Power Line tells us what 9/11 can and cannot justify
Paul Mirengoff of Power Line has been one of the innumerable right wing hacks who's pushed this view. The attacks, he wrote, might even have forced some politicians to question some of their most cherished opinions and beliefs.
The question of what Kerry's foreign policy will look like is actually a fascinating, open, and potentially vital one. On the one hand, Kerry has spent his entire career as a dove, waging political war against our military and intelligence services and belittling national security concerns. On the other hand, 9/11 changed everything. Surely even Kerry understands this, or at least understands that the political imperatives have changed.Sadly, Kerry didn't change enough for Mirengoff. Nor, does it seem, did any Democrats change enough for the members of the Fear Brigade. Democrats were so "pre-9/11," while Republicans were post-9/11-ites.
So, what happens when Paul Mirengoff actually comes face-to-face with a Democrat whose priorities were clearly--and markedly--readjusted after the attacks of 9/11? He calls him a flip-flopping "opportunist."
(W)hen Webb needed Clinton's help, he brought the man whose administration he had called "the most corrupt in modern memory" to help him raise funds. Webb explained his about face by claiming that 9/11 had wiped the slate clean.In other words, if 9/11 convinced you that our country should spend less time looking into the president's pants and more time devising policies to protect the American people, you're wishy-washy. If it convinced you to begin a disastrous war, lock up American citizens because of their race or just blatantly break the law, that's just fine with Mirengoff and his ilk. Bastards.
Thus, if Bush cared (about this--Nitpicker), he could take solace in the knowledge that if the wind changes, so too will the attitude of the erratic opportunist from Virginia.