March 07, 2003

KSM, We Hardly Knew Ya

KSM, We Hardly Knew Ya

Another brief thought on Dubya's press conference that just ended. He began the press conference by reiterating that KSM had been apprehended and how significant a development that was. Would you think that one journalist might have asked a follow up on this? Apparently, KSM is so yesterday. But he is the man more responsible for 9/11 than any other al-Qaeda operative. He is the reason 3,000 plus died on that fateful day and ushered in a new historical epoch that will likely determine U.S. foreign policy for decades. Might a journalist have wondered where he was being held, what secrets he was divulging, how he was being interrogated, whether he would go before a military tribunal?

Not one. I don't know what this reveals about American journalists. Maybe media folks in any other major market, when the leader of their country is about to embark on a significant new conflict, wouldn't bother to query regarding past events when the plate is so full going forward. But there is something about the warp-speed media cycle that cheapens our national discouse, I fear. Even Dubya seemed to sense that the American public needed reminding about 9/11, before correcting himself and suggesting that the U.S. public didn't need reminding about 9/11 per se but about the very real potential for threats like 9/11 in the future.

Is our national memory so fleeting? Is the single bloodiest day on U.S. soil since the Civil War significantly receding from our collective consciousness not 18 months after the event? Given that the first opportunity to ask the President about the main culprit of the attack wasn't even taken up by the White House press corps--it might appear so.

Posted by Gregory at March 7, 2003 02:52 AM
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