Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman Called U.S. Response to 9/11 a ‘Tremendous Overreaction’ in 2011

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, meets with supporters as he leaves his event in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Ryan Collerd)
AP Photo/Ryan Collerd

Pennsylvania’s Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, called America’s response to al-Qaeda’s attacks on September 11, 2001, a “really tragic and tremendous overreaction,” days before the tenth anniversary.

In a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article published September 8, 2011, Fetterman called the horrific terrorist attacks that claimed the lives of 2,977 people “a giant sucker punch” and dubbed al-Qaeda “the new bogeyman.” He also took issue with how the United States responded to the attacks and categorized it as a “tremendous overreaction”:

While lamenting the loss of American lives Sept. 11, Mr. Fetterman, now 42, said that “there’s been a really tragic and tremendous overreaction to that day,” noting that the United States is still embroiled in two wars, thousands of military men and women have been killed and the U.S. is on the “brink of bankruptcy.”

He added that America should have honed in on al-Qaeda rather than engaging in a pair of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and asserted that “[i]f [President George W.] Bush had the same resolve and intelligence as [President Barack] Obama has, they would’ve gotten [Osama] bin Laden in Tora Bora.”

Breitbart News asked Fetterman’s campaign if he stands by the comments labeling the United States’ response an “overreaction.”

“John believes like President Trump that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake and that the hundreds of billions we spent in Iraq should have been spent on our own country instead,” said the campaign’s communications director Joe Calvello.

Just over two weeks ago, America commemorated the 21st anniversary of September 11, 2001. Fetterman held a pro-abortion rally that day and was accompanied by Planned Parenthood CEO Alexis McGill Johnson, as the Daily Wire noted. While the event’s theme did not focus on the vile attacks, the candidate did send out a tweet commemorating the anniversary.

“Today we’re thinking of those who tragically lost their lives on September 11, 2001,” he wrote. “Americans showed remarkable courage that day, from the heroes aboard Flight 93 to the brave first responders at Ground Zero.”

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