The countdown to Sept. 11 commemoration demonstrations by patriotic bikers versus a fringe Muslim “truther” group is taking shape.
“The United States aims to raise the number of visas that it issues annually, particularly to Saudi nationals, who represent an important group,” Joseph Hood, U.S. consul-general in the Saudi city of Dhahran, said. He said Saudi businessmen and students have been allowed to enter the United States in record numbers, with a 60 percent increase since 2010.
This shameless whinefest isn’t about fear, it’s about political influence. It’s devoid of even the faintest tinge of human decency. Like the Ground Zero Mosque, the goal is to hijack the dialogue and make it all about Muslims. On September 11 and on Ground Zero, there is this egotistical obsession with defiling even the graves of the dead.
In 1970, when Richard Blumenthal served, many young Americans joined the military reserves to avoid fighting overseas. Today, by contrast, many young Americans join the reserves precisely so that they can fight overseas. That’s because America today has an operational reserve that is integral to the U.S. military and its war-fighting team. This is an important achievement which we must sustain. Indeed, Congress must ensure that we never revert back to the bad old days when reservists were second-class citizens and unequal members of the United States military.