August 30, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
I think the problems we face as a nation are much more important than building a mosque in lower Manhattan. The only reason I am writing about this is because it is an issue that I feel is being used to distract the country from the PROFOUND financial problems we face. They have now got the attention of the military. Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned last week that the national debt is the single biggest threat to national security! I do not believe this is spin! Mullen claims interest on the national debt will equal the entire defense budget by 2012–$600 billion in just interest. (Click here for the complete Mullen story.) There is also the issue of the U.S. being broke, and without “Enron” accounting the country is really $202 trillion in the hole. This, according to Boston University economics professor Laurence Kotlikoff. (Click here for the Kotlikoff story.) Why don’t we hear politicians and the mainstream media open a national debate on these very important issues?
That said, here is the way I feel about the Ground Zero Mosque. I was living in New York City at the time of the 9/11 attack. My wife stood on the roof of our 40 story building at 63rd and West End Avenue and watched the second tower fall. I was in Colorado at the time on assignment and drove across the country on little sleep to get back home. All the flags I came across on I-80 were at half mast. It was a horrible and sad time in America. The whole country was hurting. Everybody knows where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the attack. My story is nothing special.
I wish they would build the mosque somewhere else. I, like millions of other Americans, think it is in bad taste and insensitive. Just because I think it should notbe placed so close to Ground Zero doesn’t mean I’m Islamophobic or a bigot. If this really is all about “healing,” moving it would be the best PR move the Imam of the Ground Zero Mosque could make. That probably is not going to happen, but I still hold out hope.