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ON THE MORNING of Sept. 11, 2001, Americans -- and the world -- froze, saddened and angry. Five years later, we stop to remember those we lost and those who have sacrificed in our defense since, and to reflect on what we must learn. History will define us not by the events of that day but by who we choose to become as a result.
Regrettably, ABC has chosen not to document but to dramatize this most critical of times. Its miniseries, The Path to 9/11, opted for fiction when fact is needed and chooses myth-making when the candor of history is called for. The 9/11 Commission report tells the story with clear-eyed honesty, precision and studious impartiality. The ABC drama does not. The commission spent hours interviewing virtually everyone connected not just with the events of that day but those involved in counterterrorism over 25 years -- Republican as well as Democrat. ABC did not.
Many senior officials from President Clinton's administration, along with key members of the 9/11 commission, have publicly challenged the distortions and inaccuracies of The Path to 9/11. From the part of the story I know firsthand, ABC has done the American people a disservice. Drama may be more profitable than reality, but at what cost to our national history?
One of the myths perpetuated by ABC played out in the steamy port city of Aden, Yemen, in October 2000, using an FBI agent out of New York, John O'Neill, and the U.S. ambassador to that country. According to the mythmakers, a battle ensued between a cop obsessed with tracking down Osama bin Laden and a bureaucrat more concerned with the feelings of the host government than with the fate of Americans and the realities of terrorism. I know this is false. I was there. I was the ambassador.
I am not here to either defend or attack O'Neill. He was a complex man. But what happened after al-Qaida's attack on the U.S. destroyer Cole was a complex story. Within hours, our embassy in Sana, Yemen, received support from Washington, U.S. military commands in the region and neighboring U.S. embassies. Within days, our presence in Aden went from zero to more than 300 people from the Navy, Marines, the intelligence community, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the FBI, the State Department and my embassy. We had a clear and common goal: Honor those killed by finding those guilty.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....
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Re: Former Ambassador to Yemen debunks the "Path to9-11"
Originally Posted by GJAJ15
Did you notice the silence from the right is deafening, difficult to contest the truth... particularly from someone who was there.
Not sure what you are trying to say here. I don't believe anyone here defended the ABC show as a documentary...there doesn't seem to be anything to comment on.
IMO ... many hypocrites have been exposed here however. When Mike Moore's Farenheit 9/11 came out I was mad that it was allowed to be called a documentary...because it was not. Even Moore admitted later that it was a documentary mixed with his own opinion...good enough, at least he admitted it later.
But some people here stuck by that story for a long time and some here still do...that Moore's show was a documantary.
So, we have a show that IS NOT a documentary (ABC) that is raising h@ll all over the place because it is not a documantary (no duh!!!). Yet these same people had no problem with a sham documentary that they denied was anything but.
You can call an orange an orange if it is an orange. But to call an orange an orange when it claims it is just a peach is pure B.S. by people who have much to hide.