• What You Really Should #NeverForget on 9/11

    September 11, 2016

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq, Military


    Happy 9/11 Day, our fifteenth anniversary together. If it was a child, she’d be almost ready to drive. They do grow up so fast, don’t they?

    We’re instituted full background checks, body scanners and cavity searches at my home for all guests and pets (can’t be too careful!), which keeps me pretty busy, so this will be a short post. Because they hate our freedoms, we’ve taken them away for safekeeping.

    So here’s our fun thing for today: reflecting. So let’s get started:

    State of Things September 11, 2001

    — There was no Islamic State.

    — Syria and Libya were peaceful places more or less.

    — There was no global refugee crisis.

    — There was no Saudi war ongoing in Yemen.

    — Iraq opposed Iran, helping establish a balance of power in the Middle East. Any danger Saddam was worth was contained by the no-fly zones and had been, successfully, since 1991.

    — Iran’s plans were cooled by an enemy on its western border, Iraq, and one on its eastern border, the Taliban.

    — The Taliban controlled much of Afghanistan.

    — The U.S. was not at war, and 4,486 Americans had not died in Iraq and 1,935 had not died in Afghanistan. A bunch o’ brown people were still alive. Suicide was not the most common cause of death in our military.

    — The U.S. was not known as a torturer, a keeper of secret prisons, an assassin with drones.

    — The Saudis were America’s friend and helped finance jihad (in Afghanistan.)

    — America was represented abroad primarily by diplomats.

    — Americans at home were secure, protected from abuses by their government by the First and Fourth Amendments.

    State of Things September 11, 2016

    — There is an Islamic State (and still an al Qaeda) that makes war across the Middle East and commits terrorism in Europe.

    — Syria and Libya are failed states, at war, and sanctuaries for Islamic State and al Qaeda.

    — There is a global refugee crisis that threatens the stability of Europe.

    — There is a Saudi war ongoing in Yemen.

    — Iran has become a dominant power in the Middle East, with well-established ties in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    — The Taliban control much of Afghanistan.

    — The U.S. government actively and continuously spies on Americans, particularly through electronic means. Once aimed only abroad, the NSA now devotes a substantial portion of its mighty resources inside the U.S.

    — The U.S. government drone assassinates American Citizen abroad without trial.

    — The Saudis were America’s friend and help finance jihad (in Afghanistan, Syria, maybe for a day in New York.)

    — We’re all scared as hell about terrorism all the time.

    Crystal is the traditional material of the 15th anniversary gift. Fitting, in that it breaks easily.

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  • Recent Comments

    • 9/11: the path not taken | Phil Ebersole's Blog said...


      […] Happy 9/11 Day by Peter Van Buren. […]

      09/11/16 8:04 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Happy Birthday to all those kids born on this date. In a couple years you can speak to military recruiters at school, and then soon sit at a desk, and play real video games killing people with drones from Creech AFB or other places. What fun terror is. How is that Freedom thing going? Wave multiple flags.

      09/11/16 8:42 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      the neoconservatives like Wolfowitz spoke of a new Pearl Harbor event being needed to get their plans energized. Sounds like they got their wish-or was it just a wish?

      09/11/16 8:47 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      “— The U.S. was not known as a torturer, a keeper of secret prisons, an assassin with drones.”

      Speaking of which…


      Whatever the state of things prior to 9/11, there was one thing that was rampant. Lying. The USG has lied to the public with impunity since WW11. It still does. So whatever else is true, the world knows as fact now, what ever comes out of the mouth of US officials..you can bet your sweet bippy..it’s a bald faced fucking lie. Even when sworn to tell the truth..to Congress.

      And now, we have two of the most prolific liars on the face of this planet, running for President. How precinct. Amerika… you deserve it. Because..Amerika is a fucking, bald faced lie in itself.

      09/11/16 8:52 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Bwahahahahahahahaha… hohohohohohohohoho.. hahahahahahahahaha…..hahaha

      speaking of liars.. behold..

      “The memo from the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation makes very clear that the constant stream of positive pronouncements made by the Joint Program Office and Air Force generals have been false.

      Statements that Gen. Hawk Carlisle, the Air Force’s Air Combat Commander, recently made to the press, and that Joint Program Office chief Lt. Gen. Christopher Bogdan has made in testimony on Capitol Hill, are directly contradicted by the facts reported in the memorandum.” unquote

      Statements.. made in TESTIMONY to Congress. directly contradicted by facts that were produced by the DOD. Lovely. Hahahahaha. These lying sacks of shit never cease to amaze me at their fucking audacity.


