Bossier Mayor: Never Forget [To Exploit] 9-11

A few points about Bossier’s 9-11 memorial yesterday.

One, love the mixed metaphors:

“We stood up to the plate and rose to the occasion,” Police Chief Mike Halphen, Sammy Halphen’s brother, said of first responders and the general public on that day.

If all you can come up with is cliches, are you really feeling the occasion?

Or, and this is point two, was the purpose actually something other than a pure memorial? Looks like it was:

[Bossier Mayor Lo] Walker also used the opportunity to mention potential threats in cyberspace, an apparent reference to Barksdale Air Force Base’s bid to become the national hub for the Air Force’s cyber warfare center, Cyber Command.

Rudy Giulliani would be proud.

Finally, this quote perplexes me:

“We are better today than we were seven years ago,” said Fire Chief Sammy Halphen, . . . “We are better. … We are renewing what we know is right, renewing our vow to do what is right,” Sammy Halphen said.

Really? This is a better country today than it was on September 10, 2001? And that’s because of 9-11? I can think of a bunch of ways we are worse off today than before the attacks. We now torture. We hold people indefinitely without trials. We eavesdrop on Americans without warrants. What little was left of the fourth amendment is gone. Politicians trump every argument about liberty with scare tactics about terrorists. Iraq. Gitmo.

Or are you going to tell me that as a result of 9-11, we are more tolerant, and more united today? All you have to do is pay attention to the divide and conquer tactics of the McCain campaign to know that’s b.s. We’re more divided and angry today than at any time pre-terrorist attacks.

I’m not saying this is a bad country. I’d rather live here than anywhere else. Despite the best efforts of both parties, this is still a free country. I’m just saying that anyone who thinks 9-11 accomplished more good than harm hasn’t been paying attention.

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2 Comments on “Bossier Mayor: Never Forget [To Exploit] 9-11”

  1. Himself Says:

    Cyber Command? Weren’t they allied with the Transformers in the battle against the Decepticons?

  2. wheeler Says:

    that’s possible, but i’ve been trying to forget that movie ever since i saw it.

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