Giuliani: 9/11 Was 'Most Complicated Day of My Life'

Wednesday, 11 Sep 2013 12:33 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Wednesday that the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was the "most complicated day of my life."

"It was the worst day, it was the greatest day. Some of the greatest losses and some of the greatest acts of heroism," he said on "Fox & Friends" in recognition of the 12th anniversary of what has come to be known simply as 9/11.

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The Republican, who won praise for his handling of the tragedy that day, said the response of the city in the aftermath of the trade center attack that took the lives of 2,753 people shows the strength of the American spirit.

"I think, ultimately, you look 12 years later, this city is a lot stronger than it was before. Twice as many people live down here today than before Sept. 11. That is a real testament to American resiliency," he said.

The former mayor and 2008 Republican presidential candidate also addressed the first anniversary of the terrorist attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, which he has said has yet to be fully investigated and explained by the administration.

"I have significant questions about the action of the United States government that night [on Sept. 11, 2012], including our president. I still don't know where he was that night, and why we didn't immediately deploy as much force as possible to the area," Giuliani said.
"I think the people who died that night and their families deserve a lot better than the way in which their government has treated them," he added.

Giuliani also weighed in on President Barack Obama's speech Tuesday night laying out why he believes the United States must retaliate militarily if necessary in response to Syria's reported use of chemical weapons if a Russian proposal to place the weapons under international oversight falls through.

"I'm probably as confused as everyone else by the president's actions with regard to Syria. From the very beginning, they've been completely incomprehensible. Now he found someone to follow, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin," Giuliani said.

"We're going to negotiate with Russia and Syria. And Syria is going to let us inspect the chemical weapons they've always denied having. Something in that picture is very, very strange."


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