      $400 BILLION goddamned dollars.. and it “may” never be ready for combat.

      Folks, how does it feel to be buttfucked?

      09/11/16 9:06 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Imagine, Wolfowitz is now for Hillary the neoliberalcon. Happy Holiday MIC.

      09/11/16 9:07 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Yeah, some people have to suffer, but things are never better at the NSA, CIA, and the FBI, where Failure is an option.

      09/11/16 9:10 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Years ago in the 60’s a friends brother went MIA as a green beret. It took over a year to figure out what happened after pressure on Congress Critters. They finally admitted he was where he wasn’t, Cambodia. On 911 his brother was a first responce Red Cross volunteer at the towers aftermath. Christine Whitman of the EPA said it was safe. I wish his lungs a Happy Crystal Anniversary (He is disabled with lung problems) and sorry he can’t protest wars due to health issues.

      09/11/16 9:20 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      Bonus question…..What country was the security company at Logan Airport connected to? (they don’t have nukes allegedly).

      09/11/16 9:41 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      In another 15 years after the dust finally settles the Dumbest Country on the Planet will wonder where all their money went: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/cia-torture-report/cia-paid-torture-teachers-more-80-million-n264756

      09/11/16 9:47 AM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      Crystal ball : Terminal PNAC attack; rigor mortis setting in.

      09/11/16 9:58 AM | Comment Link

    • “September 11, 2001 — There was no Islamic State. — Syria and Libya… | Dr. Roy Schestowitz (罗伊) said...


      […] "September 11, 2001 — There was no Islamic State. — Syria and Libya were peaceful places more or less." https://wemeantwell.com/blog/2016/09/11/happy-911-day-2/ […]

      09/11/16 9:59 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile… more lies. REAL BAD LIES.

      quote”Unable to deny that two of its bombs had fallen from the sky—one in a swampy meadow, the other in a field near Faro, North Carolina—the Air Force insisted that there had never been any danger of a nuclear detonation. This was a lie.”unquote


      Had Amerika learned the truth at the time, there may have been an outrage so profound it may have stopped the proliferation of US nuclear arms. Now…meh.

      09/11/16 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      1 trillion dollars more for New Improved Nukes planned by Obama and MIC groupies. Feel Safe. No Fear. Have a nice day! Wage Peace…or Obey. Oh yeah, will voting make you feel free?! Write in your pet, or George Clinton for Pres.!

      09/11/16 10:15 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      WE MEANT WELL should send a get well card to Hillarious, who had to leave the 9-11 ceremony because she did not feel well – that she felt overheated. Hillarious says she feels fine, but when’s the last time she told the truth about anything? Perhaps those rumors about her health are true and she is feeling the heat.

      09/11/16 12:26 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      The Eagle Cries. Sweat. Pass out. The people are mad.Stop the killing.Stop the Empire building. Wage Peace.

      09/11/16 1:14 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      chuck said…

      “Wage Peace.”

      chuck, get a clue. The US has FORGOT how to “wage peace”. Moreover.. the DUMBEST COUNTRY ON THE PLANET doesn’t want “peace”. It STILL wants war. Because.. jobs..insanity..psychopathic leadership.. and.. YOU GOT IT.. MONEY.


      09/11/16 5:21 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      In Clinton World overheated, pneumonia…whatever is is.

      09/11/16 5:54 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      What you should never forget about 9-11, the corporate media like the Washington Post lies so much that it can’t tell the truth when it stares it in the face: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/09/06/the-questions-about-hillary-clintons-health-are-absurd/

      09/11/16 7:48 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Ill-ery Clinton came, she saw, and by the look of how she collapsed, it appeared as if she died.

      09/11/16 9:57 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...


      Bauer- no such luck. Evidently she is still alive. But Biden is either energized or terrified. I feel he doesn’t want to be a sub for an ailing Hillary. Sanders……..Wait! Where is that stalking horse for Israel now that his game plan was exposed. Stay tuned this is getting very interesting. PVB better make sure his bubble jet ink cartrieges haee been refreshed.

      09/11/16 10:30 PM | Comment Link

    • chuck said...


      A day has passed. Only 364 more days to the next media bs.

      09/12/16 9:05 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      What we should never forget: the CIA lies for a living:

      “Our intelligence community historically has been very, very careful not to politicize its message,” says David Priess, a former CIA official and author of the The President’s Book of Secrets. To alter intelligence to win over a candidate or achieve some political objective, Priess said, “violates the core ethic of the intelligence community: tell truth to power regardless of what the customer wants to hear.” BULLSHIT

      Another helping of WMD, anyone?

      09/12/16 10:40 AM | Comment Link

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