9/11 may have claimed three thousand lives on that infamous day, but there's no denying it also gave a second wind to many flagging political careers in America.
Of all the cynical opportunists who have been busy milking the 9/11 gift, none has been sucking harder on the golden teat than former NYC mayor Rudy Giuliani.
He was hard at it again today, using the occasion of the Ahmadinejad speech at the UN to castigate Obama for his failure to start a war with Iran.
"Out with the murdering mullahs" he cried, to the approval of an Iranian-American crowd who pine for the return of the murderous but at least rabidly pro-American Pahlavi dynasty.
He was joined on the podium by fellow opportunists Tom Ridge and Newt Gingrich, a triumvirate who would well quality as poster boys for the decline in American credibility post 9/11.