Appearing in Chicago on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, former Defense Secretary James Mattis recalled how he first heard about the terrorist attacks on his car radio while a brigadier general in the Marines, newly arrived at Camp Pendleton from a senior post in the Pentagon.
George W. Bush has provided, and is providing, much of that pavement. As you know if you’ve been paying attention to the news, this is the 18th anniversary of the murders of almost 3,000 people in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Pennsylvania. I wrote a piece for antiwar.com 6 years after the event and, since I own the copyright, I’m reprinting it here:
The United States will soon deploy soldiers to Afghanistan born after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Next August will mark the 30th anniversary of Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, along with the subsequent American-led military buildup leading to Operation Desert Storm in January 1991. The American military has been directly engaged in the “greater Middle East” since. For the people of Afghanistan and Iraq, the experience of war has extended longer, with this December marking the 40th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan and next September the same for Iraq’s invasion of Iran.
A new book entitled The Only Plane in the Sky: an Oral History of 9/11 records the firsthand accounts of witnesses to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, including detailed interviews with United States government and military officials who were serving at the time. The book, by former Politico magazine editor Garrett Graff, includes the transcripts of the interviews.