By Michael Reagan
May 22, 2004
Along the way this sorry collection of has-beens also attacked the men who headed the police and fire departments on that terrible day, men who earned the nation's undying gratitude for their heroic behavior and that of their men and women as they went about the perilous work saving the lives of thousands trapped in the infernos and in which 346 of their own number died.
As Giuliani told the commission, "Maybe 8,000 more, maybe 9,000 more than anyone could rightfully expect" were taken safely out of the two towers before they collapsed, he recalled, noting that about 25,000 people were evacuated from the World Trade Center.
How did the commission members memorialize them during their televised New York extravaganza?
This whole charade is sickening. Don't these grandstanding has-beens know that on 9/11 between 30,000 and 50,000 body bags were ordered because that's what they thought the death toll would be? They needed fewer than 3,000 thanks to Von Essen and Kerik's courageous men and women. And 346 of the body bags were for their people who died saving others.
Not only did the terrorists fail that day to kill as many as 50,000 innocent people, but the fire and police departments did such a fine job that fewer than 3,000 people lost their lives. For the commission members to sit there and blabber about problems with radio communications and use this side issue to attack the witnesses is typical of their behavior. President Bush made a mistake in agreeing to the establishment of a posse the Democrats wanted so they could find a way to pin the blame on Mr. Bush for what 19 crazed hijackers did on 9/11.
From the very beginning the commission has pandered to a handful of relatives of some of the 9/11 victims who have been allowed to rudely disrupt the hearings in New York as well as in Washington, and are less interested in the facts than they are in assigning blame to such certified American heroes as Rudy Giuliani, Bernard Kerik, and Thomas Von Essen.
When you look back at that horrific day, with a disaster unimaginable and of a magnitude never before seen in New York or any other American city - with mass confusion and utter chaos, with 911 and other communications overloaded, scant knowledge of what was happening in the towers or that that they could come crashing down, with the appalling vision of people leaping to their deaths to avoid being burned alive - the fact that anybody survived borders on the miraculous. And it is largely due to those men who sat before the commission and were forced to tolerate their abuse and that of their jeering peanut gallery in the audience.
It's time to shut this farce
down and send its members back into their well-earned obscurity.
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