Skip to comments.Rove Should Apologize. He Went Way Too Easy on Them (Yes!!)
Posted on 06/28/2005 2:49:42 PM PDT by CHARLITE
After years of attacks from the Left on the War on Terror, Karl Rove has finally said it like it is. America's Liberals have never approached the War on Terror with the seriousness it deserves. Oblivious to the obvious irony of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin's coerced and disingenuous apology for comparing the actions of American troops at Guantanamo Bay to those of the Nazis coming within the same week as Rove's comments, Democrats in Congress rushed to the aid of their ideological brethren attacking Rove and demanding either his resignation or a similarly disingenuous apology to that of Durbin.
This is more than the usual game of Washington tit for tat politics. While Karl Rove was only intending to criticize Moveon.org and other radical Leftist groups, he hit far to close to the truth for the comfort of the Liberals on the Hill, who above all else do not want the American people to know what they really see as the signifigance of 9/11 in American history. This is why the Liberals rolled out their venerable and well used "outrage machine" in response to Rove's comments. If the voters knew what the real opinions of the Democrats are, the Democrats could look forward to being the minority party for the next 10 years. And for this Karl Rove should have criticized them.
Rove was far too soft on the Liberals. He attacked a few fringe groups on the Left for recommending "therapy" rather than war as a response to 9/11 when he should have condemned the entire Democratic Party leadership and Liberal establishment not for just seeing 9/11 as a crime rather than act of war, but for attempting to manipulate the tragedy for policial gain and the advance of their agenda at the expense of American lives.
Just as a quick reminder. Here are a few of the statements of prominent Liberals and Democrats that vividly demonstrate Rove's point that Democrats are now trying to pretend do not exist.
Democrat Congressman Dennis Kucinich, "Afghanistan may be an incubator of terrorism, but it doesn't follow that we bomb Afghanistan." ("Offer the Hand of Peace," "Cleveland Plain Dealer," 9/30/01.)
Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Sharpton, "America is beginning to reap what it has sewn." ("The New York Times" 12/1/02)
Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kapur, "One could say that Osama bin Laden... [is] very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped to cast off the British crown." (The Associated Press, 3/6/03).
Democratic Senator Patty Murray, "[Bin Laden has been] out in these countries for decades, building schools, building roads... and the people are very grateful. We haven't done that." (World Net Daily, 5/17/05.)
Michael Moore, "[L]et's examine our contribution to the unsafe world we live in." (www.michaelmoore.com, 9/12/01.)
Democratic Senator Joseph Biden, the bombing campaign of Afganistan "reinforced existing stereotypes of the United States as a high tech bully." (Associated Press, 10/23/01.)
Democratic Senator and Presidential Nominee John Kerry, "War on Terror is far less of a military operation and far more of an intelligence gathering, law enforcement operation." (Associated Press, 3/19/03.)
The list can go on. But for a short cut you might want to read "Beyond September 11. An Anthology of Dissent," edited by Phil Scranton, which highlights the writings of over 30 of the most prominant Liberal thinkers who in one voice state that not only is the United States wrong in protecting itself from terrorism, but responsible for the attack to begin.
Then, after the Democratic leadership gives Michael Moore the seat of honor at the Democratic National Convention, they run around screaming, "How can you say we are soft on terror?"
Despite their denials, the Democratic leadership has gone far beyond just comments aimed at undermining the war effort and our safety, they have backed their words with actions.
Shortly after 9/11, nearly all Democrats supported military action in the War. This was not so much out of a sense of duty to their nation, but political survival. Opposing military action in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 would have been political suicide and the Democrats knew it. So they voted for the War and Patriot Act in the hopes the War on Terror would be fast and clean, leaving plenty of time for the voters to forget about it before the next election cycle as happened after the first Gulf War.
However, everything has not gone according to plan to for Left. The War has not been as easy as their weak resolve can stomach. More importantly, the War has kept the attention of the voters on national security, the traditional strength of the Republicans, and away from the Democrats preferred domestic policy agenda. The Democrats are faced with the prospect of remaining the minority party unless something drastic, like the War going poorly, happens. So, immediately after the initial public sentiments after 9/11 died away, the Democrats initiated a policy designed if not to actually limit our ability to fight the War, at least give the impression we cannot win.
