It's a long article but nowhere in the whole thing is there any hint that George W. Bush might have had anything to do with the fact that the terrible things most people expected never came to pass.
New York would become a fortress city, choked by apprehension and resignation, forever patrolled by soldiers and submarines. Another attack was coming. And soon.
Tourists? Well, who would ever come again? Work in one of the city’s skyscrapers? Not likely. The Fire Department, gutted by 343 deaths, could never recuperate.
If a crippled downtown Manhattan were to have any chance of regeneration, ground zero had to be rebuilt quickly, a bricks and mortar nose-thumbing to terror.Eight years later, those presumptions are cobwebbed memories that never came to pass.
Read it here.