There have been lots of accounts of impressions from the day of the attack. My own feeling was that our enemies had made a serious miscalculation. Despite comparisons to Pearl Harbor, they had done no damage to our military potential, but this was sure going to piss us off.

The Coast Guard Compass has a whole series including a special issue of the Coast Guard Magazine and comments by both the Commandant and then Commandant James Loy.

I particularly liked this tribute to the mariners, both professional and amateur who aided in the evacuation of people from lower Manhattan.



3 thoughts on “9/11

  1. I don’t believe their intent was to initially damage our military power. It was an attack designed to cause fear amongst the civilian population, and to provoke us, which it certainly did, leading us to commit to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Given the extent of the casualties we have suffered over the last 10 years in both of those OpAreas, and the doubling of our national budget over that same period, one could conclude that the attacks on the Pentagon and the WTC were wildly successful.

  2. Pingback: 9/11 Mariners Respond | Chuck Hill's CG Blog

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