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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
September 11, 2017
Remarks by President Trump at the 9/11 Memorial Observance
9:49 A.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, General. Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen.
I want to thank you, Secretary Mattis, General Dunford, members of the Cabinet, members of the Armed Forces, first responders, and most importantly, to the families and to the survivors: It’s an honor to join you on this very, very solemn occasion. This is an occasion that is extraordinary, and it will always be extraordinary.
Before we begin, I’d like to send our nation’s prayers to everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma and to everyone suffering through the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. These are storms of catastrophic severity, and we’re marshaling the full resources of the federal government to help our fellow Americans in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Tennessee, and all of those wonderful places and states in harm’s way.
When Americans are in need, Americans pull together — and we are one country. And when we face hardship, we emerge closer, stronger, and more determined than ever.
We’re gathered here today to remember a morning that started very much like this one. Parents dropped off their children at school. Travelers stood in line at airports and getting ready to board flights. Here at the Pentagon and at offices all across the country, people began their early meetings.
Then, our whole world changed. America was under attack. First at the World Trade Center, then here at the Pentagon, and then in Pennsylvania. The horror and anguish of that dark day were seared into our national memory forever. It was the worst attack on our country since Pearl Harbor and even worse because this was an attack on civilians — innocent men, women, and children whose lives were taken so needlessly.
For the families with us on this anniversary, we know that not a single day goes by when you don’t think about the loved ones stolen from your life. Today, our entire nation grieves with you and with every family of those 2,977 innocent souls who were murdered by terrorists 16 years ago.
Each family here today represents a son or daughter, a sister or brother, a mother or father, who was taken from you on that terrible, terrible day. But no force on Earth can ever take away your memories, diminish your love, or break your will to endure and carry on and go forward. Though we can never erase your pain, or bring back those you lost, we can honor their sacrifice by pledging our resolve to do whatever we must to keep our people safe. (Applause.)
On that day, not only did the world change, but we all changed. Our eyes were opened to the depths of the evil we face. But in that hour of darkness, we also came together with renewed purpose. Our differences never looked so small, our common bonds never felt so strong.
The sacrificed [sanctified] grounds on which we stand today are a monument to our national unity and to our strength. For more than seven decades, the Pentagon has stood as a global symbol of American might. Not only because of the great power contained within these halls, but because of the incredible character of the people who fill them. They secure our freedom, they defend our flag, and they support our courageous troops all around the world.
Among the 184 brave Americans who perished on these grounds were young enlisted servicemembers, dedicated civil servants who had worked here for decades, and veterans who served our nation in Korea, in Vietnam, and in the Middle East. All of them loved this country and pledged their very lives to protect it.
We also remember and cherish the lives of the beloved Americans who boarded Flight 77 at Dulles Airport that morning. Every one of them had a family, a story, and beautiful dreams. Each of them had people they loved and who loved them back. And they all left behind a deep emptiness that their warmth and grace once filled so fully and so beautifully.
The living, breathing soul of America wept with grief for every life taken on that day. We shed our tears in their memory, pledged our devotion in their honor, and turned our sorrow into an unstoppable resolve to achieve justice in their name.
In the years after September 11th, more than 5 million young men and women have joined the ranks of our great military to defend our country against barbaric forces of evil and destruction. American forces are relentlessly pursuing and destroying the enemies of all civilized people, ensuring — and these are horrible, horrible enemies — enemies like we’ve never seen before. But we’re ensuring they never again have a safe haven to launch attacks against our country. We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grasp, and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large Earth.
Since 9/11, nearly 7,000 servicemembers have given their lives fighting terrorists around the globe. Some of them rest just beyond this fence, in the shrine to our nation’s heroes, on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery. They came from all backgrounds, all races, all faiths, but they were all there to dedicate their lives, and they defend our one great American flag. (Applause.)
They — and every person who puts on the uniform — has the love and gratitude of our entire nation.
Today, as we stand on this hallowed ground, we are reminded of the timeless truth that when America is united, no force on Earth can break us apart — no force.
On the morning of 9/11, Pentagon Police Officer Isaac Ho’opi’i and — a special person — was one of many heroes whose love for his fellow Americans knew no bounds. He was a mile away when he got the call over his radio that a plane had crashed into the Pentagon. He sped to the scene and raced into smoke and fire. Few people would have done it. He ducked under live electrical wires and trudged through puddles of jet fuel only steps away from sparks and from vicious flame.
In the pitch black, he began calling out people in need of help. Isaac heard faint voices and he wanted to answer those faint voices. One by one, he carried people out of the burning rubble. He kept going back into the smoldering darkness, calling out to anyone who could hear, anyone who was alive. He saved as many as 20 people who had followed his voice; he carried eight himself.
