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Obama Instructs Us How To Observe 9/11

From an approving New York Times:

White House Issues Guides on Sept. 11 Observances

August 29, 2011

WASHINGTON — The White House has issued detailed guidelines to government officials on how to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with instructions to honor the memory of those who died on American soil but also to recall that Al Qaeda and other extremist groups have since carried out attacks elsewhere in the world, from Mumbai to Manila.

And, of course, POCKEESTAHN. (And never mind that the ISI was probably behind the Mumbai attacks.)

The White House in recent days has quietly disseminated two sets of documents. One is framed for overseas allies and their citizens and was sent to American embassies and consulates around the globe. The other includes themes for Americans here and underscores the importance of national service and what the government has done to prevent another major attack in the United States. That single-page document was issued to all federal agencies, officials said.

"National service" seems to be Mr. Obama’s answer to everything. But before running for the US Senate, exactly what national service did Mr. Obama ever perform?

After weeks of internal debate, White House officials adopted the communications documents to shape public events and official statements, and they sought to strike a delicate balance between messages designed for these two very important but very different audiences on a day when the world’s attention will be focused on President Obama, his leadership team and his nation.

You see, just like everything else, this is all about Mr. Obama.

(By the way, how Mr. Obama’s former church remembered 9/11 in the past is quite a revelation in itself.)

The guidelines list what themes to underscore — and, just as important, what tone to set. Officials are instructed to memorialize those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and thank those in the military, law enforcement, intelligence or homeland security for their contributions since.

But we don’t want to thank the military who are fighting the war on terror too much. The important thing is to stress victimhood. And, of course, "national service" — in any thing other than the military.

“A chief goal of our communications is to present a positive, forward-looking narrative,” the foreign guidelines state.

After all, we don’t want to wallow in the past. With all the blaming of ‘who killed who.’ It’s time to move on.

Copies of the internal documents were provided to The New York Times by officials in several agencies involved in planning the anniversary commemorations. “The important theme is to show the world how much we realize that 9/11 — the attacks themselves and violent extremism writ large — is not ‘just about us,’ ” said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe internal White House planning

No, we have to understand what motivated this young freedom fighters to lash out the way they did.

One significant new theme is in both sets of documents: Government officials are to warn that Americans must be prepared for another attack — and must, in response, be resilient in recovering from the loss

Hasn’t Mr. Obama already reassured the world that the US could absorb another 9/11?

At the same time, Obama administration officials caution that public commemorations here should not cast the United States as the sole victim of terrorism, an argument underscored by killings and maimings [sic] from extremist attacks overseas.

Absolutely. Why do we think we are special? We all remember how on Pearl Harbor day, we used to recall all the other countries that had been attacked out of the blue. It is time honored tradition to remember every other similar incident around the world on such a day.

Some senior administration officials involved in the discussions noted that the tone set on this Sept. 11 should be shaped by a recognition that the outpouring of worldwide support for the United States in the weeks after the attacks turned to anger at some American policies adopted in the name of fighting terror — on detention, on interrogation, and the decision to invade Iraq

Yes, you can see how Mr. Obama is avoiding politicizing this anniversary.

So the guidelines aimed at foreign audiences also call on American officials to praise overseas partners and their citizens, who have joined the worldwide effort to combat violent extremism.

“As we commemorate the citizens of over 90 countries who perished in the 9/11 attacks, we honor all victims of terrorism, in every nation around the world,” the overseas guidelines state. “We honor and celebrate the resilience of individuals, families, and communities on every continent, whether in New York or Nairobi, Bali or Belfast, Mumbai or Manila, or Lahore or London.”

Yes, we must celebrate victimhood all around the globe. And ignore the brave men and women who have fought back against these savages.

The domestic guidelines, entitled “9/11 Anniversary Planning,” are shorter and less prescriptive than the talking points created for overseas audiences. For example, they note that the ceremonies will honor Americans killed in the Sept. 11 attacks but also “all victims of terrorism, including those who had been targeted by Al Qaeda and other groups around the globe.”

But these guidelines also acknowledge that Americans will expect government leaders to explain what steps have been taken to prevent another 9/11-style attack and to encourage Americans to volunteer in their communities this Sept. 11.

Again, victimhood and national service. (But not in the military.)

The domestic guidelines also ask something of Americans that has been lacking in Washington: “We will also draw on the spirit of unity that prevailed in the immediate aftermath of the attacks.”

