Thursday, July 22, 2004

The 9/11 Commission Report

The September 11th commission report released today will not tell us anything that we didn’t already know. There were institutional failings that were exploited after a decade of terrorist planning and attacks, and no single person is to blame. The report does not say that the attacks were preventable because even with 20/20 hindsight no reasonable human being can argue that they were.

The Democrats will attempt to spin the report to their benefit to try to tear down support for the President before the election. Republican leaders will most likely have little to say about the report unless the attacks and the spin from the other side of the aisle are over the top, as they will likely be. President Bush received a copy of the report this morning. He thanked the commissioners for their work and said that the report was important. The commission made a few specific recommendations that the administration will consider, and a few may even be implemented in time. For many, the simple fact that their was an investigation will be enough to make them feel bette. However, after the spin has faded and the report is forgotten by the majority of the public, Americans will make a choice more important to the national security than any recommendation made by the September 11th commission. It is a choice that will decide if we will continue to take the fight to the enemy or revert back to policies that allowed terrorist to plan and attack for over a decade unimpeded. The war on terror and how it is waged is the most important issue of this election. All other issues are secondary, including the economy especially now that it is booming and will continue to do so. No matter what polls show on any given day, President Bush will have an advantage on election day because of his leadership since September 11th. He has proven that he is willing to strike the enemy instead of waiting for the enemy to strike the United States with increasing lethality. That is the choice that must be made, will we continue to fight on our terms or will relent and wait for the next strike on our soil? Let’s hope that Americans have the will to continue the fight with the knowledge that the fiercest battles are those yet to come.

Read news releases on the report here and here.

Download the executive summary of the report here (large file)