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Is The U.S. Safer Since September 11?

Patch Question of the Week: Do you feel our our nation, and your community, is more safe or less safe since that fateful day eleven years ago?


In Atlanta and across the nation, people stopped Tuesday to remember the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.

Fulton County at the “Circle of Honor” Public Safety Memorial, which honors public safety officials who died serving the community. In DeKalb County, outside the county's police and fire headquarters.

Clark Atlanta University , and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said to remain vigilant for our communities' safety.

The day passed peacefully here at home, but Americans faced attack in Egypt and Libya. On Tuesday evening local time, the American ambassador to Libya, along with three embassy staffers, were killed when a mob of protesters stormed the compound and set it ablaze.

Just hours earlier, a mob climbed over the wall of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, tore down an American flag, and replaced it briefly with a black flag symbolic of Islamic extremists.

So Patch wants to know what you think. Do you think that the United States is safer today than it was before September 11, 2001? Where do things stand in the war on terrorism? Or does the nation remain at the same - or even greater - risk of being attacked today?

Tell us what you think in the comments area below.


don Gabacho September 14, 2012 at 02:29 AM
"So Patch wants to know what you think. Do you think that the United States is safer today than it was before September 11, 2001?" It is not. The events in Libya, Egypt and Lebanon plus the comments of Obama and Hillary Clinton is indicative of how the USA stands itself down at every challenge. Why in the world was the US Embassy in Libya being guarded by Libyans? In Mexico, Mexicans guard the US's consulates while in the US, Mexicans guard the Mexico's consulates. Why? The President should be telling the Muslim world that we have our isms too. And among them is the Right to Free Speech. As it is, I do believe that, the attacks, no matter how hyped by both sides to be the fault of 'the film', were, with help, probably organized by Gaddafi holdouts seeking revenge. Ambassador Stevens was probably the most capable man in all of US government. He and the others deserve far more than a mere FBI investigation. Which brings to mind, just what in the Hell, is the FBI doing overseas and the CIA in the States? Where are the Marines?
Webb Roberts September 14, 2012 at 04:03 PM
We may be somewhat safer than we were 9/10/2001 primarily due to the actions of the previous administration. It will be interesting to see how this adminstration deals with its own 9/11 atrocities at our U.S. embassies. I fear that the failed foreign policy of this administration makes us considerably less safe each day. Their failed leadership is an invitation to aggression from elements around the world that only respect strength.
Tim September 14, 2012 at 07:11 PM
However, the previous administration spent or set up future requirements for over 2 trillion dollars to fight two wars at a lost of many thousands of American lives. Are we willing to spend another 2+ trillion and thousands of lives to prevent embassy burnings? Based on the results in Iraq and Afghanistan, perhaps the previous administration has made us less safe.
Webb Roberts September 14, 2012 at 10:21 PM
I believe the question was "are we safer than prior to 9/11/01. Also, those embassies are U.S. territory. Tim, are you proposing withdrawing from the world as a cost saving measure? National defense is the primary function of the federal government afterall. Spending must be brought under control but not at the risk of the American people. At least, that is my position.
Bruce Salzinger September 15, 2012 at 05:10 PM
The events of the last few days should clearly give us reason to be concerned. Read the book Longitudes and Attitudes. The trends the present administration has put us on leaves me uneasy.
Tim September 16, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Yes you are correct the question was "are we safer than prior to 9/11/01" and I replied accordingly, as you did. I beleive that instead of fighting these two wars, and most directly instead of invading Iraq for some fuzzy "nation building" mission, the U.S could have spent this $2+ trillion (and counting) to develope alternatives to foreign oil, and thus stregthen our economy, lession anti-American Arab actions (and inpact), and also allow a redistribution of our military resources to more inportant threats rather than subsidising foreign oil production and transportation.
Postman Sharp September 17, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Romney is coming unglued and we're seeing inside him. Americans don't like what they see. He's not a leader. He's not that smart. He's a little man bent on becoming president and that just isn't good enough. Americans wanted Obama. They got him. He's not perfect. But he's not Romney. We'll have him again because Obama has BECOME a GREAT President. Romney does not have that ability and his ego stands in the way of changing. Sorry, Mitt, you don't get my vote.
