What We’re Reading September 12, 2015

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So without further ado, here’s what we’re reading Saturday, September 12, 2015.

Were we wrong about who we thought we were in the days following the horrible 9/11 attacks?

Fourteen years after the greatest terrorist attack on the soil of the United States, one thing is clear: virtually everything we thought about America in the days after 9/11 was wrong.

Reading through the rhetoric and press coverage of the time as we approached this anniversary, a few threads run through nearly every piece and speech. First, that Americans are more united than they have ever been in understanding who we are and our place in the world. Second, that we are grappling with a new and different sort of enemy, but one that will be defeated with the same American attributes that have sustained us in the past. And third, that so long as we act with purpose and clarity, the world will stand with us in what we must do next – that we are not alone.

Fourteen years later, it is astonishing the degree to which these and other lessons of that day have been forgotten, rendered moot, or cast aside.

Shocking as it seems, America didn’t learn much at all from 9/11.

The Washington Post is reporting that U.S. intelligence may have failed recently after it identified but failed to keep a Western hostage, taken by al-Qaeda, under surveillance in Pakistan. It’s another sad turn in the story of Warren Weinstein who was killed during a CIA strike on al Qaeda earlier this year.

Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) should be panicking about what is taking place in Iowa right now.

Politico was able to find some former Mitt Romney operatives who are really tired of having to talk about Donald Trump all the time. In fact, the Romney Team has come back together, not in an effort to see Romney elected, but in an effort to STOP TRUMP. Apparently, these folks have nothing better to do.

The GOP leadership continues to get beat, day after day, by a weak Democrat Party that has no leverage. At some point we have to just realize that the GOP’s leaders just aren’t that smart. For example, John Boehner is once again threatening to sue President Obama (as if this has worked before). Even worse, the GOP’s actions continue to fly in the face of their rhetoric on these issues.

Can’t we just get rid of Boehner and McConnell already?

The GOP also seems hopelessly divided on what to do with the Muslim refugees – even as President Obama pushes to accept 10K of them here.

Another abysmal Obama failure is unfolding in Syria as Russia expands its sphere of influence and opens a new Air Base in Syria.

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