9/11 got branded--
sold - as something that only Republicans suffered through and cared about.
Karl Rove's comment about the left's reaction to 9/11 has been drawing fire:
Peter Daou's response:
Karl Rove came to the heart of Manhattan last night to rhapsodize about the decline of liberalism in politics, saying Democrats responded weakly to Sept. 11 and had placed American troops in greater danger by criticizing their actions.
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State.
My office overlooks Ground Zero, and I'm looking at the gaping footprint as I write this. My wife and I were in New York that day, on our way to the WTC for a morning meeting. A chance phone call dragged on a few minutes too long and most likely saved our lives. I lost friends in the towers, and when I walk past the site, as I do almost every evening, the pain is as real as it was on September 11th, 2001.
I spent my youth in Beirut during the height of Lebanon's civil war, and I fought the Syrian presence in Lebanon long before the "Cedar Revolution." I watched young boys give their lives and mothers cradle their dying children in blood-soaked arms. I've seen more bloodshed, war, and violence, and shot more guns than most of the 101st Fighting Keyboardists combined. I wouldn't presume to question the strength or dignity of a stranger, and I pity those who blithely push the right=strong, left=weak rhetoric. It says far more about their inadequacies than it does about the target of their scorn. Today, Karl Rove took that rhetoric to a new, filthy low.
Words cannot express the contempt I feel for Karl Rove and for the chorus of brainless little yappers applauding his recent remarks on liberal reactions to 9/11.
I'd like to ask Karl and his puppies to stand anywhere in the vincinity of Ground Zero and repeat Karl's fatuous, lying remarks to a crowd of New Yorkers.
Whole lotta liberals in New York. Whole lotta those liberal New Yorkers lost someone in the towers. Whole lotta liberal New Yorkers who lost someone in the towers might want to break Karl's jaw today. Karl would be well advised to keep his sorry ass out of New York from now on.
Junior got less than a quarter of the New York City vote last November, as I recall. Yeah, the people most closely affected by 9/11, who are most intimate with it, are less than impressed with Junior and his war on terra.
You have to go away from New York City, to places where people barely remember watching the towers collapse on television, to find people still willing to listen to the crap that spews out of Karl's mouth. All 9/11 means to them is an excuse to advance their hard right agenda and pound the stuffing out of Muslims. And any Muslims will do.
Justice for the dead of 9/11 went on the back burner as soon as Bush decided to invade Iraq. (9/12?)
All I'll add is that Rove's comments are basically the same thing that the Republicans have been saying for the last three and a half years. Nothing new. Doesn't everyone yet understand that the GOP leadership is as loathsome as they come?
If not, understand it now, and take the gloves off from here on out. I don't want to hear one Democrat complain about Rove's comments and then turn around and bad-mouth Howard Dean the next time he says something nasty about Republicans. These are the kind of 'people' we're dealing with, folks, and they should be shown no mercy or respect. Nothing is out of bounds, not anymore.
I had friends who died in the twin towers, you pathetic excuse for a human being.
I wanted Osama's head on a platter.
I supported the war in Afghanistan.
What did we get, "Oh we couldn't find him. So we're going after this other guy. He's bad too. He tried to kill the Presidense's daddy."
A life stint in Abu Graib or Gitmo is too good for your hate filled ass.
Chicken shit clone of Dr. Goebbels.
You ought to hide your treasonous face from the sun in shame.