The writing, acting, directing, editing, cinematography, and overall story-telling are first-rate. “The Path to 9/11” is fast-paced and thoroughly gripping the entire way. The five-hour miniseries (aired over two nights) is based on the 9/11 Commission report, and also on ABC News correspondent John Miller’s book, “The Cell.” ABC is going to air the first three hours on Sunday, September 10, and the final two hours (which culminate in a shattering depiction of 9/11) on Monday, September 11.
It will also show, as the 9/11 Commission Report showed, that the Path to 9/11 weaved throughout the PC-conscious Clinton presidency. Fresh from seeing an advanced screening of the miniseries, Giovundi Murty at Human Events Online says…..
This is the first Hollywood production I’ve seen that honestly depicts how the Clinton administration repeatedly bungled the capture of Osama Bin Laden. One astonishing sequence in “The Path to 9/11” shows the CIA and the Northern Alliance surrounding Bin Laden’s house in Afghanistan. They’re on the verge of capturing Bin Laden, but they need final approval from the Clinton administration in order to go ahead. They phone Clinton, but he and his senior staff refuse to give authorization for the capture of Bin Laden, for fear of political fall-out if the mission should go wrong and civilians are harmed. National Security Adviser Sandy Berger in essence tells the team in Afghanistan that if they want to capture Bin Laden, they’ll have to go ahead and do it on their own without any official authorization. That way, their necks will be on the line – and not his.
The astonished CIA agent on the ground in Afghanistan repeatedly asks Berger if this is really what the administration wants. Berger refuses to answer, and then finally just hangs up on the agent. The CIA team and the Northern Alliance, just a few feet from capturing Bin Laden, have to abandon the entire mission. Bin Laden and Al Qaeda shortly thereafter bomb the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, killing over 225 men, women, and children, and wounding over 4000. The episode is a perfect example of Clinton-era irresponsibility and incompetence.
I wonder if this incident is at all related to Sandy “Stickyfingers” Berger’s stealing of classified documents from the National Archives?
And there’s this from writer/producer of the miniseries Cyrus Nowrasteh…
It also dramatizes the frequent opportunities the Administration had in the ’90s to stop Bin Laden in his tracks — but lacked the will to do so. We also reveal the day-by-day lead-up of clues and opportunities in 2001 right up to the day of the 9/11 attacks. This is a terror thriller as well as a history lesson. I think people will be engaged and enlightened.
The 9/11 report details the Clinton’s administration’s response — or lack of response — to Al Qaeda and how this emboldened Bin Laden to keep attacking American interests. The worst example is the response to the October, 2000 attack on the U.S.S. Cole in Yemen where 17 American sailors were killed. There simply was no response. Nothing.
Unfortunately, the American media has not presented the true facts behind the “Path to 9/11” and they succeeded in spinning the 9/11 Commission Report as an attack against the Bush Administration.
Perhaps we are all fortunate that most Americans “waited for the movie” on this one and will tune into what sounds like an excellent miniseries.