Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A sign that the 9/11 era is passing

President Obama, in his speech last night, said that we did not need to fear retaliation from the Assad government if the US made a military strike against them.  Obama said, “the Assad regime does not have the ability to seriously threaten our military. Any other retaliation they might seek is in line with threats that we face every day."

In other words, the United States is a very well-defended country; our security is as assured as anyone's might be in this world.  We face threats but we can handle them.

For most of the last 12 years, we have been told by our government that our country was in grave danger and that we were vulnerable to terrorist attacks.  Occasional events like the "shoe bomber", the "underwear bomber" and the "pressure cooker bombers" reinforced our fears.**

Last night, we heard a more realistic and more objective President.

President Obama's more realistic evaluation of the threat we face is a sign that we are moving to a new stage in our response to 9/11.

There was a time that the memory of September 11 was terrorizing, evoking the fears of that day, the threat we faced.  This day is a now for memory, for sadness, for grief.  As it should be.

** (As an aside, if a couple hundred cruise missiles are a "pinprick", what should we call a guy with some plastic explosive in his underwear?)

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