Originally Published: June 30, 2005 10:38 p.m.
Democrats, after taking it on the chin over Sen. Dick Durbin’s remarks comparing U.S. interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to those used by Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, are trying to change the subject by jumping all over the White House’s deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove.
In a recent speech to the Conservative Party of New York, Rove drew what he said was a distinction “between conservatives and liberals” in the area of national security. He said, “Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and 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.”
Rove added that “conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban … liberals believed it was time to submit a petition.”
Democrats cried foul, and worse, but Rove wasn’t talking about Democrats, not all of whom are liberal. He was talking about liberals — and he was right, at least about some of the more prominent ones.
Liberal groups opposed military action against the Taliban following the 9/11 attacks. MoveOn.org circulated a petition appealing to the president to use “moderation and restraint in responding to the recent terrorist attacks against the United States.” And billionaire George Soros said, “War is a false and misleading metaphor in the context of combating terrorism.”
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Democrat from Ohio and also a liberal, said, “Afghanistan may be an incubator of terrorism, but it doesn’t follow that we bomb Afghanistan.” Now there is a man in need of therapy.
This gotcha sound bite game must stop. Now some liberal Democrats are calling for Rove to resign. How about everybody resigning? We can start over and rebuild the government the way the Founders intended. If that’s not going to happen, can we please lay off this childish rhetorical back-and-forth and get back to killing insurgents and capturing terrorists?
This isn’t and should not be about politics. This is about victory over the enemy, which will take a lot of energy and commitment. Right now, energy and commitment are being wasted on petty political yapping that helps no one, except our enemies.
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