How desperately does Andrew Sullivan crave attention? So much so that he is lazily promoting and pandering to idiotic 9/11 Truthers who are pointing to a column I wrote six months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks as proof that I am part of the tinfoil brigade.
If you can’t see a distinction between asking reasonable questions before they’ve been answered and asking paranoid questions long after they have been definitively answered, you are blind or dumb. Or both.
Here is what I wrote in December 2004:
Don Rumsfeld’s remarks regarding Flight 93 having been “shot down” over Pennsylvania caused a bit of buzz over the weekend. Here’s what he said:
And I think all of us have a sense if we imagine the kind of world we would face if the people who bombed the mess hall in Mosul, or the people who did the bombing in Spain, or the people who attacked the United States in New York, shot down the plane over Pennsylvania and attacked the Pentagon, the people who cut off peoples’ heads on television to intimidate, to frighten — indeed the word “terrorized” is just that. Its purpose is to terrorize, to alter behavior, to make people be something other than that which they want to be.
The lingering questions about Flight 93 have always centered on whether the hijackers crashed the plane into the ground or whether we were forced to shoot it down. Rumsfeld’s comment suggests something I had never heard before–that the terrorists themselves shot down the plane.
That doesn’t make sense and Rumsfeld was clearly tired.
So, was the plane shot down or not? The 9/11 Commission investigated the matter. It concluded that Flight 93 was not shot down, but raised questions about whether NORAD would have been capable of shooting down the plane if the passengers had not brought it down themselves:
NORAD officials have maintained that they would have intercepted and shot down United 93. We are not so sure. We are sure that the nation owes a debt to the passengers of United 93. Their actions saved the lives of countless others, and may have saved either the Capitol or the White House from destruction.
Whatever you believe, the renewed attention to Flight 93 can serve as a valuable teachable moment for both the press and the public. Are combat air patrols equipped to handle another 9/11 today? Is NORAD better prepared than it was three years ago? Are we mentally ready to accept the possibility of a shootdown to avert a terrorist attack? Or will The Unhinged Ones paralyze the government from making such decisions in the future?
I’ll let See-Dubya at Junkyard Blog administer the rest of the spanking:
See, the difference here is that once evidence did come out, Michelle was able to evaluate it and arrive at a reasonable conclusion.
The other difference, of course, is that even if she did float the possibility (one that many people were talking about then) that an F-16 shot down Flight 93 with a missile, the idea behind that theory was that the decision might have been reached to prevent Flight 93 from reaching DC and acting as a fourth terrorist suicide bomb against the U.S. Capitol.
In other words, Michelle knew quite clearly then that the people responsible for the 9-11 attacks were Al Qaeda. A little later in the column–on another angle about the possibility of a gunshot onboard American Flight 11, she refers to a suppressed FAA report that “detailed the alleged shooting of Flight 11 passenger Daniel Lewin by hijacker Satam Al Suqami.”
Not by Dick Cheney. Not by Paul Wolfowitz. Not by Ariel Sharon. Not by some secret cabal of Cthulu-worshipping Blackwater wet-work ninjas who snuck in and wired up WTC-7 with invisible gelignite on Sept. 10th. By the Al Qaeda hijackers.
That leaves a few miles of daylight between Michelle v. 2002 and Rosie O’Donnell or Alex Jones, who think our own government blew up the Towers and are just pretending it was Al Qaeda. But by wackadoodle Truther logic, even though she never shared the central tenet of Trutherism and regards it (and its degenerate priesthood) with alarmed contempt, Michelle’s questions about a few details in the government narrative somehow mean she used to be one of them.
Now, Unhinged Ones, go take your tinfoil and shove it.
Allah drives the final nail in the coffin with a look back at Sullivan’s tinfoil-rattling.
Yes, that’s chutzpah.
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