Tell Us: Is America Safer Since the September 11 Attacks?

We want to know what you think. Tell us in the comment section.

Today we remember those who died in the September 11 attacks and their families. In the past 11 years much has changed, but are we any safer?

The attacks served as the starting point for the War on Terror which sent millions of men and women into battle, drastic changes in security, economic affects, cultural and foreign policy changes. The day also marked the start of a manhunt, the arrests of several al Quaeda members, and eventual capture of Osama bin Laden.

Today, we reflect on what happened on that horrific morning and all that has happened since.

We want to know what you think: Is America a safer place today?

Bill Kelly September 13, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Interesting how the President holds a weekly "kill meeting" but is then criticized by Fox news for both being "soft on terrorism" and also goes about killing terrorists for political gain. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/05/31/president-obama-secret-kill-list/ Come can't you make up your mind? Jimmy Carter I don't think so. Lets discuss this election on the merits not on fantasy. If Romney wants to beat this guy most of us wants plans and facts. Thank you.
Vincent DiRico September 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I am not fox news. The facts may still be a bit in flux but one fact (4 bodies being shipped home) CANNOT be disputed. This does not appear to be over and certainly no "spring"!
Bill Kelly September 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Let's bring the draft back Mr. Iron and lets get our military ready to invade and kick butt John Wayne style. Oh wait a second we are 16 trillion in debt and if we put in a draft we have to have a real discussion about using our military in foreign countries, I'm ready for the talk are you?
Vincent DiRico September 13, 2012 at 02:07 AM
is this the same BK, do you live on a one way street? as I said Jimmy #2 knew the protest was going to happen in Egypt! Bill Kelly 11:27 am on Sunday, September 2, 2012 You think advice from the same Condaleeza Rice who before 9/11 ignored all the warnings that an attack on us was imminent is worth hearing?
Bill Kelly September 13, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Huh. You compare him to Carter- What about Reagan who left our Marines as sitting ducks in Beirut and a suicide truck bomber was able to roll through killing over 200 of them .
Anna Bucciarelli September 13, 2012 at 10:21 AM
My understanding is that our embassies ARE considered American soil ... am I correct? If "yes", then we were attacked on American soil in the last couple of days on the anniversary of September 11 .... I consider that a strong message that the terror continues. Some of us may "feel" safer here in the US, but we are not out of the deep, dark woods, make no mistake about that.
Iron Mike September 13, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Yes Anna, by custom, tradition, and by treaty each nation's embassies are considered their sovereign soil, and their embassy personnel have 'diplomatic immunity' from the laws of the host nation. In NYC this causes big problems because all the 'diplomats' at the UN flaunt parking and traffic regulations – leaving the city with hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid parking tickets. AND, there have been serious cases when foreign diplomats committed rape and murder, - and we had to let them depart. Last year we had an embassy employee in Pakistan who in self defense shot a couple of goons who attempted to rob him. The Paks wanted to try him, but we finally got him out of the country. These recent attacks on our embassy are legally the same as storming the White House. Now you're going to see how inept and powerless Mister Obama is. He'll focus on his appearance on the Letterman show.
Vincent DiRico September 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Yes Jimmy Carter #2. Or Mr Vegas? I will let you choose! The more info that comes out on 9/11/2012 the more any reasonable thinker can see the cards are tumbling down (no more "spring" in the air) and the problem is not Mitt. http://www.boston.com/news/world/2012/09/13/protesters-storm-embassy-yemen/us2t4bERzpsuT3d0qcCjHP/story.html
Bob Samson September 13, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Obamas Middle East Foreign Policy is collapsing as I write this.
Iron Mike September 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
He had a Middle East Foreign Policy..??? Does he have ANY foreign policy? I've been thinking that all he was focusing on was eviscerating America's successful people and giving their money away around the world...
Anna Bucciarelli September 13, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Iron Mike ... I hail from the Big Apple and I have known about all you spoke of re: diplomats and the UN ... I have not been in NYC for at least 20 years ... is it still happening to the degree it was when I was a girl. I'm sorry to say I no longer have relatives in NY so have little occasion to visit and catch up, tho I read the NY papers online, but have really seen no mention about this business.
Vincent DiRico September 13, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Mr Vegas -> Baccarat Obama priceless!
