Five years ago, we looked to our leaders to defend us. Instead, what did we see?
We saw a President who sat frozen in a classroom as the Twin Towers burned.
We saw a premature withdrawal from Afghanistan, with Osama bin Laden still on the loose, and the Taliban (and poppy fields) growing back bigger, stronger, and more dangerous than ever.
We saw the torture of human beings, done in our name and with our tax dollars.
We saw the steady erosion of our civil liberties, which our founding fathers had defined as unalienable.
We saw the good will of the world, which was ours for the days and weeks following 9/11, morph into disappointment, and then fear, and then disgust, and then hatred, as the Bush agenda unfolded.
Osama probably couldn't be happier.
Indeed, there is much to mourn today.
But there is some good news (for some): Halliburton has made a fortune in profits.
I miss the world as it was before 9/11. But, most of all, I miss my America.