Posted: Sep 09, 2021 12:01 AM
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Dulles, Virginia – “This conflict was begun on the timing and terms of others,” said President George W. Bush at the National Cathedral after the nation was attacked on September 11, 2001. But, he vowed, “it will end in a way and at an hour of our choosing.”
On the 20th commemoration of 9-11, President Biden will visit New York, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. At these sites, he needs to explain why he allowed the Taliban to set the terms of the U.S. exit from Afghanistan, and why he chose to leave Americans behind. Those citizens are being held hostage by the Taliban; prevented from leaving the country.
When Mr. Bush gave these remarks, it was inspired rhetoric, confidently delivered to an angry and injured people who had rallied to their President’s side in a time of crisis. We were only three days removed from the horrific attacks that claimed nearly 3,000 lives. We understood these words to mean the perpetrators would