Why liberals are wrong about politicizing the memory of 9/11
ATLANTIC CITY, May 15, 2014 — The opening of the 9/11 museum in New York City has created an everlasting memorial for all of the victims. The story of every one of the nearly 3,000 lives lost on September 11th, 2001, is being told.
Children and grandchildren of the fallen will get to know about the final hours of the people they spent far too little time with on this earth.
Unfortunately, as more time goes by, it becomes clear that many of the 9/11 victims died in vain.
At the risk of offending the half of the country that needs and deserves to be offended, Democrats’ liberal policy and tip-toeing around the issue of whether 9/11 was the result of radical jihadsts are the reason why there will be more terror victims in the years to come.
This is a political issue.
Let liberal heads explode. Let them scream about how 9/11 must not ever be politicized. 9/11 must stay non-partisan.
Wrong. Totally, completely, unequivocally wrong. 9/11 and this museum must be politicized.
Bill Clinton’s response to terrorism was to treat it like a law enforcement problem. Multiple acts of terror against America on his watch went unanswered. In 1993 the World Trade Center was bombed. Then came attacks on the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
In 2000, the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole happened without consequences. In each situation, radical Islam was to blame. In each situation, radical Islam was ignored.
Liberals desperate to avoid the radical Islam narrative clung to the Timothy McVeigh bombing in Oklahoma City. McVeigh was a terrorist, but his lack of a connection to radical Islam was a statistical aberration. Liberals treated Oklahoma City as the rule rather than the exception.
Clinton had several chances to take custody of bin Laden from the Sudanese government, and refused him out of fear of offending radical Islamists.
After 9/11, it took Republican President George W. Bush to grasp that an enemy was at war with the United States. Bush led the Global War on Terror that removed the Taliban from Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein from Iraq.
Moammar Khadafi voluntarily turned over his weapons program in Libya, once again proving that force works.
Most liberals declared the Global War on Terror a failure, but what they really meant was they despised George W. Bush because of the disputed 2000 election. But facts are inconvenient things.
The Clinton approach failed. The Bush approach worked.
Democrats became determined to implement their failed approach rather than concede that Bush could be right about anything. Along came Barack Obama, with all the failures that accompany liberal Democrats.
The only Obama successes came from continuing Bush policies. Bush-Cheney interrogation methods allowed U.S. forces to find and kill 9/11 leader Osama bin Laden. Aggressive use of predator drones took out some al-Qaeda leaders. On every other front, Obama reversed the Bush approach. The result was a return to repeated terrorist attacks against America.
There was the Fort Hood shooter. There was the “shoe bomber” and the Christmas Day “underwear bomber.” There were the Boston Marathon bombers.
There was Benghazi, which occurred on the eleventh anniversary of the original 9/11 attacks. All of these attacks were the result of radical Islam.
The evidence is in. The conservative Republican approach to handling terrorism works. The liberal Democrat approach gets more people killed.
At this point liberals are so desperate to protect their narrative of a successful approach to foreign policy that they just make up words. “Workplace violence” and “overseas contingency operations” replaced terrorism, radical Islam and war.
Foreign policy used to be bipartisan because both major parties were determined to keep Americans safe. The Democratic Party of Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Henry “Scoop” Jackson is dead.
The Democratic Party is now overrun by the counter-culture George McGovern supporters who never understood how the real world works. Democrats elected leaders such as Michael Dukakis, a Massachusetts liberal who coddled criminals. Then came Bill Clinton, a draft dodger who loathed the military. Al Gore was more concerned with environmental nonsense than global terrorism. John Kerry threw his ribbons away and called American troops murderers and butchers no better than Genghis Khan.
Clinton got elected and gutted the military. Barack Obama did the same. The rare Democrat offering sanity on foreign policy, Joseph Lieberman, was kicked out of the Democratic Party.
Now Democrats want to elect Hillary Clinton, a woman without any foreign policy accomplishments except getting innocent Americans killed.
Rather than admit their failures, the left tries to equate their bungling to the Iraq War. People die in war. They should not repeatedly be murdered during peacetime. No sane individual would blame Bush for Iraq War deaths or Truman for World War II deaths. So sane person would make excuses for deaths of American diplomats, even if it shines bad press on a liberal president.
All the museum exhibits in the world will not mean a thing unless those who claim to be against civilians being murdered actually do something to stop the murders.
9/11 must be politicized until liberal Democrats are either shamed or dragged kicking and screaming into accepting the conservative Republican approach to fighting terrorism.
If liberals want to stop being blamed for getting people killed, then they should stop getting people killed. Democrats need to stop focusing on their own bruised egos and start saving lives.
Anything less than the neocon George W. Bush approach is surrender. All the museums in the world will not absolve those who surrender in the face of radical Islamists wanting to bring about more 9/11 tragedies.