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Ready or not, Philadelphia, the War on Terror is coming to your backyard.
I cannot forgive George W. Bush.I can’t forgive him for the decision, 10 years ago this week, to invade Iraq—even though that country had made no aggressive move against the United States. I can’t forgive him all the dead and injured U.S. soldiers. I can’t forgive him the tens of thousands (or more) dead and injured Iraqis, so many of them innocent victims of the horror my country unleashed through a series of blundering decisions.
If the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) could compete for an Emmy, it would definitely be a winner. Its “Security Theater” has become a cutting-edge soap opera, replete with comedy, drama and ultimately, tragedy. And the latest episode is making the biggest headlines yet. The TSA is now permitting passengers to carry knives onto planes.
The Daily American reports:U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey is asking that the commissioning ceremony for the USS Somerset be held in Philadelphia.Toomey, R-Pa., wrote to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. In his letter Toomey said that he has received information that the Navy cleared Philadelphia as a potential site.“As you know, the ship’s name honors the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 whose actions prevented terrorist hijackers from reaching their intended target, forcing the aircraft to crash in Somerset County, Pa., on September 11, 2001,” Toomey wrote in the letter, which was released by his staff Monday. “In the words of (former)
You probably didn’t notice when Brittany Gordon came home from Afghanistan in a body bag. It happened in October; the Army specialist, a 24-year-old died in Kandahar of wounds suffered in a bomb attack. And you may have overlooked the news a few days earlier that Sgt. Donna Johnson, a 29-year-old member of the 514th Military Police Company, was killed in Khost when a Taliban suicide bomber attacked her joint U.S.-Afghanistan patrol.
Memo to Mitt Romney, and Republicans generally: President Obama isn’t a wuss. He’s not Jimmy Carter or George McGovern or Neville Chamberlain. He’s not a weak-kneed appeaser who is always surrendering to America’s enemies. More often, he kills them. So please, for the love of God, stop using the same arguments against him that you’ve been using against Democrats since 1972, because they’re not true anymore. And voters know it. Which means you’re making yourselves look silly.
Afghanistan. Mitt Romney never mentions it. President Obama rarely mentions it. It is not a part of the Presidential campaign and neither the voters nor the media seem to care. Polls show the war in Afghanistan is far down the list of the issues Americans care about.It is our forgotten war.Despite the fact that President Obama promised the war would end last summer, there are still 91,000 troops in Afghanistan. When the President was sworn into office, there were 33,000.Twenty-three thousand more troops will be home over the next few days, leaving 68,000. The rest are supposed to come home by
It’s funny how 9/11 can still take over a conversation. Y’know, you’ll be at the office, talking about your TPS reports, and notice it’s almost 9/11 and a half an hour later you’re still engaged with stories of where you were when, what you did when you heard. It’s almost always engrossing stuff, as national tragedies don’t tend to get old (though, as Rudy Giuliani learned, using them for political gain does).
Next Tuesday—on the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on America—Philadelphia will get its own memorial to the terrible events of that day. The new 9/11 memorial will be located just south of the Chestnut Street bridge on the Schuylkill River Trail, and includes a piece of the World Trade Center that fell during the attacks. (Up in New York, a replacement for the Twin Towers is nearly at the end of its construction.) The steel beam is embedded in a granite base, and pays tribute to terrorism's victims, including three Philadelphians who died in the attacks. The dedication ceremony
As a country, we are now more concerned with guarding utility and government computer systems against hackers than we are with real-world troubles like terrorism, or so says a recent study from local computer security giant Unisys. Much like in the Cold War years, which saw the proliferation of the military-industrial complex, Americans today are faced with the constant reminder that someone, somewhere is out to get them, albeit through 1s and 0s rather than nuclear war.