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Thursday, February 15, 2007

9-11 Commission Report

Has everyone read the 9-11 Commission Report yet?

Don't think for a moment it is truth, Scripture or even gets it all in without bias. In turn, don't think it is all bias.

Going into 11-04-08 requires a good knowledge of what happened on 9-11-01, and, naturally since then.

Important here, as anti-George Bush bias runs thickly in the Hillary Clinton camp, the vote coming up is not against GWB, but for our next preseident. Those among the "send a message to the Republicans" might make the right vote but under a foolish premise. The risk of voting for the wrong person just because of being pissed off at the current one is too high.

Vote for good, smart, objective, nonemotional reasons.

Below, some options regarding the 9-11 Commission Report, and another interesting book. Purchases through this blog help me, supports good thinking, and, at least 10% of all income coming from ads, purchases, donations goes to a good cause (a charity near where I live). To search books on 9-11 in general, click here.

The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States

The result of months of intensive investigations and inquiries by a specially appointed bipartisan panel, The 9/11 Commission Report is one of the most important historical documents of the modern era. And while that fact alone makes it worth owning, it is also a chilling and valuable piece of nonfiction: a comprehensive and alarming look at one of the biggest intelligence failures in history and the events that led up to it. The commission traces the roots of al-Qaeda's strategies along with the emergence of the 19 hijackers and how they entered the United States and boarded airplanes. It details the missed opportunities of law enforcement officials to avert disaster. Using transcripts of cockpit voice recordings, the report describes events on board the planes along with the chaotic reaction on the ground from nearly every level of government. Going forward, the commission calls for a comprehensive overhaul of what it sees as a deeply flawed and disjointed intelligence-gathering operation. The creation of a post for a single National Security Director is recommended, along with the creation of a National Counterterrorism Center. The report finds fault with the approaches of both the Clinton and Bush administrations but, because they were a bipartisan panel and the problems described are so systemic and far-reaching, they stop short of assigning blame to any particular person or group. Credit must be given to how readable the report is. At more than 500 pages, the writing is clear and forceful and the information is made more accessible since it is fre from election politics and rancor. While the commission notes that future attacks are probably inevitable, a coordinated preventive effort along with a clear plan to respond with efficiency can offer Americans some hope in a post-9/11 world. --John Moe


Allows Objective Inquiry
If you've not read every newspaper story, caught all of the presentations on CNN, or heard every view from every radio talk show, then "The 9/11 Commission Report" will help. In fact, the Report has data, interviews, and statistics not found in the popular press.

This isn't a book you want because of its presentation, or any dirt, like found in some expose. It is a book about what of the biggest tragedies in USA history, and its impact on our future national security. You won't find heart-wrenching images of firemen and businessmen all covered in dust, but you will read about the actions of our leaders, both wise and foolish. It is candid, alarmingly revealing, and, by default, cautioning.

9/11 is more than what Michael Moore says, and more than what Rush Limbaugh says. Here's the report, detail by detail. No matter who wins the next election, the President and the USA in general will need to deal with the issue of terrorism. The Report outlines what they think caused it, and, more importantly, what we have been doing about it.

I can't claim to understand the bulk of the book, or have a fully-formed opinion on what we should have done, but I can say "The 9/11 Commission Report" helps me get a better grip on all that happened.

As a citizen, and not just as a reader, I fully recommend "The 9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States" by National Commission on Terrorist Attacks.

Anthony Trendl

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