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.
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.