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As most sentient beings marked with grief or rage or empathy the 17th anniversary of 9/11 - a day that begot 3,000 deaths at home and, ultimately, hundreds of thousands across a ravaged Middle East - the sick schmuck in the White House offered a stunningly unseemly double fist bump en route to a memorial event. Landing at an airport near Shanksville, Penn., Trump happily strode to a clump of waiting supporters and gave a grimacing fist pump like he was at one of his "hillbilly hootenannies" and "pumped to commemorate some deaths y'all." Normal people were appalled: Most succinctly, "What. Is. WRONG. With. Him." Perhaps they momentarily forgot his other grotesque 9/11 responses: Boasting his building was now the tallest in New York (it wasn't), claiming thousands of Muslims cheered the attack (they didn't), ripping off recovery money (really) and, ever classy, extending a few years ago his “best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th,” like it was a goddamn wedding.
It wasn't. Instead, notes Esquire's Charlie Pierce, it was an ugly chance for GOP opportunists to "carry out the imperial projects about which they'd been dreaming for decades," and to put in place long-disputed authoritarian measures ostensibly needed to support their calamitous, forever, over 4.6-trillion-dollar-and-still-counting war. While most people were praying and hurting and still reeling, he writes with fury, "The Iraq War, with all its terrible consequences, intended and unintended, was launched on September 11, 2001. Four planes were hijacked that morning. A country's grief and pain was hijacked later that day." Today, he goes on, as we remember the fallen, let's remember Rumsfeld, Cheney et al - those "telling you today how much 'changed' that day (who) were responsible for some of the changes that never should have happened - Iraq, rendition, torture, warrantless surveillance," the unimaginable loss of innocent lives. Remember, too, they have all escaped responsibility and consequence. So yes. Never forget.
First responders on 9/11
A man carries his daughter in Mosul, Iraq. CNS photo by Goran Tomasevic/ Reuters