Posts tagged ‘World Trade Center’

September 8, 2015


by lewwaters

A speech given by U.S. Navy Captain Ouimette back in 2003. Although it has been widely circulated since then, it appears that the very warning he gave has once again been ignored as by and large, Western Civilization has “hit the snooze button and gone back to sleep.”


That’s what we think we heard on the 11th of September 2001 (When more than 3,000 Americans were killed) and maybe it was, but I think it should have been “Get Out of Bed!” In fact, I think the alarm clock has been buzzing since 1979 and we have continued to hit the snooze button and roll over for a few more minutes of peaceful sleep since then.

It was a cool fall day in November 1979 in a country going through a religious and political upheaval when a group of Iranian students attacked and seized the American Embassy in Tehran. This seizure was an outright attack on American soil; it was an attack that held the world’s most powerful country hostage and paralyzed a Presidency. The attack on this sovereign U. S. embassy set the stage for events to follow for the next 23 years.

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September 10, 2011

BOATLIFT, An Untold Tale of 9/11 Resilience

by lewwaters
September 9, 2011

9/11: I Woke Up To A Different World

by lewwaters

Very few days are so embedded in my mind as to recall almost every moment of the day. Among them are November 22, 1963 when I was a sophomore in High School and President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, my final trip home from Vietnam and the days my daughters were born. Ten years ago, September 11, 2001 was added.

Like most of the rest in America, I went to bed the night of September 10 with few cares or worries in regards to terrorism. I recall hearing that terrorist chatter had increased in the weeks leading up to the fateful day, but our embassies and posts overseas were put on alert, not America. The idea that we were going to be sucker punched just didn’t occur to us. After all, except for the February 26, 1993 attempted bombing of the World Trade Center, all terrorist activity remained outside of our borders.

A little after 6 AM my clock/radio went off that Tuesday morning. Unlike the rest of the days, I did not hear the music I was used to hearing, but heard news of the World Trade Center being on fire, having been hit by an airplane. Like I’m sure many others did, I assumed another accident, a wayward airplane of some sort impacting the building as happened back in 1945 when a B-25 bomber flew into the Empire State Building.

I turned on CNN News and was shocked to see the smoke pouring out of the building. I tried understanding how an aircraft could just fly into the building, seeing it was such a clear day. I began thinking it was a novice pilot in small plane as even the news wasn’t saying it was a passenger airplane yet.

Being in the Northwest, much had already happened as I continued viewing CNN and trying to wrap my groggy mind around what was unfolding before my eyes.

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September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001 Remembered: Eight Years On

by lewwaters

It has been 8 years since I woke to news of the most horrific attack out nation has ever faced. Being on the west coast, events were already under way and unfolding that fateful morning as my radio went off to wake me up for work.

Hearing news of the attack instead of the usual music I turned on the TV to CNN, the channel I considered trustworthy at the time.

Initially considered an accident, when the second plane hit the second tower, I instinctively knew that we had just witnessed the beginning of war. War against the American people and western civilization.

There was little doubt that it was radical Jihadists behind the attack and in the early confusion that follows any such sneak attack, many were considered as possibly the perpetrators, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein and any myriad of other known terrorist leaders.

This wasn’t the first attack against our culture or within our nation by these radicals, but it was the most successful for the terrorists as news of another airplane hitting the Pentagon broke and news filtered out of another highjacked plane crashing in Pennsylvania.

Our nation had been under attack for three decades when this attack hit and I witnessed something I hadn’t seen since a young boy, long before my enlisting in the U.S. Army and deploying to Viet Nam in 1969, Americans coming together expressing outrage and demanding accountability for the attacks.

Democrat, Republican and Independents all rallied behind President George W. Bush demanding a counter-attack, but against whom? Such demands lead to the infamous statement from Bush,

When I take action, I’m not gonna fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt. It’s going to be decisive.”

Nearly a month later, October 7, 2001, President Bush launched the attack in Afghanistan to seek Osama bin Laden, whose terrorist group Al Qaeda was determined to be responsible for the attacks and to unseat the Taliban who were protecting bin Laden and refusing to turn him over.

Within a couple weeks, the anti-war contingent in America who opposed fighting back, began their very public demonization of Bush and the effort to prevent any more such attacks as the New York Times ran the article A Military Quagmire Remembered: Afghanistan as Vietnam.

By March of 2003, with the Taliban routed and bin Laden running and hiding out and after months of futile efforts by President Bush, a new theater in combating terror was opened as Iraq was invaded to unseat Saddam Hussein, who several intelligence agencies had determined posed a potential threat should he link up to Al Qaeda and share technology or WMD’s believed to still exist in his regime.

The anti-war cretins found an old familiar voice as the Democrat Party nominated an aging protester left over from the Viet Nam era, John ‘F’in Kerry to run for president.

Kerry, with no regard for anything except personal power, set about repeating his treasonous activities of 1971 as he labeled President Bush a liar, deserter and a coward, with the willing help of a complicit media, undermining the efforts to combat terror and demoralizing our Troops in harm’s way.

Forgotten, or ignored by Kerry and that irresponsible media, as they repeated his chant of “Wrong War, Wrong Place, Wrong Time” is that is was none other than Kerry who, in a 1997 Senate Floor Speech, was calling for an attack on Saddam Hussein’s Iraq to depose him.

If not for the efforts of a small group of brave and courageous Combat tested and Decorated Veterans, Swift Vets and POWs for Truth, Kerry might have seized the presidency as he and the Democrat Party whipped the country into an anti-Bush, anti-war fervor like we have never seen before with their lies, innuendos, fabrications and yes, undermining the efforts to combat terrorists, all for cheap political gain.

Their efforts re-divided the country worse than it has ever been as they seized first control of both house of congress in the 2006 elections and the presidency in 2008, demonizing President Bush and Republicans every step of the way, presenting us with the least experienced and least qualified president we have ever had in our entire history.

It was with great disbelief that I listened this morning to Barack Obama as he quoted President George W. Bush’s often stated words, words they have demonized and scoffed at in the years since that fateful September morning 8 years ago,

Let us renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and who plot against us still. In defense of our nation we will never waver; in pursuit of al Qaeda and its extremist allies, we will never falter.”

It was with even more disbelief that I listened as he followed that with,

Most of all, on a day when others sought to sap our confidence, let us renew our common purpose. Let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief, but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love,” after the years of efforts he and his party spent dividing the country as never before.

Where was that never faltering spirit in the past few years? Where was the call for unity when the country and our Troops needed it most?

As politicians use this fateful day as a backdrop for their political posturing and grandiose speeches, there seems to be much truth in a new phrase, 9/11: Elephants Remember, Jackasses Forget.

Have You Forgotten?

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