It’s hot, muggy; the heat is oppressive, even Sept. 11, 2001, was bright blue, a clear sky, the perfect kind of September day.
Until, of course, it wasn’t.
Twelve years after that horrible, horrible day, where are we? Are we demonstrably better off? Are we safer? Do we have, to quote the president last year on the campaign trail, al-Qaida on the run?
Sadly, the answer appears to be no.
Today, the names were read aloud. The bells tolled again at those fateful times, the moments the planes crashed into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, the field in Shanksville, Pa. The moments the two towers fell.
The moments 2,977 of our fellow citizens were killed.
By 19 cowards. Nineteeen terrorists who died for a cause as hollow, as morally bankrupt as those men were.
And yet, where are we today? We have an administration that refers to terror attacks as man-caused disasters.
Who called the murders at Fort Hood, Texas by a radical Islamist who also happened to be a military psychiatrist as workplace violence.
And who have yet to take one action against anyone who killed those four Americans at Benghazi, Libya, just one year ago.
Have we gotten anywhere? Are we any closer to the day when we don’t have to worry about terrorism?
The president’s supporters point out that during his administration, more terrorists were killed than were under George W. Bush.
And that may well be true.
But under this administration, we have no justice for Benghazi. We have no clear idea of what we are doing in Syria – except to promise the world that whatever we do, it will be “unbelievably small.”
How many of America’s enemies werer quaking from that threat?
During his speech last night, the president made his case as to why we should strke Syria, and then promptly took it off the table. He said we would hope that the Russian initiative would eliminate the need for war.
Because, of course, Russia has always had our back. Russia has always our best interests at heart..
What could possibly go wrong?
Back during last year’s presidential campaign, long before the infamous hug, Gov. Chris Christie used to say that if President Barack Obama was in a dark room, and couldn’t find the light switch of leadership.
Tonight, the twin lights will pierce the night sky at the World Trade Center site, serving as a beacon for those lost, and a reminder of what happened that terrible day, all that we’ve lost, and all that we have still to protect..
And for too many Americans, it’s a reminder that the president still seems like he can’t find that lightswitch yet.