Saturday, January 02, 2010

Oh, How Short Their Memories

I'm constantly amazed at the short memories liberals and their accomplices in the media have. Take this column by Mike Allen at Politico:

The GOP is blaming Obama for the attack. But Republican lawmakers, candidates, pundits and commentators -- and the Bush administration -- blamed the CLINTON administration for 9/11. In September 2006, Secretary of State Rice told the New York Post editorial board, “Nobody organized this country or the international community to fight the terrorist threat that was upon us until 9/11. … We just weren’t organized as a country either domestically or as a leader internationally. But what we did in the eight months was at least as aggressive as what the Clinton Administration did in the preceding years…We were not left a comprehensive strategy to fight al Qaeda.” … Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), a few hours after the attacks: “We had Bill Clinton backing off, letting the Taliban go, over and over again.” … Then-Rep. Porter Goss (R-Fla.), later CIA director, in The New York Times, 10/22/01: “[T]he fact is that the Clinton administration was not very interested in our intelligence community, did not spend very much time worrying about, or using it, or investing in it. … It’s impossible not to go there if you really do an anatomy of why we are where we are today.”

The blogosphere wasn't in full swing in September 2001, but within months, there were plenty of lefty bloggers telling us how safe we were with Bill Clinton at the helm and how terrible GWB was at protecting American interests. My question for Allen and leftwingers now trying the, "B-but you said" defense is this: why was it impermissible to blame terrorist attacks on the previous administration when a Republican was the president but the same attacks are reasonable today?

Perhaps their memories are short. Or perhaps Allen and his ilk don't read Pandagon, Daily KOS, Echidne of the Snakes or even backwaters like Iowa Liberal. If he did, he would have read repeatedly how inept George Bush was at national security and how Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11 was a completely accurate documentary that really told the truth about the jihadi attacks. And most would be telling us that the attack at Fort Hood as well as the underwear bomber are still GWB's fault, one year after he left office.

For the record, I didn't blame Bill Clinton for 9/11 any more than I blamed George Bush for it. But after watching the left compare President Bush to Hitler, Pol Pot and Stalin, I am no longer in a forgiving mood. I've promised not to compare Barack Obama to Hitler or Stalin, but neither will I give him a millimeter of slack when he stumbles and falls flat on his face. Particularly when his government was warned about the underwear bomber back in October. Thank a liberal.