Sunday, September 11, 2011

It's the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11 and Amazingly Enough, I Don't Feel the Slightest Bit Patriotic

Quite the opposite, if truth be told. And rather than watch the all-day jingoism-and-denial porn that will be on my teebee non-stop, I'm off to a party where we're going to get stinking drunk and watch bad movies.

And speaking of bad (well, actually pretty good) movies, here's something I originally posted over at BOX OFFICE on a previous 9/11 anniversary. Just to put a little blame where blame is due.

[From a press briefing on May, 17 2002 by (then) National Security advisor Condoleeza Rice, about the events of 9/11.]

DR. RICE: "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon; that they would try to use an airplane as a missile, a hijacked airplane as a missile."

Apparently, Dr. Rice doesn't go to the movies. Well, maybe she goes to the movies, but we certainly know she didn't go to see the very popular [worldwide gross: $121,969,216] 1996 thriller Executive Decision starring Kurt Russell and Halle Berry.

A movie in which some Middle-Eastern terrorists hijack a commercial airliner, load it with a huge bomb, and try to detonate it over Washington D.C.

A movie, we should add, that was made with the full cooperation of the Pentagon.

"I don't think anybody could have predicted..."

Oh, well. At least they killed Steven Seagal off in the first half an hour...
I should also add that the pilot episode of The X-Files spin-off, The Lone Gunmen (originally broadcast in March of 2001) is even more prescient, i.e. terrorists slam a plane into the World Trade Center.

Again -- who could have predicted?

Have a nice day, everybody.


Anonymous said...

I'm with you, I'm gonna avoid as much of the 9/11 jingoism as possible. I'll deal with 9/11 in my own way.


Brooklyn Girl said...

Already too many helicopters flying overhead. I can't wait until this day is over.

Sal Nunziato said...

Thanks for saying this.

edward said...

Yeah, tv will suck today.

You forgot to mention the best part of Executive Decision (besides Halle looking really cute)-- Steven Segall gets offed about 20 mins in.

steve simels said...


Saw "Contagion" Friday. Surprisingly good, in part because they knock off Gwyneth Paltrow in the first five minutes.

Seriously, they do, although I'm kidding about the hate jones for Gwyneth.

Sal Nunziato said...

OK, so it's hours later. Just how drunk are you?

steve simels said...

Pleasantly buzzed.