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7 minutes of wisdom

I’m not sure the letter of July 19 addressing President Bush’s decision to remain in a classroom of children on Sept. 11, 2001, told the whole story or was exactly fair.

For one thing, President Bush had known for at least 30 minutes before he went into the classroom that a plane had crashed into a New York City building. He also knew that planes had been hijacked, so he already had an opportunity to consult with his advisers on what should be done before he sat down reading with the kids.

After being told that a second plane had hit the twin towers, he allowed himself another seven minutes of time to ponder the implications. This shows true courage and wisdom. You wouldn’t want rash decisions from the man who carries the nuclear football and ICBM launch codes for the thousands warheads currently targeting millions of people. If it had been a nuclear missile attack, he probably would have had to ponder it for at least an hour, and that could possibly be a good thing.

Jim Morris

Nevada City

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