September 12, 2011

HERE'S WHAT I DON'T GET...:

The Years of Shame (Paul Krugman, 9/11/11, NY Times)

What happened after 9/11 -- and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not -- was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

...conservatives have long made essentially the same case about Pearl Harbor, that FDR seized it as a pretext to go to war in Europe. But, so what? Is anyone ashamed that we liberated the Jews, Poles, etc. from the Nazis? Maybe a few truly fringy lunatics.

Yet, Mr. Krugman seems to speak for a significant portion of the mainstream Left that is genuinely ashamed that W liberated the Kurds and Shi'a from the Ba'ath, South Sudan from North, Liberia, and all the other oppressed peoples he used 9-11 as a pretext to help out. By their shame do we know them.


Posted by at September 12, 2011 3:13 PM
  

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