Presidents’ Remarks Concerning September 11, 2001 – September 11, 2012

September 12, 2001

President Bush

The following is the full text of President Bush’s public remarks during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday.

PRESIDENT BUSH: I just completed a meeting with our national security team, and we’ve received the latest intelligence updates.

The deliberate and deadly attacks, which were carried out yesterday against our country, were more than acts of terror. They were acts of war.

This will require our country to unite in steadfast determination and resolve. Freedom and democracy are under attack. The American people need to know we’re facing a different enemy than we have ever faced.

This enemy hides in shadows and has no regard for human life. This is an enemy who preys on innocent and unsuspecting people, then runs for cover, but it won’t be able to run for cover forever. This is an enemy that tries to hide, but it won’t be able to hide forever. This is an enemy that thinks its harbors are safe, but they won’t be safe forever. This enemy attacked not just our people but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world.

The United States of America will use all our resources to conquer this enemy. We will rally the world. We will be patient. We’ll be focused, and we will be steadfast in our determination. This battle will take time and resolve, but make no mistake about it, we will win.

The federal government and all our agencies are conducting business, but it is not business as usual. “…I will carry this,” said President Bush during a joint session of Congress, September 20, 2001. “It is the police shield of a man named George Howard, who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others. …This is my reminder of lives that ended, and a task that does not end.” Courtesy George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. (P7616-14a)We are operating on heightened security alert. America is going forward, and as we do so, we must remain keenly aware of the threats to our country.

Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.

This morning, I am sending to Congress a request for emergency funding authority so that we are prepared to spend whatever it takes to rescue victims, to help the citizens of New York City and Washington, D. C., respond to this tragedy, and to protect our national security.

I want to thank the members of Congress for their unity and support. America is united. The freedom-loving nations of the world stand by our side. This will be a monumental struggle of good versus evil, but good will prevail. Thank you very much.

September 23, 2012

During an appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Mr. Obama was interviewed by Steve Kroft about the events in Benghazi (partial transcript). During this interview, Mr. Obama deliberately dodged acknowledging or using the word “terrorism”:

KROFT: “Mr. President, this morning you went out of your way to avoid the use of the word ‘terrorism’ in connection with the Libya attack.”

OBAMA: “Right.”

KROFT: “Do you believe that this was a terrorist attack?”

OBAMA: “Well, it’s too early to know exactly how this came about, what group was involved, but obviously it was an attack on Americans. And we are going to be working with the Libyan government to make sure that we bring these folks to justice, one way or the other.”

September 11th: Twelve Years Later

by Cap Black

September 11, 2001 found me busily visiting my downtown post office box, oblivious to foreign affairs despite having a lifelong interest in them.

I walked into the main area, and noticed a radio playing loudly – which was very odd. I asked the postal worker what was wrong and she said, “They attacked us.”

She then described two airliners hitting the World Trade Center in New York and I immediately called my maternal grandmother and filled her in.

From that point forward, I knew things would change. The specifics of said changes would come in time but one thing I knew with deadly certainly was this generation of Americans would be facing some form of mobilization.

Fast forward to 2013 and with hindsight I see this mobilization hasn’t quite assumed the universal call to arms of the Greatest Generation during World War II.

The presidential baton has passed from Bush to Obama and some loudly wonder if government is mobilizing against the public.

For me, September 11, 2001 means a tragic day when flame and spilled blood forged a bond that suspended racial and partisan bickering, as we became ‘one’ to face a brutal enemy whom experts knew had been stalking America for years.

As an anti-crime activist and Frederick Douglass liberty messenger ( [Preview]) the worst crime is if the pregnant warning of this day of days goes unheeded:

Free your people to defend themselves instead of over regulating their right to self-defense against enemies, foreign and domestic, without any regulations!

Cap Black The Hood Conservative

Anti-Crime Activist


Cap Black is a Contributing Writer to The Bold Pursuit

9/11: Lessons Unlearned

by Robert Arvay

The difference between 9/11/2001 and December 7, 1941, is the difference between lessons learned and lessons not learned. When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, America responded swiftly and decisively. Despite ferocious suicide attacks by the enemy, despite approximately a third of a million Americans killed by Japan and its German ally, and despite early defeats that left the outcome of the war in doubt for some, despite all that and more, America and its allies prevailed.

September 11, 2001, is a different story. On that day, comparisons to Pearl Harbor were spoken by many. The president proclaimed that the enemy would be hunted down and punished. But from that point on, the comparisons fell apart.

It was almost as if, in the aftermath of more than two thousand dead at Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt had attended kabuki, a form of theater identified with Japanese culture. Kabuki is a form of puppetry, its most notable characteristic being that the people who control the puppets are not hidden from the view of the audience, but merely camouflaged. Westerners ask, if the audience can plainly see the puppeteers, doesn’t that spoil the show? Ah, but the audience members deal effectively with that. They do so by simply ignoring the obvious, by studiously refusing to see the people who are moving, and speaking for, the puppets. In their minds, only the puppets are there, moving and speaking on their own.

