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Arsenal White House now defending a set of talking points and how the government will mark the September 11 attacks.
Ten years later.
According to the New York Times it suggests minimizing references to al-Qaeda in an effort to show that the terror group is becoming increasingly irrelevant.
From the White House in part quote we need to make sure we're speaking to a very broad set of audiences.
Will be affected by the anniversary now a former Cheney staffer.
Reacted Dick Cheney staff for reacted this way.
I think the fact that you would actually instruct government official.
-- differently about 9/11.
Simply base somewhere understanding.
Is not just kind of -- thing to American audiences into foreign audiences.
But again I think it's a little bit of the window -- how they look at national.
Parity issues talk more about this George Pataki the governor of New York on September 11 2000 morning good morning to you thank you -- what does this mean.
Well I think what the criticism on just sort of makes sense I think -- a fundamental level.
This administration is up never understood the meaning of September 11 and they are talking about and to the international.
Representatives of our country comparing September 11 to other attacks like in Mumbai in and -- and London.
As horrible as those attacks work the the fact this September 11 was not an attack on the global community it was an attack on America because of our country's.
Outspoken belief in freedom freedom of speech freedom of assembly and we had been attacked time and time again and this administration from its.
Refusal to call terrorists terrorists.
And now saying when you talk about September 11 minimize al-Qaeda and mentioned other terrorist incidents just doesn't under these things sound as if you're insulting.
Well I am insulted because.
You know it's not like the September 11 attacks came out of the blue and I would we at the World Trade Center towers in 1993 have been attacked by Muslim extremists and you would hope.
After the loss of so many innocent lives that we'd have an administration that understood that America is still a target for global -- -- -- Martha just read this report about the Islamic terrorists killing two airmen in Germany he wanted to kill as many Americans as possible.
Our president needs to understand that the fundamental the most important role of government our government is to protect our people.
And apparently that came also -- American resilience I think you would agree with that absolutely -- of a country and of people that have come back and come along -- since ten years ago yes the White House says this also this a quote from that times article the important things to show the world how we realize it's not just about.
Us well that's where I think they get it wrong.
Sure we deplore terrorism anywhere and we will stand with those who are fighting against terrorists wherever they might be -- but it is about us.
We were in the country that was attacked on September 11 we -- the country that was attacked.
38 years earlier we -- the country with a Cole was blown up in our embassies attacked and we have got to be vigilant and understand that you can't treat terrorists civilians deliberately we were -- -- -- -- -- country that one out took on al-Qaeda when no one else that's Iraq.
And and successfully but not to the extent where we can minimize the fact that al-Qaeda is still out there may -- it is in the centralized but it is still in -- it's still in Somalia it's still in Sudan they just had terrible attacks in Nigeria that word that definitely -- Inspired they still want to attack us again we have to be vigilant you ran the empire state that the State Department saying that this is not unusual things like this happen all the time or communicate -- -- with a domestic audience.
And another way international you know that's why wouldn't it now this is the -- percent tree.
And you -- expect that a message you're giving in -- there in London isn't going to be -- in New York -- Chicago this -- the bureau of global communication and you have to say the same thing -- you have to be consistent by the -- not only is it because people -- listening to whatever you say anywhere in the -- it's also because -- the right thing -- -- you shouldn't have two different messages to different audiences what you believe what you state is what you believe him and I believe -- that we were attacked because of American exceptional isn't because of what we stand for in the globe -- that we have to be aware of that as we defend -- -- it's gonna be remarkable day coming up a couple weeks you're going to be with mark and me.
Day as we work together actually in years ago that's fair walking through the actions in the ground zero we will see that -- thing what about the White House to be put that.
Decide right I have you know I've been in public office for over twenty years and I want.
But Mike Stanley first wildly does I heard you say the other day I love my Fam yes -- I think they probably love you have to distance.
If you do well well you know when you ran for public office it's all about the candidate but the whole family has to be supportive and understood.
Then and it's a sacrifice that they make and -- this moment.
Sacrifice time and again and I didn't feel at this time is right to do well understood at another time we'll talk more about politics more -- in that direction in the meantime we'll see in two weeks it thank you thank you yeah.
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