Some of these policy decisions have been the opposition of the use of racial and religious profiling to identify security risks on airlines, demanding the closing on Gitmo and release of illegal terrorist combatants, and calling for a definite deadline for the pull out of American troops from Iraq. None of these changes would serve to help the United States' image abroad or improve our ability to fight the War, but they do serve the purpose of creating political scandal where there is none and maintaining as steady stream of negative news coverage to a liberal media that is so desperate to see Republicans out of power that they will consider retyped "official" memos where the originals have "mysteriously" disappeared as valid news sources.
This is what Karl Rove should have talked about. The systematic deception of the American people and undermining of the War by the Democratic Party for nothing more than a few seats in the House and Senate. The worse thing that can happen to the Democrats is for people like Dick Durban and Howard Dean to go out and actually articulate the belief and support of the Democrats in the ideas of groups like Moveon.org. It is alright to believe it, even act on it, but never say it. To the Liberals, gaining political power at the expense of another 9/11 and a few thousand more American civilans dead, is a price well worth paying.
Normal patriotic Americans knew exactly what Rove was talking about.
Alternatively, he could apologize by saying how sorry he is that the liberals are anti-American and pro-terrorist.
You should read this! - PING
Thanks for posting this--this is the Read of the Day
Like getting their heads lopped off.
While I'd be the first to chime in on the suggestion that Dems only voted as they did for political reasons, I actually think there is an overlooked item in all of this discussion. That is the possibility that lib/dems were actually VERY frightened by 9/11, knew they had no ideas, they knew their own incompetence in previous years on the matter of international terrorism would probably be exposed, and they recognized (though would never admit it) that adults were in charge.
Once they knew this administration was doing all it could to keep things in check (once again, something they wouldn't admit to) - sometime after the first anniversary of 9/11 - they started their incessant harping again.
I throw it out for discussion. Maybe, just maybe...they really were afraid for sorry butts, and now feel safe enough to be obstructionist whiners?
I can guarantee that's what Kerry, Pelosi, and Daschle talked about during that "40 minutes" where they claimed they couldn't speak.
"... liberal screamers don't have nearly the support that they somehow or other believe they do."
You are so correct .. and it was Kennedy who said the democrats may not be in the majority in the senate .. but they "represented the majority of the American people".
Which is ludicruos!
Former Democratic Presidential Candidate Al Sharpton, "America is beginning to reap what it has sewn."
Rev. Al has me in STITCHES!
Sewn as opposed to SOWN.
You are correct!
I remember the Democrats post 9/11 saying "Thank god Gore isn't president"
They read the results this morning. I forget the number for the first two, but "Nothing" got 72%.
It is the same station that carries Rush and Howie Carr, but the morning show isn't really conservative. Peter Blute is a Republican (former member of Congress, not liberal, but not really conservative), and Scotto is, well, it's hard to say . . . nuts? They were both sort of stammering when they read the results; they found it very hard to believe.
And I remember stories of people seen removing the Gore bumper stickers from their cars shortly after 9/11.
I'll never forget the admission by Gerald Posner -- who was a signatory on a full-page ad accusing President Bush of stealing the 2000 election -- that he in actuality did not know that Bush stole the election, but rather he thought he knew better than the voters so went along with the accusation. He thought the ends justified the means.
He said he was horror-stricken post-9/11 at how close Gore had come to winning the White House.
The liberals argue (several have used these precise same words) "But socialism has never been done properly!" As I've said many times here, when capitalism is not done perfectly, there are people out of work; when socialism is not done perfectly, there are gulags and mass graves. And there's no such thing as perfect.
I've always wondered how many Democrats woke up 9/12/01 as Republicans.
"... they found it very hard to believe."
Yes .. even when presented with the TRUTH - the democrats/liberals are loathe to accept it. It's part of their arrogance that they know better than the lowly unwashed.
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