President Bush became a war-time President from September 11th on for his entire eight years at the helm. He led our war efforts despite the opposition of the Democrats, the judiciary, and the media. When he was reelected in 2004 he still had most of the American people’s support.
Fast forward a few years and multiple hits in the media the American support for President Bush and his war effort was waning.
Then, came the surge which brought more opposition in Congress but the president persevered, along with the support of John McCain and the brilliant leadership of General David Petraeus. As the 2008 election was looming the success of the surge was becoming obvious.
But the damage had been done and the American electorate believed the snake oil that Barrack Obama was selling.
Our Global War on Terror became an overseas contingency operation and the phrase caused many misgivings, to say the least.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch wrote the following…
“And so now we are engaged in a great Overseas Contingency Operation, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. And be assured: if the Overseas Contingency Operatives succeed in pulling off another Contingency Operation on American soil on the scale of 9/11, or more than one, we will indeed be sorely tested — and utterly unprepared to meet the multifaceted cultural, military, political, and spiritual challenge the enemy presents.”
Following the name change came the odd spell cast on Homeland Security which seemed to be sleepwalking while Jihadist attacks were attempted (with some carried out successfully) on our own soil.
Barrack Obama’s support for the building of the Cordoba Mosque in the shadows of Ground Zero bodes ill for our country.
I will never forget September 11th, 2001, but remembering is not enough.
So what do we do now? What do the next nine years look like from this vantage point? Terrorism has ceased being the top priority of Americans, who are more worried now about the economy and jobs — as it should be. We should go about our business, but with the clarity that while we don’t want to arrange our public lives around terrorism forever, we need to keep the danger in mind as we conduct that business. Recent attack attempts remind us of the potential cost of complacency, but we no longer have the luxury of indulging in sheer ignorance as we did through September 10th, 2001.
Nine years gone, a new generation of Americans are growing up with no memory of September 11th, except for what they learn at school, see on the media or are informed by family.