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Dan Rather on David Letterman Show One Week After 9-11

Dan Rather, anchorman for CBS News, appears on The David Letterman Show shortly after 9-11. The show had been off the air for a week.

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RATHER: President Bush made what I think is his strongest statement yet when he went to the Pentagon this afternoon. He was Giuliani-esque -- I don't think he would mind me saying that, no. He looked the camera straight in the eye -- unblinking -- and said "Osama Dead or Alive."

[Audience applause]

RATHER: And with what we're dealing with here, which is not one man [Bin Laden], it's a hydra-headed operation that's in 55 countries around the world. Now granted, the focus is on, and we should understand, not just Afghanistan -- Afghanistan, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya.

RATHER: They hate America. They hate us. This is one thing that makes this war different. They don't want territory, they don't want what we got -- they want to kill us and destroy us. It's a heavy statement, but it's true -- they seek to accomplish our death. Death as a people, as a society, and a culture.

LETTERMAN: Why?

RATHER: Who can explain madmen, and who can explain evil.

RATHER: Saddam Hussein, if he isn't connect to this, he's connected to any other things. He's part of this 'Hate America' thing. You have to understand, Saddam Hussein is somebody I have sat this close, eye to eye.

LETTERMAN: The other day, Dick Cheney -- who to me seemed like the real deal -- Dick Cheney was talking about how counter-intelligence and espionage is dirty business, and maybe now we were going to have to get down in the mud with these people, and I thought well Holy God wasn't that the way it was supposed to be?

RATHER: This [war] will be long, the casualties will be greater. Let's face it, we've already had more casualties, I mean five thousand of our fellow Americans have been killed already. When we talk about casualties, we've suffered casualties, but there will be more. When we send out sons and daughters into this kind of war, into this Twilight Zone that they're going, there will be great casualties. Now, it remains to be seen whether we have the staying power, that's basically up to you, and me, and everybody in the audience, and every American, whether we have the staying power, whether we have the will to stay with it, is the big question. But you say 'Will it do anything?' I certainly think it can, but what would we think of ourselves if we didn't try.

RATHER: This will take years, this may very well take another four, eight, ten years. The world's view of us, in many places with many people, is we just don't have the stomach to stick anything out. Well, we were great during World War II, but this is a new generation, they're all spoiled.

Dan Rather, CBS News Anchor
Interview on "The David Letterman Show"
September 17, 2001


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Added: Jun-18-2012 Occurred On: Sep-17-2001
By: Truth-To-Power
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  • A successful
    War requires two major sacrifices from the American People. First, Brave Men and Women must go overseas and risk their lives and secondly, those left at home must refrain from being whiny little bitches.Apparently, one of those is asking a bit too much.
    I don't know how long it took for the media and the political left to start bitching about our battle against islamist terrorism..8 months? A Year? Year and a half maybe? It sure was not long, that I know. The sniping and rhetoric More..

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    • @Fire37Rescue Are you one of those guys that says "If you don't support the war & shut the hell up your a traitor"? If you are even remotely similar to this, you have absolutely no idea what the history of America is, and what America itself is all about.

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    • @john_b
      try me.

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    • @Fire37Rescue
      I am not going to comment on everything, but you are absolutely right that Americans have no will power to finish things that seem tough.

      War is tough and we don’t have the stomach for it. Once the shock is over we go back to grazing on green grass and forget the reasons we are/were there.

      Most of us are pussies and the enemy knows it. We want the war to be over before a rerun of “24” or the ten O’clock news comes on.


      Our enemies exploit this failure of our charac More..

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  • Dan Rather was wrong.
    The terrorists motives are religiously driven.

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  • 1. The president has absolutely no power to order the capture or execution of anyone without due process of law. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say the President (or even Congress for that matter) has the power to put a bounty on anybody.

    2. Literally within days of the attacks somehow bush knows it's Osama.

    3. When the most powerful government in the world, with the largest Intelligence agency in the history of the world (CIA) with the billions in funding, when they want to find someone More..