Rob September 17, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Spoken like a true SPAMMER!
JamesMichael September 17, 2012 at 09:27 AM
Yup. The GOP has lost its bearing; and as a result, has offered up a contender who has no bearing. It is only a matter of time before it becomes but a wistful memory of probity, moderation, and public service.
Brian Oravetz September 17, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Obama has become a "great" President? Seriously? By what plausible, logical and rational stand point can you say that? By all objective, and rational accounts he is an abject failure. He has shown no leadership capability, he has shown no capability to do anything other than complain about the previous administration. He has run up more debt, he has increased the size of government to unthinkable proportions, he has done more to stifle business and economic development, he has weakened us from a military and foreign policy stand point; and that is just off the top of my head. You attack Romney, but when you compare the two men, Obama does not hold a candle. I am no fan of Romney, but when you compare their resumes; Obama looks like a grade schooler. You say he is not smart: This is nothing more than an emotional response. If you were to be intellectually and objectively honest, you would not say that. He is self made, he has developed more business and created more jobs than the overwhelming majority of entrepreneurs in this country. He has donated more of his own money to charity than any other candidate and probably more than most people in this country. You have not taken the time to look at his volunteer work and philanthropy; or again, you wouldn't have made such an unqualified emotional statement. Obama on the other hand has done nothing but the old socialist trick of trying to redistribute wealth and agitate.
wiggedout September 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM
what kind of rock are you living under? one that apparently doesn't let you hear obama and clinton doing exactly what you suggest. get your ear away from faux news and you might hear something REAL. what do you mean by "plus the comments of Obama and Hillary Clinton" what did they say that you don't like? no, I mean what did they really say, not what have you made up that they said?
Webb Roberts September 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Many good points above. However, I cannot recall any US President being reelected with failed economic and foreign policies. Romney wasn't my choice but at this point, a steady hand is called for and something we haven't had for 4 years. We don't reward failure with reelection in this country.
don Gabacho September 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
"what kind of rock are you living under.?---wiggedout Obviously above yours. ...obama and clinton are doing exactly what you suggest..."---wiggedout They're sending the Marines to guard the embassies in a time-machine? "wiggedout" is wiggedout
don Gabacho September 17, 2012 at 07:34 PM
"...thousands of lives to prevent embassy burnings?..."---Tim The US must "prevent embassy burnings."
Raven September 17, 2012 at 08:56 PM
So sad - and almost corrupt if you ask me- that we are now FORCED to choose between 2 parties. The current 2 party system is a failure. We are the greatest nation in the world and I cannot tell you how it makes me want to vomit when I hear people say " Oh well I guess I'll vote for Romney - lesser of two evils". REALLY? Is there something wrong with Ron Paul - a true American who planned to stay true to our constitution and the very things our forefathers founded this county upon? Wake up America. Our precious country is slipping away from us at alarming speed.
Raven September 17, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Hi Postman, I'm dying to know just what specific things you base your statement on Obama has become a great president. Thanks
Brian Oravetz September 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Let me see if I understand "great": Just a few examples, because I think that rational people and people like you see "great" differently. -an unprecedented string of federal budget deficits, $1.4 trillion in 2009, $1.3 trillion in 2010, and another $1.2 trillion on the way this year.  The four-year increase in borrowing amounts to $55,000 per U.S. household. - To cover the debt and deficit that Obama has created, JUST FOR THIS YEAR, the fed has to raise $4 trillion. Just to cover interest on debt. Printing money ain't "great". - The federal reserve owns 1 in every 6 dollars thanks to Obama's spending. The largest % in history. He's planning another round of quantitive easing that will explode the debt from $8 billion pre-Obama to $1.5 trillion. - Obama's solution is to tax the rich.  Well, in America, the top 1% pay 37% of all income taxes.  And guess what - HALF OF THIS COUNTRY (yep....that's 50%, folks) PAY NO TAXES. Nothing.  Zilch.  Nada.   But yeah - let's keep taxing the rich, Obama. Obama's policies will take the debt from $10.8 to $18.8 trillion, interest alone will be $753 billion/year (more than we're spending on social security, medicare, defense). His "budget" will "raise our debt-to-GDP ration to 80.4% in two years. And that's before Obamacare kicks in! - Payroll taxes will explode to over 80% if these policies are left unchecked. I woudn't really call any of that, "great".
