Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Barry Ritholtz on 9/11

Barry Ritholtz talks about Bush and 9/11 here. A snippet:

When people ask why I dislike the presidency of George W. Bush, it was that colossal failure to rise to greatness on that occasion, and indeed, to engage in a series of decisions that not just in retrospect, but at the time, simply reflected terrible judgment.

Unlike many others, I only blame W in small part for ignoring the warning pre-9/11. But for the catastrophic series of decisions that followed, I hold him 100% accountable.

After 9/11, the entire world supported the United States of America. Iranians held candlelight vigils. NATO pledged immediate support. What the heck happened from September 2001 to November 2008, and why did it take so long for Americans to reject Bush's policies?

The comments on Barry's blog are also worth reading--here's one from "How the Common Man Sees It":

Though we are quite in agreement on economic matters, I am a conservative Christian that disagrees with you on many issues and I have told you so many times.

This one is not one of them.

One of the greatest failings of the modern conservative movement is its inability to admit when it was wrong. The desire to circle the wagons is only making their circle smaller. That provides for even less protection in the long run. I am beginning to believe that conservatives created, or at least inflamed the rebellion of the ’50’s and ’60’s due to rigidness alone. I just hope we learn in time so that we aren’t lost in the wilderness for another generation. The Western world can no longer afford a one party state.

Here is my post on terrorism, titled, "The Unusual Suspects."

More links:

http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/moussaoui/zmsamit.html

http://www.historycommons.org/entity.jsp?entity=david_frasca

http://blogs.state.gov/

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