Rudy Giuliani’s numbers are dropping as Huckabee and other opponents attract voters so the former New York mayor returned to the mantra of 9/11 in order to regain political momentum. He trotted out a new slogan, “Tested, Ready, Now” in order to prove, to an increasingly doubting audience, that he was then and is now the man of the hour. “I saw it on the morning of September 11, 2001,” he told an audience, “there were points on that day, that morning too, where I wondered whether we had the strength to deal with this, the worst attacks in our history, unprecedented, horrific.” He then pulled out the tear jerking image of fire fighters who put the American flag at Ground Zero as a symbol of courage that supposedly connected to his actions that day. He concluded with his usual bragging comment, “I’ve met adversity before, I’ve led in situations that seemed hopeless and dire in need of a miracle. I don’t just hope for miracles. I expect miracles.”
Al Smith, a former governor of New York, used to say, “let’s look at the record” when dealing with someone’s claims to be excellent. OK, let’s look at Mayor Giuliani’s record on September 11, 2001. Despite warnings from experts that a crisis command center should be underground, he placed New York’s command center in the Twin Towers, Despite warnings about the failure of radios and communication facilities that cropped up in the terrorist bombings in the 1990s, he did nothing. His failure to have an effective communication system undoubtedly was partially responsible for deaths of firemen and policemen. Firemen wanted to continue rescue operations and he closed them down. The “brave” mayor walked around New York City with dozens of policemen and faced absolutely no danger of anything other than diverting needed policemen from where they should have been– at Ground Zero. The United States of America did not face any dire threat to its security, there was no need of any “miracle” because our armed forces were sufficient to handle any external threat. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 DID represent a threat since most of our Pacific fleet was sunk. Perhaps, Mayor Giuliani, who boasts of his heroism, can explain why every major fire fighting organization opposes his nomination as do most police organizations. If he was such a “hero” why do those who actually did heroic things on that terrible day regard him as a bragging blowhard who talks and talks?