For the record, here is an example of the "spirit of unity" Mr. Obama felt just one year after 9/11, via his oft-mentioned but seldom directly quoted ‘historic’ anti-Iraq War speech:

Remarks of Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama Against Going to War with Iraq

October 2, 2002

After September 11th, after witnessing the carnage and destruction, the dust and the tears, I supported this administration’s pledge to hunt down and root out those who would slaughter innocents in the name of intolerance, and I would willingly take up arms myself to prevent such tragedy from happening again. I don’t oppose all wars. And I know that in this crowd today, there is no shortage of patriots, or of patriotism.

What I am opposed to is a dumb war. What I am opposed to is a rash war. What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors in this administration to shove their own ideological agendas down our throats, irrespective of the costs in lives lost and in hardships borne.

What I am opposed to is the attempt by political hacks like Karl Rove to distract us from a rise in the uninsured, a rise in the poverty rate, a drop in the median income – to distract us from corporate scandals and a stock market that has just gone through the worst month since the Great Depression. That’s what I’m opposed to. A dumb war. A rash war. A war based not on reason but on passion, not on principle but on politics.

Notice how Mr. Obama attacked President Bush and his advisors. How he politicized the war on terror. Just to make a name for himself, and to stand out from the crowd.

Now let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein. He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied UN resolutions, thwarted UN inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.

But I also know that Saddam poses no imminent and direct threat to the United States, or to his neighbors, that the Iraqi economy is in shambles, that the Iraqi military a fraction of its former strength, and that in concert with the international community he can be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he falls away into the dustbin of history…

Couldn’t the same be said about Moammar Gadhafi? And yet Mr. Obama attacked Libya on far less grounds.

After all, Col. Gadhafi wasn’t shooting at our planes — or supplying terrorists — or violating our ceasefire agreement.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 30th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Obama Instructs Us How To Observe 9/11”

  1. Petronius says:

    “What I am opposed to is the cynical attempt by Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz and other armchair, weekend warriors….” (Nerobama, 2 Oct 2002.)

    Hmmm. Do I detect just a note of anti-Semitism? Perhaps a Rev. Jeremiah Wright-Louis Farrakhan inspired moment?

  2. Right of the People says:

    Do the instructions also include kneeling in the direction of Mecca and thanking Allah?

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..”Government officials are to warn that Americans must be prepared for another attack…….”

    Sometime just prior to the November ’12 elections, we are left to presume. How convenient for the Won to assume the FDR model of “not change(ing) horses in mid-stream”. Wouldn’t we need the continuity of Obama’s “strong leadership” during such a time of crisis? Perhaps this is the transparency of which he speaks.

    • sticks says:

      Transparency: Obama Dictionary of the English Language. 1. A subtle form of deception through which one convinces others that he or she is revealing actual motives or accurate perceptions of his or her true feelings about ; decisions to be made, issues to be dealt with or events that have happened. 2. To convince people that; the water is clear or that all the cards are on the table, when in fact it is not true. 3. To change the defenitions of language so you can tell the public that all will turn out well no matter how it appears to their lying eyes.

  4. Chinnubie says:

    If our fearless leader had it his way(when he is our permanent president) I have no doubt that we will have to pay tribute to the great Islamic people of the Muslim world on 9/11 for showing us the error of our ways on that great day. In his mind we haven’t apoligized enough to make up for all of the “evil” we have committed since the founding of this country.

  5. sticks says:

    ” The White House has issued detailed guidlines…” I wonder what King Obama will be telling his subjects next? What food to eat, how much “volunteer” service they should do after their taxpayer funded education? I’m so glad we changed from having a weak inefficient president to have a rockstar idol king.

  6. canary says:

    Obama is angry because he missed the entire worst attack on U.S. soil in History.

    He wrote he was in car driving when heard of first “accident” and switched the radio channel.

    He missed the entire thing. But, here’s a guy who gave a shout out of happiness over a democrat congressman winning an election, when he first learned of the greatest attack on a U.S. Military Installation
    under his watch. Obama still too busy condemning tea parties.

  7. Mithrandir says:

    Obama is hell-bent on making 1/2 the American population the pack mules for the other 1/2 of the population.

    All this altruistic “national service” nonsense. (another liberal code they themselves have no intention of living under)

    It’s crazy that 1/2 the people are shamed into sacrificing, yet the lazy/stupid other 1/2 has no shame receiving the sacrifice of others.
    ~The shame and guilt is misdirected, however the lazy 1/2 is not pushed into productivity by positive or negative stimulus, so the liberals hope the productive 1/2, that has a conscience, will pick up the slack.

    AYN RAND: http://aynrandlexicon.com/lexicon/selfishness.html

  8. Melly says:

    I’m confident theophobe Mayor Bloomberg received the memo from Obama forbidding prayer at the upcoming ceremony commemorating the attacks.

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