Brian September 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Doing "nothing" is not true. Most of the embassy staff had left due to the prior warning of an upcoming demonstration. That is doing something. Or should we have invaded? Now that would have really been doing something. Letting his "guard down" on 9/11 really? In such in unstable country? I would say letting your guard down would be if an attack happened in the United States of America. Not in some country where there is no "real" democracy. It could have happened at any time under anyones term in office including McCain. McCain could not have done anything about it. To think otherwise is just naive. I am curious, all these "act tough"comments that criticize the current administration, what REAL solutions do they have? Wait, that's right, only criticism. The question to the post was "do you think America is a safer place today than after the 9/11 attacks" to which I answered previously yes and explained why. Others like to simply ignore the question and simply overstate their unhappiness over the current White House administration. Whether it be in this post or every other post. Move on from it I say. We already know your opinion.
Vincent DiRico September 14, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Yes he let his guard down. I'm now reading there was a 48 hour warning, we lost our ambassador for 6 - 8 hours, based on that he did NOTHING. Your response was correct on just one point, the thread asked if America is safer. If you ignore the fact that this plague is now spread all over the middle east region then the answer could be MAYBE. If you look at the FACTS there is only one answer and it is NO and due to a clear lack in leadership.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 03:38 AM
9/11 changed America forever. For those who lived through it life will never be the same. If anything it made us feel vulnerable. Much the same as I would imagine the attacks of Pearl Harbor had on those who lived through the "day of infamy". Point is that to think that somehow this administration is to blame is just ridiculous. It wouldn't matter who was in office. If Mitt Romney gets elected tomorrow it would be naive of me to think in 3 years "America" would be any safer. There are those out there who threaten us for who we are as a nation and will always be plotting against us. Do we really think that a specific government policy would have prevented the people from attacking our embassies/consulate? As a result of some ludicrous film or for any other reason? Blaming the President for what happened in an election year is easy.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 03:39 AM
A leader could have done what specifically (not generalizations but specifics)? What specifically could have this administration done to stop the impending attacks on foreign soil? Send in the military? Do we even know who is really in control of these areas? Call them (whomever "them" is - do you know?) and tell "them" there would be "hell to pay". I could see that working. Really I am curious? I'll use your term; the "poison" (plague) has been going on the middle east longer than you and I have lived and it will continue to always do so. History has shown us. The United States of America will never will eliminate the threats from that area of the world or in any other for that matter.
Vincent DiRico September 14, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Did we apologize for Pearl Harbor? NO Did we apologize to the Russian's during the cold war? NO ... Leaders did what was in the best interest of America. This 4 year apology and appeasement tour will be over soon.
Anna Bucciarelli September 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM
For what my opinion is worth, I think we have done all we can, given blood, guts and money to the Middle East and it is simply hopeless to expect anything but what is happening now. Except for Israel, we ought to just get out of there once and for all, sever all relations with all those countries which have shown such little appreciation for years of our effort. I don't think it would be a sign of defeat, just a sensible acceptance that we can do no more. Open up our pipelines, let our own oil flow into our land. We really don't need them. Sadly, they don't realize how much they need us. Just my thought ... get out of there and come home at last.
Anna Bucciarelli September 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM
And ...no need to EVER apologize for who we are and what we stand for! Appeasement only increased the horrors of WW11 ... remember?
Vincent DiRico September 14, 2012 at 11:18 AM
Also, please go back and take a look at what candidate Obama had to say about foreign affairs (the Iraqi troop surge, the good war, the middle east, ...) , he did not keep his mouth shut. He had a 4 year try at it, now we are not expecting the whole middle east to be a rose garden BUT clearly it ain't working! http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/14/world/meast/embassy-attacks-main/index.html?hpt=hp_c1
Brian September 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Again you state your opinion on the current Administartion which all of us already know but you don't tell us what they specifically did do, didn't do or should do. No surprise there. "Keep his mouth shut" or "Apologize". Can you be more specific and site sources? Or is this just your opinion? What would you do dirfferently with regards to Syria? North Korea? China? Besides just stating an opinion based on no facts I think most of here would like to know. Name calling is your MO so keep spreading the "poison". Start making an argument based upon fact and not opinion and then we can have a decent conversation.
