September 11th, 2001 was one of the lowest days in my life. I didn’t have much time to reflect in the days immediately after the attack, as I was kept busy with our news coverage. But I remember sitting on my porch swing that following weekend and feeling quite depressed. I simply couldn’t understand why anyone would want to do something that awful to the U-S-A and Americans.
I agreed with President Bush’s initial responses to 9/11. But as time went by it became clear the operation in Afghanistan was harmed by battling between the C-I-A and the military. Getting our nation’s intelligence branches to work together was a major challenge for President Bush.
I flatly disagreed with the invasion of Iraq. And I have always been critical of the decision to put two wars on a credit card.
Bin Laden is dead … and our involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq is winding down, and that’s good. But the loss of life and the criminal fiscal irresponsibility of our politicians leave a foul taste in my mouth … now eleven years after 9/11.
Our thought for today is from Jackie Joyner-Kersee:
“It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.”