Air Date: September 11, 2013
Host: Vic Eliason and Jim Schneider
Jim began this edition of Crosstalk by recapping some facts concerning 9-11 supplied by Fox News.
It was at 8:46am on September 11th, 2001 when a passenger plane, bound for Los Angeles from Boston, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. This may have seemed like a horrible accident to some until another plane struck the South Tower just 17 minutes later.
In the ensuing hours, another plane would crash into the Pentagon and a fourth believed bound for Washington crashed in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after brave passengers fought with hijackers.
At the World Trade Center buildings, office workers attempted to descend smokey stairs as jet fuel burned, melting the steel skeletons. Those trapped above the point of impact and unable to flee down stairs, jumped out of windows, some holding hands.
By 10:30am, both towers had collapsed. Some 2,606 people, including more than 400 firefighters, police and medics died in New York. All 246 passengers aboard the 4 planes also died. 125 people were killed at the Pentagon.
Eventually we would discover that this was part of an Al-Qaida plot. Since then we’ve fought this group worldwide at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars but more importantly, we’ve lost many brave military men and women in the process.
Vic noted that the perpetrators of this act have never been brought to trial. The mastermind behind 9-11, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, is still sitting in Guantanamo Bay.
Why after 12 years does our nation seem paralyzed for answers? This became clear once again when you look at the lack of action that followed the Benghazi incident one year ago. After all, no one knows where the President was, what he was doing at that time, who gave the order for the military to ‘stand down’, and more.
Amidst these questions and concerns, this Crosstalk program gave listeners a chance to discuss 9-11 and perhaps bring some clarity to the events surrounding what is undoubtedly one of the most tragic days in American history.