For nearly 36 hours, Isaac kept on saving lives, serving our nation, and protecting our safety in our hour of need. And today, Isaac continues to do exactly that. Isaac still works at the Pentagon, now as a sergeant. He’s on duty right now, and he’s joined us here today for the ceremony. And this morning, all of us — and all of America — thank Isaac for his service. Where is Isaac? (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you, Isaac. Thank you.
To Isaac and to every first responder and survivor of the attack, you carry on the legacy of the friends you lost. You keep alive the memory of those who perished. And you make America proud — very, very proud.
To the family members with us today, I know that it’s with a pained and heavy heart that you come back to this place. But by doing so, by choosing to persevere through the grief, the sorrow, you honor your heroes, you renew our courage, and you strengthen all of us. You really do. You strengthen all of us.
Here on the west side of the Pentagon, terrorists tried to break our resolve. It’s not going to happen. But where they left a mark with fire and rubble, Americans defiantly raised the stars and stripes –- our beautiful flag that for more than two centuries has graced our ships, flown in our skies, and led our brave heroes to victory after victory in battle. The flag that binds us all together as Americans who cherish our values and protect our way of life. The flag that reminds us today of who we are, what we stand for, and why we fight.
Woven into that beautiful flag is the story of our resolve. We have overcome every challenge — every single challenge, every one of them — we’ve triumphed over every evil, and remained united as one nation under God. America does not bend. We do not waver. And we will never, ever yield.
So here at this memorial, with hearts both sad and determined, we honor every hero who keeps us safe and free, and we pledge to work together, to fight together, and to overcome together every enemy and obstacle that’s ever in our path.
Our values will endure. Our people will thrive. Our nation will prevail. And the memory of our loved ones will never, ever die.
Thank you. May God bless you. May God forever bless the great United States of America. Thank you very much. (Applause.)
You can view the ceremony in its entirety here.
Cross-posted on Wow! Magazine.
Secretary of Defense, Retired General James Mattis delivered an inspiring speech to Americans this morning at the Pentagon’s 911 Remembrance Ceremony. Mattis praised our resolve and strength. The message was clear to our enemies, Americans are not intimidated.
“Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us they could scare us that day”…”But we Americans are not made of cotton candy, we are not seaweed drifting in the current, we are not intimidated by our enemies, and Mr. President, your military does not scare.”
Nothing says screw you Obama like the Libyan Air Force posting to their Facebook Timeline, photographs of twenty US special operation troops on a secret mission arriving in Libya (“in combat readiness wearing bullet proof jackets, advanced weapons”) for the world to see only to be kicked out a short time later.
A secret US commando mission to Libya has been revealed after photographs of a special forces unit were posted on the Facebook page of the country’s air force.
Libya’s air force said 20 US soldiers arrived at Libya’s Wattiya airbase on Monday, but left soon after local commanders asked them to go because they had no permission to be at the base. It was unclear if another branch of the Libyan military had authorized the mission.
Pentagon sources confirmed to US media that the special forces unit was part of a mission sent this week, but it was unclear if the soldiers had left the country….
While the media is pushing the narrative about the troops being kicked out of Libya, no one is focusing on the fact that the Libyan Air Force by posting their photographs on Facebook has exposed the identities of these troops.
Remember Extortion 17, call sign for Navy SEAL Team Six who died on August 11, 2011 when the Taliban shot down their Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan moments before the helicopter was scheduled to land. Until this day, the Obama administration continues to stonewall the investigation.
The safety of these troops should be a concern to the U. S. government.
As reported last summer, Barack Obama is waging a campaign to reduce the number of US soldiers from 520,000 to 450,000. Many of our men and women in service are receiving layoff notices while on active duty.
Obama’s now six-year purge of the U. S. military consists of high-ranking officers as well[i]. Thus, it is no surprise that our military would be “marginally able” to defend our nation in times of crisis.
The U.S. military is shedding so many troops and weapons it is only ‘marginally able’ to defend the nation and falls short of the Obama administration’s national security strategy, says a new report by The Heritage Foundation Tuesday.
‘The U.S. military itself is aging. It’s shrinking in size,’ said Dakota Wood, a Heritage analyst. ‘And it’s quickly becoming problematic in terms of being able to address more than one major conflict….’
‘The U.S. military is rapidly approaching a one-war capable force,’ said Mr. Wood, a former Marine Corps officer and strategic planner. ‘So [it is] able to handle a major war and then having just a bit of residual capability to handle other minor crises that might pop up…But it is a far cry from being a two-war force….’
