Monday, September 11, 2006

Boston Globe says Bush worse than Al Qaeda

Tell me again: why doesn't the electorate trust the left with national defense? Does it have anything to do with perverted moral equivalencies, inability to recognize the true enemy, or a reflexive disdain for this country (and therefore an implicit solidarity with our enemies)? Nah...couldn't be. From the Globe:
THE FIFTH ANNIVERSARY of the Sept. 11 attacks is a day of remembrance and special sadness for the nation, and all those who knew any of the 2,973 victims. Yet in the long run, the reaction of the Bush administration may prove more harmful to the national interest than even these horrific attacks. In speeches over the last two weeks, Bush has painted the attack as a battle in "the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century." And he said of Al Qaeda, the jihadist group that organized the attack: "They're successors to fascists, to Nazis, to communists."
That's right, ladies and gentlemen: horrific attacks that result in mass murder of thousands of innocent Americans aren't nearly as horrible as this country fighting back against that kind of evil. Moral equivalence: check.

The attacks were fiendishly clever, taking advantage of the overconfidence of Americans in the security of their borders and the failure of the FBI and CIA to share intelligence. Yet Al Qaeda lacks the military and economic power of a nation-state to mount a sustained series of attacks.
In other words, the Globe echoes Jean-Francois Heinz-Kerry in asserting that terrorism is a nuisance, akin to a mosquito at a picnic. Inability to recognize the true nature of the enemy: check.

And its ideology is a throwback to medieval times when the Muslim caliphate ruled the Middle East. Its belief system does not offer the illusions of modernity that drew people to Nazism or communism.
No, but its belief system is every bit as brutal and evil in its imposition on the citizenry. Continuing:
After the attack, to be sure, the administration deftly handled the campaign to topple the Taliban government in Afghanistan and expel Al Qaeda from its base there. But then Bush and his lieutenants allowed Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda leaders to escape into Pakistan. The administration has been overreacting ever since.
Too bad Bush let OBL get away, huh? That marked the third time that OBL was "allowed" to get away, with the other two times being in 1996 (Bubba admitted turning down the Sudan's offer to take him) and 2000 (when OBL was in a drone's site and the order was given to NOT attack...the Cole attack came shortly thereafter). Interestingly, those two facts seem to be omitted.

The Bush administration decided to put the bulk of the people captured in Afghanistan -- Al Qaeda agents and those caught up in the fighting -- into prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they were denied the rights of prisoners of war. The few high-ranking captives were consigned to secret prisons outside the United States where they were subjected to abusive interrogations. Bush announced last week that these prisons had been closed and the inmates moved to Guantanamo Bay. But the damage has been done. Many Muslims look at the United States as a jailer and torturer.
Reflexive disdain for this country (and therefore an implicit solidarity with our enemies): check.

The newsroom at the Globe may have their men growing out beards and women picking out their burqas, but that choice will be made BY them and FOR them...not for me!