Wednesday, May 30, 2007

What Exactly Did Rudy Giuliani Do on 9/11?

There is an article in the Observer detailing the NY Firefighters protesting Giuliani's leadership. Rudy's abrasive manner, and dictatorial style pissed off a lot of NY'ers during his mayoral career. Making the fire fighters stop trying to recover bodies of their comrades at the WTC, was the last straw for those who still had warm tingly feelings about "America's Mayor".

We have all the UFA, the UFOA, and the fire members are all behind us -- the International Association of Fire Fighters,” said Riches. “And we’re going to be out there today to let everybody know that he’s not the hero that he says he is.”

The group’s complaints center on the faulty radios used by the fire department that day and what they say was a lack of coordination at Ground Zero.

And Riches disputes the notion that Giuliani provided any form of leadership on September 11 or in the days following.

“If somebody can tell me what he did on 9/11 that was so good, I’d love to hear it. All he did was give information on the TV”

“He did nothing,” Riches continued. “He stood there with a TV reporter and told everyone what was going on. And he got it from everybody else down at the site.”

Riches is right of course. The mainstream media suggesting that Rudy Giuliani has foreign policy experience because foreigners flew planes into the WTC is ridiculous. If a natural gas leak vented a large explosion and brought the towers down, would he then not have the "requisite experience" in foreign policy. Did Rudy round up terrorists, consult the joint chiefs, and reach out to the diplomatic community or something? Giuliani was Mayor during a disaster, that was compounded by the fact that he signed off on putting the command and control center in a prime terrorist target; the World Trade Center.

The reason that Giuliani is fondly remembered is he wasn't George W. Bush. Reading 'The Pet Goat' for seven minutes after he learned of the attacks and flying around in hysteria to Nebraska to avoid the terrorists wasn't all that comforting.

Giuliani was briefed by people, and related it to the public. He did his job in otherwords. There is a soft bigotry of low expectations for Republicans these days.