Stolen Quotes: Remembering

Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend―even a friend whose name it never knew. ~ George W. Bush

Even the smallest act of service, the simplest act of kindness, is a way to honor those we lost, a way to reclaim that spirit of unity that followed 9/11. ~Barack Obama

If for any reason they come back to our country, we will go wherever they are and use power the likes of which the United States has never used before. ~Donald Trump

The devastating punch we took on September 11th still reverberates throughout American society. ~Joe Biden

And I suspect it will keep reverberating until all those who have been stranded are brought to safety.

More Quotes:

The perception around the world and in parts of Afghanistan, I believe, is that things aren’t going well in terms of the fight against the Taliban. And there’s a need, whether it is true or not, there is a need to project a different picture. ~Joe Biden, in phone call to Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, on 7/23/21.

I think it’s irresponsible to say Americans are stranded. They are not. We are committed to bringing Americans who want to come home, home. ~White House Press Secretery Jen Psaki to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, on 8/23/21.

They left me and my family and the other people behind. That’s what is scary. We are under great risk . . . Hello, President. Do not leave. Do not forget me and my family at the moment in Afghanistan. It is very hard and a horrifying situation . . . There is no way to escape from here to another area . . . Do not leave me and my family behind. ~Afghan interpreter named Mohammed (currently in hiding), in a phone call to the Wall Street Journal on 8/30/21. In 2008, Mohammed helped rescue then-Senators Joe Biden, John Kerry, and Chuck Hagel, from a helicopter mishap in the mountains of Afghanistan.

Remembering Americans and allies still stranded in Afghanistan.

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          • I had turned on the Tv only moments before as well. I was supposed to be somewhere else that morning. A gathering of Mom’s to let our toddlers play and we could enjoy adult conversation, but I was almost 7 months pregnant and moving slow that morning. My 2year old was playing contently so I thought I would just sit back, watch tv and relax for a little while…..welll that sure didn’t happen…..I watched Tv but was not relaxed!

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          • Oops I read your comment wrong. Was thinking moments before the first plane hit the tower. I remember the shock of the reporter, thinking was it an accident and then the 2nd plane hit and …. everything went from bad to worse!

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            • Yeah, after that 2nd plane hit, everyone instantly sensed what was going on. I wasn’t watching at that moment. In fact when my wife turned the TV on, I wasn’t paying much attention at first, thinking it was just another news story. For me it was background noise. Then my wife said something really bad was happening, and I thought, “yeah, yeah.” And then the news said the World Trade Center was collapsing, and that finally got my attention. I was hooked to the boob tube the rest of the day.

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  1. I was in the mountains of northern Thailand with a group from the technical college, at a Burmese-Karen refugee camp a few kilometers from the Myanmar border. Surreal place. The only American in the group, it was very late at night when information started filtering in — all very confused. Something I’ve never really written about here, except that it was the farthest away from home that I’ve ever felt.

    Eventually, a Royal Thai soldier from our escort came and took my passport and asked a lot of questions about my home and where I was from… I didn’t know what was happening. I think it was around 5-6AM when he returned and gave me 60-seconds to talk to my mom over a satellite phone. It was an act of kindness that I will never forget.

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      • There was intermittent access to English-language BBC broadcasts (audio), but they weren’t initially very helpful. Mostly, I was getting bad English translations of Thai broadcasts… terrible attacks all over the US, New York was destroyed and in flames, and there had been an attack in DC that destroyed the US military command. Maybe planes were being shot down? Missiles? Pennsylvania? The White House? The Statue of Liberty? It sounded like we were at war, but nobody knew who we were at war with or where the war was happening. It took hours just to get what people in the US could apparently see instantly on their televisions. Terrible as that was, it was nothing compared to my confused imagination.

        There was a passport issue I’m not detailing here either (nothing illegal), which initially had me worried about why the soldiers suddenly wanted so much information. Turned out, I just had a lot of friends. In the years since, the US seems to have cashed-in so many of its friendships. I hope we won’t also leave behind the people who gave us their trust.

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        • Our imaginations can really run wild in such situations where reliable information is scarce.

          I think we’ve already left behind many who gave us their trust. Now our problem is, we have to give the Taliban our trust, to get them to safety. Not a good situation.

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