September 14, 2006

I can't even remember any more...reflections on 9/11

Been catching up on some reading this morning and I got pointed in the direction of Dan Froomkin's column from 9/11 of this year. The fifth anniversary has been well covered by others. Froomkin's column and the comments of others that he links to got me thinking about the feelings we all had that fateful day and in the weeks that followed. More to the point, Froomkin discusses how the Bush administration took an event that unified the whole country (and the world, really) and used it to their own political ends. And it isn't over. Addressing Bush's comments on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 (not his speech later that evening) Froomkin muses:

And -- while this is more speculative -- his comment about making the relatives whole could be the first sign of a White House PR campaign to use select Sept. 11 families to cast opponents of Bush's controversial anti-terror tactics as delaying justice for the victims.

What's also telling, as usual, is what Bush didn't say yesterday, and doesn't say, period.

He doesn't say we won't allow ourselves to be terrorized, and we won't be afraid. (That would run counter to the central Republican game plan for the mid-term election.) He doesn't say that in our zeal to fight the terrorists, we won't give up the qualities that make America great. He acknowledges no mistakes, he calls for no sacrifice, he refuses to reach out to those who disagree with him.

Quoting others:

Andrew Sullivan blogs for Time: "Next week, I'm informed via troubled White House sources, will see the full unveiling of Karl Rove's fall election strategy. He's intending to line up 9/11 families to accuse [dissenting Republican Senators John] McCain, [John] Warner and [Lindsey] Graham of delaying justice for the perpetrators of that atrocity, because they want to uphold the ancient judicial traditions of the U.S. military and abide by the Constitution. He will use the families as an argument for legalizing torture, setting up kangaroo courts for military prisoners, and giving war crime impunity for his own aides and cronies. This is his 'Hail Mary' move for November; it's brutally exploitative of Sept. 11; it's pure partisanship; and it's designed to enable an untrammeled executive."


Michael Tomasky blogs for the American Prospect: "Both the Times and the Post note this morning that Bush laid two wreaths at ground zero last night in the company of George Pataki, Mike Bloomberg and Rudy Giuliani. The Post goes well out of its way to remark that the event 'left aside the partisan rancor' that . . . well, that Bush & Co. have enforced on the country since about 9-14.

"If this event was so nonpartisan, where were [Democratic Senators] Chuck Schumer and Hillary Clinton? . . .

"In what sense does an event that features four Republicans but excludes the two senators who were representing New York at the time of the event, but who happen to be Democrats, leave aside partisan rancor?"

You know, like an abused spouse who can't remember the joy and hope of her wedding day, I have completely forgotten how I felt on 9/11/2001. It's just been beat out of me by a war based on lies, warrantless wiretapping, suspension of habeus corpus for all intents and purposes, torture, being told Democrats are "weak" on national security when all along they have tried to introduce bills to REALLY enforce our national secuirty rather than window-dress. I'm tired of being accused of siding with the terrorists if I so much as raise my hand to ask a question, being called unpatriotic because I don't agree with current administration policy, or because I don't think burning a flag is tantamount to treason, especially when I see the other side stomping all over the Constitution. And I am really, really tired of George W. Bush telling me that his "job" is to protect the American people. The presidential oath says nothing about protecting the American people. It says he is to uphold and defend the Constitution. It is the Constitution, not our borders, not our flag, not the Pledge of Allegiance, that makes us Americans. I would like George W. Bush to remember that. But I don't think he ever knew it in the first place.

So, for the numbness I feel on this fifth anniversary (three days removed) of 9/11, thank you George W. Bush and Co.

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