Friday, June 24, 2005

Rove Apologizes

I'm sorry if I offended the Democrats by my recent reference to how some liberals spoke and behaved regarding the attacks of September 11th.

I regret that, now at the core of the Democrat Party, launched a petition less than 48 hours after the collapse of the Twin Towers that stated (emphases added):

"We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of the United States
of America and of countries around the world, appeal to the President of The
United States, George W. Bush; to the NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson; to
the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi; and to all leaders
internationally to use moderation and restraint in responding to the recent
terrorist attacks against the United States. We implore the powers that be to
use, wherever possible, international judicial institutions and international
human rights law
to bring to justice those responsible for the attacks, rather
than the instruments of war
, violence or destruction."

I regret the admonitions of Rep. Neil Abercrombie on October 1, 2001 in Roll Call: "I truly believe if we had a Department of Peace, we could have seen [9/11] coming."

I am deeply sorry that Al Sharpton, in the New York Times on December 1, 2002, made this characterization of the 9-11 attacks: "America is beginning to reap what it has sown."

I wish I could retract the statement that Rep. Marcy Kaptur’s made on March 1, 2003 in the Toledo Blade: "One could say that Osama bin Laden and these non-nation-state fighters with religious purpose are very similar to those kind of atypical revolutionaries that helped cast off the British crown."

Let me also apologize for Senator Joe Biden who, on October 22, 2001 said, “The Bombing Campaign, [Biden] Said, Reinforced Existing Stereotypes Of The United States As A ‘High-Tech Bully …’” (Miles A. Pomper, "Building Anti-Terrorism Coalition Vaults Ahead Of Other Priorities," Congressional Quarterly Weekly, 10/26/01, no link)

And for Representative Dennis Kucinich on September 30, 2001: "Sitting In His Capitol Hill Office Last Week, Near A Window Where He Could See The Smoke Rising From The Pentagon On Sept. 11, Kucinich Insisted He Is More Optimistic Than Ever That People Worldwide Are Ready To Embrace The Cause Of Nonviolence.” ... “Afghanistan May Be An Incubator Of Terrorism But It Doesn’t Follow That We Bomb Afghanistan …” (Elizabeth Auster, “Offer The Hand Of Peace,” [Cleveland, OH] Plain Dealer, 9/30/01)

And, alas, for poor John Kerry, for saying on April 19, 2004: "I will use our military when necessary, but it is not primarily a military operation. It's an intelligence-gathering, law-enforcement, public-diplomacy effort." And, "[W]e're putting far more money into the war on the battlefield than we are into the war of ideas. We need to get it straight." (Washington Times, 4/19/04). And, “[W]hat We’ve Learned Is That The War On Terror Is Much More Of An Intelligence Operation And A Law Enforcement Operation.” (NPR’s “All Things Considered,” 3/19/03)

Last but not least, I apologize for Howard Dean. During the primary campaign he said he thought it was possible that George Bush conspired with the Saudis to cover up their involvement in the 9/11 attacks. And yes, I should apologize for Ted Kennedy too. Ted Kennedy keeps talking about how Bush cooked up the entire war on terror at his Crawford ranch, so I must extend my apology for him also. Oh, I almost forgot. I apologize for Dick Durbin, the second ranking Democrat in the Senate, for comparing Camp X-Ray to Dachau, the gulags, and the Cambodian killing fields?

Let the record be clear about this. I regret the Democrats being on the wrong side of history, and I apologize for their outrage at being proven so profoundly wrong since the attacks of 9-11. I am deeply sorry that so many of them blame America for terrorism and seem more concerned about the level of Christina Aguilera music in Gitmo than they are about defeating our attackers.

With friends like these, who needs enemies.

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