- Sorry, but I'm compelled to interrupt our regularly scheduled programming for the comments made by Karl Rove addressing the Conservative Party in New York City last night.
“Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers….Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.”How dare this flaming asshole come into my city and once again use the murder of 3,000 people that occurred here to divide us and distract us from the disaster that is the Bush Administration and their criminal war. I was here, six blocks away from the attack, and I can assure you that there were no liberals nor conservatives here, Mr. Rove, just ashes, twisted metal, mutilated bodies – the ones that were left anyway - and human beings unified in grief and horror at what had transpired. And everyone was ready to unite behind our leaders in healing and appropriate response. The only “therapy and understanding" being offered was for the victims and their families, and where were you, Mr. Rove? Probably already working with Dick Cheney and Condi Rice and Don Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz to despicably take advantage of the attacks to invent a cause for a tragic war that is nothing more than the neoconservatives’ idea of foreign policy, and your strategy for the president’s reelection. (Notice I didn’t include the president on that list; to intimate that he is anything more than the boob we saw helplessly sitting in a Florida classroom after the attack is to give him far too much credit.)
“Conservatives saw what happened to us on 9/11 and said we will defeat our enemies. Liberals saw what happened to us and said we must understand our enemies.” [MSNBC]
All wars are tragic, but this one especially so because it didn’t have to happen, because Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, and because over 1700 Americans and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis have lost their lives because of your lies, with no end and no "last throes" in sight. This liberal would have led the cheers if your administration hadn’t botched the operation in Afghanistan and captured the man behind the attack, but you had other priorities to attend to instead. So next time you want to come here to exploit the loss and suffering of the loved ones of over 3,000 victims, why don’t you have the balls to stand up and do so in front of some real New Yorkers? (Though this one would probably be kicked out and threatened with arrest for the bumper stickers on his car.)
More from Markos, Josh Marshall, John Aravosis, and John Cole. I'll resume the usual content of this blog after I calm down.