and certain ways we have to act because of who we are and what where we came from.

That being said, I think a quorum of past Presidents would have approved of what we did in Afghanistan in that first six months, as long as we left as soon as the Taliban government fell. Maybe just a couple of dirty bombs dropped on a certain black rock in the desert, as long as we gave reasonable warning for the people to evacuate. Nah, that would be giving in to superstition.

George cared about the people and the future of the USA, but he should have remembered that he couldn't control the actions of the next president. He's the guy who pissed away all that blood, treasure and effort.

Posted by: John the River at September 12, 2013 3:13 PM

W had, as every POTUS has had since Ike, the power to end all life in vast troublesome regions in the next 30 minutes. We make excuses and after those excuses we pick up the next group of victims, make solemn declarations, and then more excuses. The problem remains only because we value the life and culture of enemies as much as our citizens. That is sick and unnecessary.

Ther will be a nuclear war with Islam. It is immoral to allow them to decide when and where.

Posted by: Scott M at September 12, 2013 6:37 PM