Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

Editor:  As we approach the 19th anniversary of that fateful day in September 2001 (usually referred to as 9/11) when terrorists killed thousands of innocent people by using airplanes as missiles in New York and Virginia and also would have struck in Shanksville, PA, if not for the bravery of those on board, what lessons have we learned? 

After the attack we were urged by President Bush to unite against a common enemy and he warned us not to blame all Muslims for the acts of those few who claimed to be Muslims but were fanatical extremists. At the direction of President Bush, an ecumenical service was held in the National Cathedral on the Friday after 9/11 where this point was made clearer. I was on the Department of the Army staff serving in the ACSIM Plans and Operations division, in bay 1E677 the Pentagon, lost two friends and know of a lieutenant colonel who was severely burned and survived to this day. What did I learn? 

1.We need to work together in this troubled world. Unity is strength. 

2. Congress needs to recall the day when they joined arms and sang “God Bless America” together on the steps of the capitol and ask why they would never dream of doing that today. Why?  

3. We must be ever vigilant but also avoid becoming the kind of country we used to train to fight against. We need to know who our friends are and strengthen the ties that bind us together. We cannot go it alone. “We The People” form the United States of America, not “I, The Donald.” MG Van Antwerp who was the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management that day and with whom I served, left me with a great personal lesson, too: “Tell those you love that you love them every chance you get and if you hold any grudges get rid of them.” He urged us all to look at the area where the plane hit. He understood that this would be a hard thing to do but that we had to do it and remember.

How different that response is from the response from the president who now sits in the White House. Where President Bush called for us to unite, President Trump is a divider. Instead of urging us to work together to solve our problems, he “stirs the pot” and deflects or deceives. Instead of strengthening ties with our allies, he belittles them and weakens them, especially with NATO, with is what Putin wants. He calls those who fought and died in the military “losers” and “stupid.” At the same time, he belittles our allies, praises dictators. For example, former KGB Col. Putin and now Russian leader is meddling in this year’s elections as he did in 2016, but he is believed over our own intelligence agencies. Trump is “in love” with the dictator in North Korea. His method of operating is to please his base, and how does what happens affect ME and my chance for re-election? He forgets that he is supposed to be the president of all the people and then reminds us that Lincoln was a Republican, and in so doing tries to bind his name with the 16th president. He forgets that Lincoln visited a cemetery where war dead were interred, but President Trump did not. 

Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg 

4 thoughts on “Letter: Anthony V. Fasolo, Leesburg

  • 2020-09-08 at 11:54 am

    Regurgitation of stale worn out talking points from an increasingly unhinged extremist political party.

    My favorite part is President Bush is suddenly now a swell guy. Nobody is falling for it Mr. Fasolo.

  • 2020-09-08 at 1:52 pm

    The one phrase I welcomed reading as credible was “We the people” not we the party that twists every news event to go against the candidate they don’t like instead of real journalism. We the people didn’t like being lied to about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq or that the Saudi terrorists who killed Americans on 9/11 needed to be taught a lesson by the USA invading Afghanistan wasting billions and American lives. We the people didn’t like Hilary or her proxies refusing to protect our Libyan Ambassador as they rushed to delete e-mails which would have shown their self serving “partisan” views. We the people didn’t appreciate Mr. Obama and VP Biden closing the ONLY hazardous waste site in the USA forcing ALL nuclear plants to house Chernoble qualified elements onsite for 1000’s of years. We the people have to hold our noses EVERY time we vote in a federal election because of the political deceit that is prevalent EVERYWHERE! Have you asked the former Mayor of San Francisco about his decision to give his then extra-marital girlfriend a juicy, high paying job or how about Hunter? You can yell from the roof tops why you don’t like a candidate but we the people know that only checks and balances protect us from tyranny no matter how much makeup is put on their partisan pig. Have you considered what happens if the debt level gets to a point that our full faith and credit is challenged as unreliable? Will all the free tuition, free medical care for illegal aliens, sanctuary cities, bailouts of mismanaged cities and states make up for a bankrupt America? When someone stands for term limits, limited campaign donations, Interstate competition for medical insurance, expand the ability to practice medicine away from the AMA monopoly and has no past misdeeds like 47 years of Congressional gamesmanship let me know. 🙂

  • 2020-09-08 at 2:31 pm

    A political hit piece, wrapped in the flag covered in the blood of the victims of 9/11

    Good grief.

  • 2020-09-10 at 4:56 am

    Unite? Come together? Sounds nice, but your politically divisive Democrat talking points suggest that’s not what you want at all. You are obviously all about party and not what’s best for America.

    We’ve seen what Democrats mean by “unite”” and “come together” . . . just take a look at our cities across America. YOU and your Democrat friends are funding the burning down of our cities, the assaulting of anyone who disagrees with you, even murder!

    Unite to you means get down on your knees or else!

    Well, thank God Donald Trump refuses to get down on his knees to you and your socialist friends. Thank God he has been able to stand strong against all the lies and attacks … even an attempted coup!

    God bless Donald Trump, and I pray God gives us four more years of his strong leadership!

    Unite to you means that what Nanny Pelosi and Chucky Schumer have been doing over the past four years? Is that what Comey, Strozk, Page, and Mueller were trying to do when they attempted to take down a duly elected president? Is that what the Democrat-funded violent thugs on the street are trying to do in cities across America?

    And is that what YOU are trying to do with your divisive political talking points, Mr. Fasolo?

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