The sister of an American Airlines pilot killed on 9/11 when his plane slammed into the Pentagon has ripped President Joe Biden over the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan – saying “the terrorists have become so much smarter.”
Debra Burlingame, who lost her brother Charles “Chic” Burlingame III, told Fox News that she was enraged with Biden after she watched a clip of then-President George W. Bush promising to respond to the terror attack almost 20 years ago.
“Just listening to that fills me with rage,” Burlingame told “The Story” host Martha MacCallum. “Because I can’t imagine what the sound bites 20 years from now will be from President Biden: Those [from Bush] speak to everything he’s not doing.”
She continued: “I believe we’re in grave danger now. This administration is now embracing a terrorist regime: The very people he’s referring to sheltered Osama bin Laden, the ones that provided him a safe haven while they practiced storming the cockpits and killing the pilots.”
After the 9/11 attacks, Bush proclaimed: “Either you’re with us or you are with the terrorists.
“From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime,” the Texas Republican said. “There’s no negotiations, there’s no calendar. We’ll act on our time.”
American Airlines Flight 77 was en route to Los Angeles from Dulles, Virginia, when a group of terrorists led by Hanji Hanjour hijacked the aircraft, which slammed into the Pentagon, killing everyone on board and several people inside the building.
Burlingame said Hanjour and other terrorists trained and practiced hijackings in Afghanistan, where they used animals instead of people and knives instead of box cutters.
“That regime is now in place [in Kabul]. Some of the very people involved … are the people that President Biden is calling a friendlier, kinder Taliban,” she told MacCallum.
“No. They’re mullahs installed now. They have members of the Haqqani Network in their ministry. Haqqani is more vicious than Al Qaeda: They are known for brutal hostage-taking,” added Burlingame, who predicted “some very dark days ahead” because of Biden’s actions.
“This anniversary is devastating. I could cry right now over what’s happening in Afghanistan. We’re in graver danger than we were on Sept. 10, 2001,” she said.
Brian Sullivan, a retired Federal Aviation Administration special agent told the Boston Herald that he sympathizes with Burlingame.
“Everybody needs to be aware. The traveling public is our last line of defense,” Sullivan, who warned of security lapses at Logan International Airport in the months leading up to 9/11, told the newspaper.
“It’s no longer see something, say something — it’s do something,” Sullivan added.
Flight 77 hit the Pentagon about an hour after both American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 — both out of Logan — struck the World Trade Center 18 minutes apart.
Burlingame plans to be at Arlington National Cemetery on the 20th anniversary Saturday to honor her fallen brother and everyone else who died during the War on Terror, according to the Herald.
“It’s almost unbearable this year — that’s just how I’m feeling,” she said, choking back tears.