Sunday, November 27, 2005
Saturday, November 26, 2005
A complete and detailed summary of the events, the first sub-section dealing with the intimate details of the flights is difficult to read. I actually read this sub-section several months ago, and found that I couldn't continue.
I recently picked up the report again, on the advice of a friend who had read it while serving in the Army. He explained that he had read the entire report, found it fascinating, and felt that everyone should read it. So I toughened up a touch, and started in again.
The only thing scarier than the actual hijackings is reading about the complete lack of coordination and communication. In particular, the FAA was totally disconnected from the military and the executive branch of government. The final twist was the difficulty in keeping the Secretary of Defense, The Vice President, and the President in close contact.
Naturally, Secretary Rumsfeld was unavailble during and immediately following the attack on the Pentagon (he was actually assisting with rescue efforts).
All of the participants acted with the level of intensity and ingenuity the situation required, but the report makes evident how unprepared the government and military were for this kind of attack. The planes turned missiles were dramatically effective at inducing confusion, and had they been an overture rather than the central movement, we would have been easy prey.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Monday, November 07, 2005
Sunday, November 06, 2005
Considering the trip covered 6000 miles, the travel was pretty darn easy. We made it from door to door, unpacked, washed up, and hit the hay in 15 and one half hours.
The only part of the whole trek that I dreaded in advance was the cab-ride to Logan. Luckily, we spent under 20 minutes getting there, which is a local record, and made the whole she-bang seem easier.
We landed in the dark, so I have seen as much of Kaua'i as I did yesterday: not one thing.
First thing I checked was the view from the balcony (looks over the grounds to a nice break). Then I verified the facilities, by which I mean I double checked that they provide beach-side wifi. They do. Let the good times roll.