Roosevelt did nothing to celebrate Japanese culture. He did not declare that Japanese culture is a culture of peace. He did not invite Japanese speakers to the national cathedral to give speeches. Bush did invite a Moslem imam to help eulogize the victims of 9/11. The speech given by the imam was memorable for its utter lack of anything memorable, except perhaps for the absence of anything resembling passionate sympathy for the victims. It was kabuki, nothing more, an effort to ignore the obvious.

Even as late as April 15, 2013, little if anything had been learned. Yet another terrorist attack by Islamic terrorists killed three Americans and maimed dozens more. The attack was utterly preventable. Once again, the obvious had been ignored.

Nidal Hasan, an Army major, was well known by his commanders to be associated with Islamic extremism. They ignored the obvious, and Hasan went on to murder thirteen Americans and wounded dozens more. Had 9/11 never happened?

On December 25, 2009, an Islamic extremist named Abdulmutallab, but now known as “the underwear bomber,” attempted to murder scores of people on an airline over Detroit. What followed was a comedy of errors that is breathtaking in the acts of stupidity by those who should have applied lessons learned to prevent further attacks. Instead, the focus was on reading the terrorist his rights, and emphasizing the importance of ignoring Abdulmutallab’s ties to his Islamist puppeteers.

Incident after incident, attack after attack, has been met by the United States government, by members of both major political parties, not with principled opposition to the greatest military threat this nation faces, but instead with political correctness. The emphasis is not on defending the nation, but only on getting reelected.

The lessons of 9/11 have not been learned. They are being earnestly ignored. The victims in the World Trade Center are largely forgotten, and worse than forgotten, posthumously silenced, so that the lesson they could teach us is shouted down by those who are overly concerned with the possibility that Islamists might be offended.

President Truman never shrank from offending the Japanese. He nuked them.

Ultimately, the United States will go to war with its extremist enemies. It is unavoidable. While we negotiate, while we dither, while we watch sitcoms even while we attend kabuki, the enemy wages a war of annihilation against us. Eventually, the United States will strike back, and millions will die.

But for what? Because the president of the United States made blustering threats? Because he forgot that there is a difference between real world policy and giving speeches in the teachers’ lounge? Because the Islamists have finally embarrassed even him, a man, who heretofore, has seemed incapable of feeling shame?

The difference between 12/7/41 and now is that, after Pearl Harbor, in less than four years, we won the war. Since then, we have learned nothing.

Robert Arvay is a Contributing Writer to The Bold Pursuit®

A Mother’s Hope

This week, we begin our annual Remembrances for the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks, as well as the attack on the Benghazi embassy on 9/11/2012. We begin with a poem by a new contributor to The Bold Pursuit, Thomas Gilleece. ~ Clio, Publisher

A Mother’s Hope

by Thomas Gilleece, Guest Contributor

When you were young, it wasn’t difficult to keep you safe and warm
Together – love, our tether – we would weather every storm
I dried your eyes, wiped your nose, and came each time you’d call
A Band-Aid on your boo-boo, and a kiss each time you’d fall
A fence around the yard helped to widen my embrace
A plug in every socket, cabinets locked up, just in case
Buckle up your seat belt; wear a helmet when you ride
Zipper up your jacket, wear a hat – it’s cold outside!
In a world that’s filled with danger, I did everything I could
I prayed I made you cautious, and I hoped you understood

Too soon our hold starts to slip
And we loosen our grip,
As our children set sail on an uncharted trip;
Like delicate flowers, they, too, need to grow,
With reluctance,
We lift up our wings…
And let go

But we must always be vigilant, our work is never done
I’m torn to think I could have been more watchful of my son
I’m tortured by the memories, so painful to recall,
Of a lifetime with my baby, in the days before the fall
One morning keens so loudly, in the stillness of my heart
When the silent dreams were broken and my world was torn apart
You once asked if there were monsters, your young eyes were open wide
I told you monsters don’t exist (I’m sorry that I lied)
And I guess we all now realize that there’s no place we can hide
9/11 changed all that – the day my baby died

So I wander through the ashes, in the darkness still I grope
For something I can cling to … and all I find is hope

I hope somebody held you on the day the towers fell
I hope you never saw the way the skyline merged with Hell
I hope you know I’ve loved you every moment since your birth
I hope you felt that love in your last minutes on this earth
I hope you didn’t suffer, and I hope you weren’t scared
I hope you know I’d give my life, if somehow you’d be spared
I hope you know you’re with me, in my heart and in my soul
I hope you know without you, I will never be quite whole
I hope that you’re in Heaven, and that God has eased your pain
I hope that I can see you soon, and hold you once again

After 9/11, there’s only one way I can cope
I hope for death, I hope that it comes soon
I hope … I hope