So Cal Thomas has caught on to the "Karl Rove wasn't talking about Democrats" defense:
In a speech last Wednesday 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, “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.
OK. Fair enough.
Then I expect Cal and the others making this specious argument then they shouldn't complain when Howard Dean or George Soros or I give the following speech:
Liberals saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said: we will defeat our enemies. Conservatives saw what happened to us and said: the deaths of Americans is an excellent excuse to revisit old battles. Liberals see the United States as a great nation which must engage its enemies nobly for its cause to be considered noble; conservatives feel that achieving the goals of their agenda allows them to drag our nation into darkness at their leader's whim.
Has there been a more revealing moment this year than when Repbulican Senator Rick Santorum, speaking on the Senate floor, compared a political argument with what was done by Hitler -- one of the most brutal and malevolent figures in the 20th century? Meanwhile, other conservatives argued that it wasn't enough to fight the Taliban, but that "We should invade (Muslim) countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."
Let me put this in fairly simple terms: the internet now spreads to the region the words of these conservatives, certainly putting America’s men and women in uniform in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of conservatives.
Now who could have a problem with that?