Vincent DiRico September 14, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"take a look at what candidate Obama had to say about foreign affairs (the Iraqi troop surge, the good war, the middle east, ...) " -> do some research "What would you do dirfferently" -> my thoughts are logged in this thread, go take a look -> "hell to pay", ... and it would not be with $s from the US
Iron Mike September 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
To Brian; Not to deflate your ego [sir], but simply to inform you... None of the patriotic conservatives who write comments here have much interest in 'having a decent conversation' with you. They've pretty much written you off as an Obama apologist. Most of us are making comments so that curious and uninformed readers will get a balanced perspective on issues and events. That's pretty hard in this state where Taxocrats outnumber thinking patriots. If you wish to converse with like-minded Obamaphiles, - try the nearest Starbucks, or drop into Niki's office. She still worships her MEssiah.
Al September 14, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Mike, I'm curious why you think we're not safer now based on the fact we haven't been attacked in all the years of Obama's presidency. Even if you're giving Bush a pass on 9/11 then certainly we have been attacked just as much on either of their watches ( well there was the whole deadly anthrax thing that went unsolved but we'll give him a mulligan on that too...as it mainly affected public sector employees who aren't people in your estimation). The exception - we've killed a lot more high ranking terrorists abroad in the past 3 years than during bush's terms. I love your Starbucks quip too - yes lets make judgements about people's morals and value by the retail establishments they shop at. The left enjoys that same game, go see "people at Walmart" websites. So in my book you 'conservatives' and 'liberals' are all the same. Demand respect but give none and have no time to understand how things might actually be different for your fellow citizens. Here's why I like Obama, for the past 4 years I've had a steady well paying job in software, my wife has had equal luck in her job in the healthcare field. Our 401Ks tanked at the end of bush's term but now for the first time they are above their 2008 values. We sold one house at a profit and moved into a nicer one. We have good schools in our new town and great job prospects (seriously if I got fired today I could find a job on Monday). Honestly if that happened under McCain I'd be saying "eh, stick with him another 4 years".
R Gagnon September 14, 2012 at 06:42 PM
You cannot separate the muslim's ideology from their actions when it is their ideology that drives their actions. The fact is they have attacked us. Major Hasan was a muslim terrorist attack. The attacks on our embassies are muslim terrorist attacks. And the embassies are sovereign American soil. Any attack on an American embassy is an attack on American soil.
R Gagnon September 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Well stated and absolutely true.
Brian September 15, 2012 at 01:39 AM
To suggest I am not patriotic shows that you know nothing about me. I apologize for nothing or no one. I don't care about people's political allegiance. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, voicing/showing their support and voting for whom they choose. That is what makes America great. However I think it is just ignorant when people do things like name calling. Disrespecting the President (Republican, Democrat, white, blue, purple or whatever) is unpatriotic.
Iron Mike September 15, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Brian, this pResident has long ago burned through any grudging 'respect' I might have held him for getting elect. In the Army I served in - respect was given to the uniform and the rank - upon first contact. Everything after that had to be EARNED. This particular individual has TOTALLY EARNED my eternal loathing!
Brian September 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
And I could respect your opinion as you just stated. But I couldn't respect your opinion when you were suggesting I am unpatriotic or by the sarcastic name calling because I happen to disagree with you. You wouldn't earn anyones respect that way and you would be no better than those you were disrespecting. I was taught by my relatives that served, by my family members and my church to respect others and their opinions. Even if they disagree with you.
Anna Bucciarelli September 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM
'scuse me? "...we haven't been attacked in all the years of Obama's pesidency..."? What do you call what is happening presently in our embassies (our American soil, by the way) throughout the middle east and elsewhere? Open your eyes, it has little to do with conservative and liberal ideologies, it has to do with ineptness and very poor judgement. For goodness sake, in the final analysis the President is the one to call the shots, the buck really does stop at his desk (which he desicrates with his big feet, not respecting the historical value of that very desk). I belong to no party, my opinions are based on performance and let me just say that the present performance of this President leaves very much to be desired, along with all of the questionable people he has and does surround himself with. Past performance is an indicator of future decisions .... praise and vote for whomever you wish ... just don't expect the rest of society to step in line with your thinking. I repeat,, we ARE being attacked and it is, indeed, under the present President's watch. We are far from"safe" and just may not be for a very, very long time.


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