Terror blame game has double standard
by Kevin Foley
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May 02, 2013 10:34 PM | 1026 views | 9 9 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On the evening of September 11, 2001, our hearts broken, President George W. Bush addressed the nation, saying, “This is a day when all Americans from every walk of life unite.”

He was right, and we did. Regardless of politics, Americans rallied to the president, looking to him for leadership and reassurance. Nobody was demanding accountability. Nobody blamed Bush. We just wanted the terrorists and their allies found and brought to justice.

Tragically, that wasn’t what happened.

Instead, Bush used 9/11 to justify the unnecessary invasion of Iraq and the occupation of Afghanistan, which continues today at a cost of 2,200 American lives and $1 trillion.

Meantime, Bush jammed through the Patriot Act while his lawyers wrote opinions approving torture and warrantless wiretaps.

Then, stunningly, Bush said he no longer cared about 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

When Democrats questioned Bush’s actions and words, Attorney General John Ashcroft lashed out, saying, “Your tactics only aid terrorists, for they erode our national unity and diminish our resolve. They give ammunition to America’s enemies, and pause to America’s friends.”

Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle wondered aloud if America’s war on terror was flagging. Outraged Republican Rep. Tom Davis replied that Daschle’s, “divisive comments have the effect of giving aid and comfort to our enemies by allowing them to exploit divisions in our country.”

After it was disclosed that Bush had been warned in August 2001 about the probability of an al-Qaida attack using hijacked airliners and did nothing, Democrats demanded to know what other intelligence the administration had received before the attacks.

Dan Bartlett, Bush’s spokesman, responded by saying Democrats, “are (doing) exactly what … our enemies, want us to do.”

While far fewer died in the Boston bombing than on 9/11, it was a terrorist attack nonetheless. America remains at war with terror. But rather than “unite” and stand with President Obama, Republicans and the conservative media are wantonly politicizing the bombings.

So what’s changed for the GOP? Well, we have a Democrat in the White House who, unlike his predecessor, is successfully prosecuting the war on terror.

Yet, despite all the classified and unclassified evidence to the contrary, Republicans continue to blame the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi on Obama and possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Now they’re scrambling to pin the Boston bombings on the president.

“I just know the system is broken. The ultimate blame I think is with the administration,” Sen. Lindsay Graham last week.

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert declared the Boston terrorists were successful because of Obama’s “political correctness.”

Jeffrey Kuhner of the far right Washington Times absurdly opined that Obama should be impeached because, “he refuses to acknowledge that we are in a war with radical Islam.”

For conservatives, it was treasonous to question Bush, but it is patriotic to lay blame for the Benghazi and Boston terrorist attacks on Obama.

But don’t these “tactics” give “ammunition to America’s enemies”? Aren’t Graham, Gohmert, and Kuhner doing “exactly what … our enemies want us to do,” “exploit(ing) divisions in our country”? Don’t their attacks “erode our national unity”?

And if Graham believes the system is broken, where was his outrage in 2005 after Bush’s Justice Department reported the FBI missed at least five chances to capture two of the 9/11 hijackers living in the U.S.?

The naked hypocrisy doesn’t stop there. Last week, when the George W. Bush Presidential Library was dedicated, conservatives attempting to rehabilitate the former president’s eight disastrous years, had declared Bush kept us safe after September 12.

That assurance doesn’t mean much to the families of the 2,977 innocent people murdered by al-Qaida terrorists on September 11.

Kevin Foley is a public relations executive, author and writer who lives in Kennesaw.
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Laura Armstrong
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May 03, 2013
Uh, let's see Kevin. Bush was warned in August about al Quaeda. Two weeks later on Sept. 11th the planes hit. Yeah, right. Blame Bush for not finding Osama and stopping that plan in time. Great column if you are a hate Bush liberal. Really makes sense.

Then, Benghazi. Sept. 11th anniversary. Diplomats on record begging for more security. Night of terror happens, Obama missing in action from situation room. Staff refuses to send special operators. People die. Admin. blames it on some stupid YouTube movie and lies, lies, lies to the families of the dead Americans. No comparison. No hypocrisy.
Kevin Foley
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May 05, 2013
Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US was the President's Daily Brief prepared by the Central Intelligence Agency and given to U.S. President George W. Bush on Monday, August 6, 2001. The brief warned of terrorism threats from Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda 36 days before the September 11, 2001 attacks.

A member of the independent panel that reviewed the September attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya is calling attempts by Fox News and congressional Republicans to blame Hillary Clinton for the deaths of U.S. personnel "total bull****."

Fox News has been promoting Republican attacks blaming Hillary Clinton for security cutbacks prior to the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. But Richard Shinnick, a member of the five-person State Department Accountability Review Board that reviewed the Benghazi attacks last fall, says such claims are unfounded.

Old Marietta
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May 06, 2013
Edmund_Burke's use of the terminology "local pestilence" to describe Mr. Foley is offensive and reminiscent of the language of Julius Streicher and other propagandists in Nazi Germany to describe Jewish people. My question is what does Cobb County do to attract so many questionable and offensive people like Mr. Burke and his ilk?
George Middleton
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May 06, 2013
Thirty six days to find out, when, how by whom the proposed attack was to be carried out.

And you say "Nobody blamed Bush." That's blatant lie, The liberals trid to blame him them, (In fact one stood up in congress and openly accused him of not only doing nohting but of actually being complicit in it.)

You liberals blamed him then and you blame him now. Even your response to Armstrong is trying to blame him.
Bob S
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May 03, 2013
I'll buy a one year subscription to the "far right" Washington Times to anyone who can find an ounce of truth in this one. Pretty much every sentence twists reality in some way. i.e. "Bush rammed through the Patriot Act." Oh yeah Foley - best one yet???

P.S. - If he thinks the W.T. is "far right," does he think the NYT is equally "far left?" I doubt it.
Yes - indeed
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May 03, 2013
Great column by Mr. Foley in today's MDJ.

Keep it up - and many thanks for your very good columns in the past.
Edmund_Burke
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May 03, 2013
Seriously? Yes--indeed

This must be a parody post if you think wind-blown's columns are good. Very little stands up to analysis.



Even when I might agree with a point or two, Foley destroys any credibility by his laughable one-sided commentary. The Democrat party can do no wrong--actually he never mentions the other side: all of his essentially unfair remarks are petty attacks on any Republican or conservative.

What did the Marietta area do to be cursed with this local pestilence?
anonymous
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May 03, 2013
Keep trying to shore this one up. IT really needs it.
Bob Johnson
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May 04, 2013
Yes-indeed must be Mrs. Kevin Foley
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