It’s now been 11 years since we saw the Twin Towers fall on 9/11, an anguishing day of searing death and horrifying ash – a fireball of pain that delivered a stiletto into the heart of America.
The blisters from such a violent rupture of America’s security and serenity likely will never vanish in our lifetime.
What haunts us all is wondering if we could have done more to prevent this terroristic tragedy.
Apparently so. The Bush administration reportedly was asleep on watch.
Increasing evidence indicates that the Bush administration, preoccupied with Iraq, received repeated dire warnings in the months preceding 9/11 that an attack was imminent from a terrorist group presently in the U.S.
But some in the administration considered the warning to be just bluster. In response, the CIA prepared an analysis that all but pleaded with the White House to accept that the danger from al Qaeda and bin Laden was real.
In the aftermath of 9/11, Bush officials tried to deflect criticism that they had ignored CIA warnings by saying they had not been told when and where the attack would occur.
But had the government heeded those repeated warnings and been on high alert, perhaps the specifics of the impending attack could have been uncovered and enabled us to prevent that Day of Infamy.
The specter of negligence by the Bush administration is haunting and frightening.