Readiness. Faced with the current sharp reductions in funding mandated by sequestration, military service officials, senior DOD officials, and even Members of Congress have warned of the dangers of recreating the “hollow force” of the 1970s when units existed on paper but were staffed at reduced levels, minimally trained, and woefully equipped as a consequence of inadequate funding to conduct training, hone skills in exercises, and repair broken or replace worn-out equipment. To avoid this, the services have intentionally traded quantity/capacity and modernization to ensure that what they do have is ‘ready’ for employment.
The service chiefs have stated repeatedly that current and projected levels of funding are taking a toll on the ability of units to maintain sufficient levels of readiness across the force. Some units have reduced manning. Some squadrons do not fly as many hours. Ground units have not gone to the range as often or participated in the types of combined arms and maneuver exercises they feel are necessary to develop and sustain high levels of proficiency in the complex tasks needed to succeed in battle. The Navy has regularly deferred major maintenance cycles for its ships because the ships that are available are at high demand from the COCOMs, and the Navy does not have a sufficient number both to perform scheduled maintenance and to keep enough hulls in the water for operational use.
It is one thing to have the right capabilities to defeat the enemy in battle. It is another thing to have a sufficient amount of those capabilities to sustain operations over time and many battles against an enemy, especially when attrition or dispersed operations are significant factors. But sufficient numbers of the right capabilities are rather meaningless if the force is unready to engage in the task….
None of the above, along with Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood ties taking up space in the White House and Obama’s refusal to call our enemies by that which they are is lost on our enemies thereby placing this nation at greater peril.
(The information contained in this post is republished solely for commentary and educational purposes ONLY.
Source: 2015 Index of U.S. Military Strength, Heritage Foundation.
The following is a list of our military elite who have been dismissed or fired under Obama Commanding Generals fired:
* General John R. Allen-U.S. Marines Commander
International Security Assistance Force [ISAF] (Nov 2012)
* Major General Ralph Baker (2 Star)-U.S. Army Commander of the Combined Joint
Task Force Horn in Africa (April 2013)
* Major General Michael Carey (2 Star)-U.S. Air Force Commander of the 20th US Air Force in charge of 9,600 people and 450 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (Oct 2013)
* Colonel James Christmas-U.S. Marines Commander 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit & Commander Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response Unit (July 2013)
* Major General Peter Fuller-U.S. Army Commander in Afghanistan (May 2011)
* Major General Charles M.M. Gurganus-U.S. Marine Corps Regional Commander of SW and I Marine Expeditionary Force in Afghanistan (Oct 2013)
* General Carter F. Ham-U.S. Army African Command (Oct 2013)
American taxpayers have built an entire city in Virginia so that the Pentagon, can practice occupying American cities and putting down protests by US citizens.
This fake city is the training ground for the doctrine outlined in a leaked US Army document that describes how soldiers are to be trained to put down domestic disturbances and process prisoners through detainment camps where prisoners will be re-educated to appreciate US policies. In situations of “extreme necessity” the training embraces deadly force:
“Warning shot will not be fired. When a firearm is discharged it will be fired with the intent of rendering the person(s) at whom it is discharged incapable of continuing that activity or course of behavior.” Lecturers in the training courses describe constitutionalists as “domestic extremists.”
Does this make the President of the United States, whose oath of office is to defend the US Constitution against enemies domestic and foreign, a domestic extremist? Is the fear of arrest by Homeland Security as a domestic extremist the reason Obama refuses to defend the Constitution of the United States?
The Army is being trained for domestic police duties that are in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act that prevents the use of the military for domestic law enforcement, another indication that Washington has no respect for the country’s laws and that Obama and his “Justice” Department have no intention of enforcing the laws of the land or abiding by the Constitution.
Where is the media outcry? Where are the law schools? Where is Congress? A government that disregards the laws of the land is both treasonous and tyrannical. Yet, not a peep from “the free and the brave.”
The US government and its puppet auxiliary, the UK government, have turned with vengeance against whistleblowers and their attorneys. Bradley Manning is in prison, Julian Assange is confined to the Ecuadoran Embassy in London, and Edward Snowden is under Russian protection from a tyrannical US government. Jessellyn Radack, an attorney who represented Snowden was recently detained and questioned in an intimidating way at London’s Heathrow Airport. Washington has taught its British puppet state how to mimic Washington’s Gestapo ways.
The latest revelations of the criminal activities of the Amerikan National Stasi Agency comes from a leaked NSA document that shows that the Stasi agency considers WikiLeaks Julian Assange to be a “malicious foreign actor” and launched “an international effort to focus the legal element of national power upon non-state actor Assange, and the human network that supports WikiLeaks.” Clearly, the Gestapo is upon us….
Reprinted with Permission, Centre for Research on Globalization in the name of “Fair Use.”
Source video: Defense Imagery and Video Distribution System
Source video: Defense Imagery and Video Distribution System