I am getting upset by the whole Karl Rove brou-ha-ha and subsequent storm in the blogosphere. For those of you who are wisely not watching the news, Karl Rove said some things in a conservative forum last night, and is being raked across the coals by democrats. He said, among other things,
"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers,"
Dems, and lots of bloggers (Kos, Liberal Avenger, AmericaBlog, Wonkette, Atrios, TalkLeft, Crooks and Liars, and whole hosts of others) are talking about it, some calling for his resignation. Of course, the White House is defending him.
Primarily, what's getting people's goats is that he is using 9/11 to try and prop up the president, who is not doing so well popularly speaking right now. Even Families of September 11 are annoyed. This is, for sure, reason for his dismissal, although I can't imagine it happening.
But there is something else here, in the democrats comments. From the LA Times:
"In seeking further to refute Rove's charge, Democrats also noted that just three days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Senate voted 98-0, and the House voted 420-1, for a resolution authorizing Bush to "use all necessary and appropriate force" against those behind the attacks. They also pointed to the president's statement after the vote, in which he praised Congress for being "united so powerfully" while sending a clear message to America's enemies."
So Democrats didn't want to appear like cowards, and were angry that Karl Rove said that liberals wanted to "prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers".
Guess what? That is, in fact, the compassionate, progressive response to an attack like 9/11. I'm not at all ashamed that I thought that we should approach 9/11 with criminal investigations to bring those responsible for the attacks to justice, help and support for those who were victims, and a careful look at why it happened in the first place, to make sure it doesn't happen again. I don't think that barreling into a country with guns drawn and bombs flying, killing hundreds or thousands of innocent civilians (some estimates suggest as many or more innocent civilians were killed in Afghanistan than were killed in the World Trade Center,) is going to make sure it doesn't happen again. Let alone going into a country that had nothing to do with it.
Why is it that we have two parties that try to one-up each other on how brutal and violent to be? It makes me sick.