Saturday, March 06, 2004

Should Bush be reminding us of 9/11?

Republicans are fond of saying how Bush has "kept us safe" since 9/11 and that we should be thankful Gore was not President. Many Americans seem to have fallen for this, perhaps because they have a vested interest in believing it whether it is true or not. These same Republicans like to indicate that 9/11 happened due to some failing of the Clinton administration. It is time we put this in the proper perspective for folks.

Less than 5 weeks into his Presidential term, Bill Clinton presided over the most significant foreign terrorist attack in the USA up to that time. On February 26, 1993, the World Trade Center was bombed by Islamic fundamentalists. What followed? Arrests, convictions and 7 years and 11 months of relative safety on our shores. Millenial threats were thwarted and America went about its business. Yes, there were Al Qaeda attacks elsewhere in the world, but not here. Does Clinton get credit for this? Does that fact that our feeling safe from foreign terrorists came to a screeching halt less than 8 months into Bush II's administration raise questions of a collossal failure on his behalf? Why aren't these views at least equally common? Because the Repugs have framed the discussion, up until now. It is time to reframe it.

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