September 11 is noteworthy throughout history with important events. Currently, the September 11 date is important because of outrage over the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. The Syrian President is also a medical doctor who specialized in ophthalmology. It challenges the limits of intellect to consider that a man with his background could kill more than 100,000 of his own people using both conventional weapons and deadly chemical agents.
President Obama and his acolyte Secretary of State John Kerry have been vacillating from taking ‘unbelievably small’ action against Syria to asking Congress to endorse a vague plan of attack with obscure details. Syrian rebels have been without outside help for so long that their ranks have been permeated with al Qaeda fighters. Whatever avenues of assistance or attack we choose may now be helping friends and/or enemies.
The most recent report is that Vladimir Putin’s plan of liquidating the chemical weapons by international forces will halt our efforts to send in ‘proportional’ bombs or missiles to warn Assad not to discharge more chemical weapons. The Syrian civil war will continue. Assad will remain in power and he can continue killing his own citizens with conventional weapons. Putin is playing Obama like the feckless individual he is. Apparently the goal of removing Assad from power is trumped by allegedly getting rid of deadly chemicals. The U.S.A. has unleashed its awesome power of uncertainty, indecision and acquiescence.
In the sequence of September 11 events, the deadly attacks on our Benghazi Consulate in 2012 are as yet unsolved. From the Rose Garden on September 12, 2012, Mr. Obama remarked, “And make no mistake we will work with the Libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our people.” Our government has failed to take positive action as outlined in that pronouncement. This is another promise that Mr. Obama has failed to keep by default or design.
Photos of the President and his coterie in the situation room of the White House were displayed when Osama bin Laden was taken down on May 1, 2011. The situation room had no photo coverage when Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues were being slaughtered in Benghazi, Libya. Apparently these victims weren’t important enough to receive the attention of the President, the Secretaries of State and Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and others.
An Accountability Review Board (ARB) appointed by Secretary Clinton found that four senior administrators at the State Department were guilty of management failures and were summarily sent home at full pay. These four were recently reinstated to jobs with comparable income. This is discipline? The government provides rewards for those who are inept and incompetent? Or were the four administrators simply proxies for the derelict big shots?
The principal celebration and remembrance on September 11 is reserved for the approximately 3,000 people killed when the World Trade Towers in NYC and the Pentagon were attacked and a fourth skyjacked plane crashed near Shanksville, PA on September 11, 2001. Not only do we mourn the loss of these innocent victims, but the world also suffers the economic consequences of this and other attacks. Trillions of dollars are spent annually to protect passengers on airplanes and travelers by land and sea. Ayman al-Zawahiri, successor to Osama bin-Laden, in a speech on Friday, September 13, said, “We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security.”
Meantime, government criticizes top lawmen in NYC and Arizona who have an explicit understanding of the threats our nation faces. The Fort Hood massacre was termed ‘workplace violence’ by the administration instead of terrorism, we reveled in the election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, we are operating without a cogent foreign policy, domestic policy condemns the rich and celebrates government dependency, the healthcare plan is unwanted, unworkable and exorbitant and the national debt is approaching $17 trillion. This must be the Hope and Change we heard about in the countless campaign speeches.
– Dick Baynton