Friday, October 07, 2005

NY Times: Bush Doing the 9/11 Time Warp Again

The New York Times has a good editorial today on the "major" speech – according to White House spin -- that Bush gave on Iraq yesterday and the extent to which it was the same old, tired mantra: 9/11, 9/11 and more 9/11.


Ever since the terrorist attacks, the main thing Americans have wanted from Washington is a sense of safety. That takes more than hyperalertness to suicide bombing threats, important as that is. No matter what the terrorists are up to, it is not possible to feel safe if the federal government does not appear to know what it is doing on so many different levels.


The president's inability to grow beyond his big moment in 2001 is unnerving. But the fact that his handlers continue to encourage him to milk 9/11 is infuriating. For most of us, the memories are fresh and painful. We mourn the people who died on Sept. 11, as we mourn Daniel Pearl and other Americans, not to mention innocents from other countries, who were murdered by terrorists. The administration's penchant for using them as political cover is offensive. It threatens to turn our wounds, and our current fears, into cynical and desperate spin.

Read the rest here.