Bush uses this day to justify his crimes.
Here he justifies torture of prisoners.
"We put al Qaeda on the run, and killed or captured most of those who planned the 9/11 attacks, including the man believed to be the mastermind, Khalid Sheik Mohammed. He and other suspected terrorists have been questioned by the Central Intelligence Agency, and they provided valuable information that has helped stop attacks in America and across the world."
Amazingly here not only does he attempt to justify the war on Iraq with 9/11 but implies congress and the United Nations were complicent, when in fact their votes were based on misinformation provided by the Bush adminstration.
"I'm often asked why we're in Iraq when Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks. The answer is that the regime of Saddam Hussein was a clear threat. My administration, the Congress, and the United Nations saw the threat -- and after 9/11, Saddam's regime posed a risk that the world could not afford to take."
Then he moves on the justify illegal wiretapping.
"We've created the Department of Homeland Security. We have torn down the wall that kept law enforcement and intelligence from sharing information. We've tightened security at our airports and seaports and borders, and we've created new programs to monitor enemy bank records and phone calls."
Next came the "it's Clinton's fault" part and he calls the giant steps for peace made by former administrations a "mirage" such as the Camp David Accords that brought peace between Israel and Eygpt after centuries of war, or the development of the Palastinian territorys for the first time since the refounding of Israel.
"We are now in the early hours of this struggle between tyranny and freedom. Amid the violence, some question whether the people of the Middle East want their freedom, and whether the forces of moderation can prevail. For 60 years, these doubts guided our policies in the Middle East. And then, on a bright September morning, it became clear that the calm we saw in the Middle East was only a mirage."
I hoped that on this day of rememberance that even this President would not sink so low as to politicize it, apparently I underestimated him.
"We look to the day when moms and dads throughout the Middle East see a future of hope and opportunity for their children. And when that good day comes, the clouds of war will part, the appeal of radicalism will decline, and we will leave our children with a better and safer world.
On this solemn anniversary, we rededicate ourselves to this cause."
As do we Mr President and the first step to a future of hope and opportunity is to elect a congress that will put a stop to your illegal and failed policies.