Brian Oravetz September 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM
And is it "great" to refuse to pass a budget for his entire term? I'm pretty sure that falls under irresponsible and just plain stupid.
Jack of Kings September 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
I liked Ron Paul because he is consistent and refreshingly without guile. But when he said in a debate, "Why shouldn't Iran get a nuclear weapon?", he lost me.
wiggedout September 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM
I completely agree with you there, Phil.
Raven September 18, 2012 at 12:09 AM
What was said was very tongue in cheek - he said " sure if Iran wants to build a nuclear bomb, let them.". Followed by " they dont even have enough gas to put in their automobiles!" But of course you have the Romneys and Michele Bachmans of the world taking that and saying "Ron Paul said it was ok for Iran to have nukes!!". Please. Rest assured, if either of the two pathetic choices we have are elected, going to war with Iran is the next stop.
Raven September 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Not to mention, our credibility is in the toilet right now. This forum is about our country being safer since 9/11- folks it is on the verge of collapse. There is no one at the wheel. It is our duty as Americans to ask questions and stop the corruption.
Jack of Kings September 18, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Raven--I think there can be no better way to remind you of the reality than a video of Ron Paul not saying it in jest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDvaTqLlZlA How do you support a guy that sees no reason why Iran should not have nukes?
Tim September 18, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Don: "The US must "prevent embassy burnings."" So are you supporting going to war with Tunisia, Libya, Yeman and Iran? Do you think it is worth many many more thousands of good American men and women's deaths and trillions more dollars to this end?
Raven September 18, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Take a good hard look at both "candidates" that are running. They are essentially the same person. Are you going to tell me that Ron Paul makng a stupid statement like that is worse that what is on the table right now? Maybe the reason Ron Paul said that is because he does not believe in foriegn war - you know - let's quit sticking our nose in where it doesn't belong. It should be irrelavant who has nukes if we would just STFU and deal with the enormous problems we have right here at home. How could ANYONE support the two canDUDates running now? If all you have against Ron Paul is that statement, that's nothing compared to the laundry list of things wrong with our two "choices".
Jack of Kings September 18, 2012 at 02:31 PM
So you think that if Ron Paul had become the Republican candidate, the polls would be, oh, Raul 55% and Obama 45%? Get real.
Raven September 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
No. Ron Paul is Libertarian so he would not be the republican candidate. I do see your point about the statement - believe me. My frustration is with the current 2 party system and how, conveniently, the 3rd option is always scooted to the back burner. Do you think Obama will win? Just curious your viewpoint.
Jack of Kings September 18, 2012 at 03:28 PM
We need FOUR (4) parties. A Third party system would never work--because the third party would always take away votes from conservatives. Believe me, if I knew that the third party was a Leftist party--have at it! With two other parties that, say , are very right and very left, you would need a coalition government, but you would be able to have 4 choices to vote for the one that more closely meets your true beliefs and concerns. jmo
Raven September 18, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Actually, there are more people than you might realize, that are, like myself, very divided on key issues. I don't like the "right" or the "left". Some of my views fall right in the middle - which is really what the libertarian party is founded upon.
Tim September 18, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Actually Phil, third parties have taken away the election from Democrats recently. Look up the Green Party and the Gore/Bush election.

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