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Front Page: Pentagon Dedicates Memorial, Bush Allows Pakistan Raids, Thailand Renominates PM

  • Pentagon Dedicates Memorial:
    The two-acre memorial to American Airlines Flight 77 will be dedicated today by President Bush at the Pentagon. The memorial's 184 steel and granite benches are engraved with each victim's name and oriented along the plane's flight path the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Unlike the rest of the Pentagon, the memorial will be open to the public all day, every day, starting at 7 p.m. tonight.
  • Bush Allows Pakistan Raids:
    President Bush approved orders in July to allow American Special Operations forces to carry out ground assaults into Pakistan without approval by the Pakistani government. Officials say they will notify Pakistan when they carry out missions, but that they will not ask for permission.

  • Thailand Renominates PM:
    Two days after being forced to resign due to constitutional misdeeds, Thailand's prime minister has been renominated by his party. The party claims there is nothing in the constitution to stop them from doing so, but the opposition and the thousands of protesters who called for the prime minister's resignation will likely disagree. After a two-hour meeting, Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej said, "I am accepting the nomination in order to protect democracy in the country."


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Lady-Boleyn Lady-Boleyn 8 years
I just got home from the Pentagon Memorial and it was beautiful, well thought out and heartbreaking at the same time.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
My only thought is this is counterintuitive from the person who is talking about rebuilding relations with our allies and neighbors, which is what he is saying now.I don't disagree with what he is saying though.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
UnDave I'm surprised you hadn't heard that. He's been saying all along. I remember it from the primaries.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Thank you liwy.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
Here it is.
livvylove livvylove 8 years Here it is UD.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
But what speach? I'm curious to see where and when he said this.
livvylove livvylove 8 years
That quote was talking about the invasion of Pakistan.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"Seems to me he's suggested a few things that have been criticized at the time of suggestion but over time one by one are coming to fruition. Maybe this young Senator from Illionois is on to something" Where has he suggested anything like this? I've only heard from the certain young senator that we need to set a timeline and get out. He doesn't talk about taking the fight anywhere else, just getting our troops out of harm's way.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I live and work on an Army post and the Department of Defense school children were adorable today!
shmuffin123 shmuffin123 8 years
I work and live in the DC area, so much careful thought went into the memorial, it's really much more than benches along the flight path. I strongly encourage people to check out the details of the memorial. The washington post has a really great breakout interactive of it where you can even click on the benches and read a bio of the victim:
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
"Maybe this young Senator from Illionois is on to something." Perhaps he is....:ponder: But will his opposition give him credit for having thought of this? Probably not.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
glad you enjoyed it dream. I just think that it's important that on today, if on no other day, we come together and put aside the petty arguments we may have.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
"Let that little old lady cut in front of you in line at the grocery store..." I always do that -- as well as letting the person in front of me that has one item -- but I totally get your point. That was beautiful Mykie :) and I love the idea of the memorial - thank you for your post -- it reminded me of what we did at work. I was just waking up when it happened -- and driving to work -- the road were clear - just like on Christmas day - except with cars pulled over to the side and people in tears. I remember being frantic -- my sister was pregnant at the time and she worked a few blocks from the towers. That was one of the scariest days of my life.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I am very pleased with the concept of the memorial. Special Ops forces in Pakistan, hmm, seems to me that there is a young Senator from Illinois running for President that when he suggested the same tactic he was dismissed as an irresponsible fool who doesn't understand. Seems to me he's suggested a few things that have been criticized at the time of suggestion but over time one by one are coming to fruition. Maybe this young Senator from Illionois is on to something.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
The memorial at the Pentagon is beautiful, poignant and peaceful. I will absolutely have to go there and see it for myself.
Mykie7 Mykie7 8 years
Pinkprincess, this is for you dear. :) As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about that fateful morning not so long ago when a group of terrorists shattered the tranquility of our quiet morning. I was getting ready for work that morning when I heard on the news that a plane had flown into one of the towers. The word "terrorism" came up, but I remember thinking that it had to be a mistake. Some pilot had a heart attack or the planes controls went wonky or something, but NEVER in a million years did I imagine it to be what it was. Then as I was on my way to work they said a plane hit the 2nd tower and I knew, as did the rest of America, that we were under attack. I immediately became concerned for my friends and loved ones that lived in and around New York. I kept the radio on the news (Which wasn't hard to do, as every station had interrupted their normal programming by now) and drove the rest of the way to work in complete and utter shock. When I arrived at the office the TV was turned on, something that we never do. Right as I came through the door they said the pentagon had been hit. THE PENTAGON! It couldn't be! The the heroism of those in that plane over Pennsylvania. Our boss offered to send us all home, but we wanted to stay together, as being on the west coast, far from New York, we felt with a fair certainty that we were in no immediate danger. No one got anything done that day. We watched the news, talked, cried, hugged and generally just tried to make sense of what was happening. It was definitely a day that I will never forget. But that wasn't the end. Following this tragedy something absolutely beautiful happened. The country became one. Out the window went "Republicans and Democrats" and into our lives flew "Americans". Neighbors went out of their way to help their neighbors. Friends called Friends they hadn't talked to in forever. Every single state sent aid to New York for the great need that was there. Our Firemen & Policemen became what they should have been all along, heroes. We quickly realized as a nation, that our heroes aren't the Lindsay Lohans and George Clooney's of the world, but our soldiers. Our Policemen. OUR CITIZENS. We are all heroes. I can't remember ever in this nations history being so moved by the solidarity I witnessed. This is what America is all about. Someone attacks one of us, they attack us all. We came together and we healed with our friends and neighbors. The terrorists got exactly the opposite of what they bargained for. Instead of separation and anxiety, they found we became unified and calm against a common enemy. They saw the true strength of what this BEAUTIFUL country of ours stands for, and they cowered. Today, 9/11/08, I ask that we all remember the unity of those days. If not for every day from here on out, then at least for today, let's all be nice to each other. Let's say "Hi" to that stranger on the corner. Let that little old lady cut in front of you in line at the grocery store. If someone makes you angry, just smile to yourself and remember that that is a fellow American and forgive them. If only for today. Maybe, just maybe, "Only for today" can turn into "Only for a week" then "Only for a year" and before you know it, it's the norm. Put on those rose colored glasses with me, and believe that this is possible, because it is.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
If a group of people were accused of committing crimes against people of their country, and our country was allowing them to live in our country without fear of capture, I'd be happy that other country was coming in to get them. Terrorists don't differentiate between countrymen and not when delivering their "retribution" for sins committed against them.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
kastarte, i dont think Pakistan is going to like that very much
livvylove livvylove 8 years
Can you imagine if another country came onto our soil and did this without even informing us they were doing it?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
I can't help but wonder how is Pakistan going to feel about us going into Pakistan with out permission? I hope they won't get hostile.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it's nice that there's going to be a memorial at the pentagon - there's always so much focus on NYC that people don't always remember as quickly that a plane hit there as well. why am i not surprised about the Thailand situation. i think that there's something to be said about a PM stepping down because of the push back that he's getting in office and how there's a lack of popularity and all that - but when he's being renominated - that says that there are people who may not agree with what's being done, they feel that it's still better than what could happen with a new person...right?
sofi sofi 8 years
I am watching the memorials and it is so sad- it feels like yesterday everything got turned upside down! I will be going to the Pentagon sometime soon to see this beautiful memorial.
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