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    • @john_b
      I started answering you, but it's too much work.
      You won't get much love as an osama fan or supporter. He was the current antichrist and HAD to die,
      Due Process be damned, it's war!

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    • @viewer1962 Wrong. He was a trained operative of the united states and outlived his usefullness and was the only one who could derail the lies. So fuck yourself

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    • @john_b

      You are not alone, brother.

      :/

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    • @Neo
      You trufers are so nice and polite.
      And you look so cute in your tin foil hats.

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    • @john_b

      1) There is no "due process" in warfare, and US laws do not extend beyond US borders.

      2) Actually, within minutes virtually every television network came to that conclusion, and Bin Laden himself admitted he was responsible for the attacks:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qloshSGAJ1s

      3) No amount of money can locate a single human being hiding in a mountain range.

      4) See # 2.

      5) He was "disposed of at sea" so there would be no place for madrassa zombies to creat More..

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  • Wow. What a monumental horse's ass Dan Rather is...

    His career is an ugly stain on the U.S. MSM.

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  • Letterman and Dan Rather doing some warmongering on an entertainment show. Dan Rather being overcome with emotion "I have to stop here" (blinks eyes real fast) LMFAO. Commercial break so he can compose himself. Big applause.

    How do you like the staying power now? Is that enough? Nooo, a few more years to show "them" we mean business.

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  • Dan Rather = A sell out and a pentagon propaganda press puppet.

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  • Not a fun time in history to re visit. When I see stuff like this or 9/11 footage it just makes fighting the war feel justified. The reality is we cannot do this forever. On the bright side we have killed a shit load of terrorists including Bin Laden.

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  • is the same thing when you kill for hate than with ambition and economical interest

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  • A democrazy of peace.........ah and freedom

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  • What a powerful video! I agree with Mr. Rather's points that blame can not be pointed at Islam and the people responsible are just crazy people. I also support his point of staying calm and not striking back in rage. Revenge is best served cold is a refreshingly sane idea. Like Dirty Harry once said, "I have no problem with shooting as long as the right people get shot" Thanks for posting this video! voted.

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  • You all must realize that dan rather has opened a can a worms many times and did alot of work on what he says. hes got more privy info than most .Don't get me wrong sudam i am glad is dead , but who was hiding Osama ,I am think we needed to strike them both . But NOOOOO , we let them hide his worthless ass and many good men died for it , And the Dr who helped find him well where is his ass .and whos helping him .Do some bio on Dan and you might see more than you realize .

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  • -they hate us dave because we are the winners because we are the best- yeah right hahaha those are the side effects of all the stupid things the american goverment has done over the years and all the innocent people they have killed, the US have a lot of blood in their hands i think you have to bleed sometimes too

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    • @moparfreak Juarez Mexico is such a peaceful place, no killing going on there.

      "Juarez, Mexico - Murder Capital of the World"
      http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-18563_162-6767879.html

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  • Both of them are scum

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  • Dan Rather loves America unlike Bush and Cheney who went after Iraq. Afghanistan, Afghanistan . . .why did Bush go for Iraq? Oil companies told him to. His loser dad told him to. GOP politics have exaggerated the pain too much.

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    • @Nepean109
      Tissue?
      Jesus Christ you are still blathering those tired lines?

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    • @Nepean109
      I'll give it to you straight because you're a Canuck and NOT an American:
      "One way or the other, we are determined to deny Iraq the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction and the missiles to deliver them. That is our bottom line."
      President Clinton, Feb. 4, 1998.

      "If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction program."
      President Clinton, Feb. More..

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    • @Nepean109 DAN RATHER: "And with what we're dealing with here, which is not one man [Bin Laden], it's a hydra-headed operation that's in 55 countries around the world. Now granted, the focus is on, and we should understand, not just Afghanistan -- Afghanistan, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Libya. ... Saddam Hussein, if he isn't connect to this, he's connected to any other things. He's part of this 'Hate America' thing. You have to understand, Saddam Hussein is somebody I have sat this close More..

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  • Shortly after this Dan goes 'full retard' and letterman starts bangin his intern.

    ....interesting post.

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  • Fuck Bush and the Cheney he rode in with!

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