"The Mayor" Opens His Windbag Again

After all else has failed, in a battle to prove you’re conservative enough to be the standard bearer for the Republican party, there is only one thing left for a socially liberal Gopper to do…

Blame Clinton.

Rudy, in an attempt to continue politicking on fear while at the same time show off his Gopper chops, has opted to attempt to, like so many others before him, lay some of the blame of the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 on President Clinton.

The former New York mayor criticized Democrats, accusing them of weakness and naivete in dealing with terrorism. Giuliani made the comments to about 650 business, corporate and political leaders at Regent University, the conservative Christian college founded by religious broadcaster Pat Robertson.

“Islamic terrorists killed more than 500 Americans before Sept. 11. Many people think the first attack on America was on Sept. 11, 2001. It was not. It was in 1993,” said the former New York mayor.

Giuliani argued that Clinton treated the World Trade Center bombing as a criminal act instead of a terrorist attack, calling it “a big mistake” that emboldened other strikes on the Khobar Towers housing complex in Saudi Arabia, in Kenya and Tanzania and later on the USS Cole while docked in Yemen in 2000.

Rudy Rudy Rudy… Just because you talk like the conservatives doesn’t mean they’re gonna let you get all dressed up and head to the ball with them. It’s silly, but I’ll go through the whole spiel just to get it out of the way.

Laying blame on Clinton is somewhat ridiculous. He, according to officials, “correctly focused on Osama Bin Laden” through his tenure. He correctly treated Terrorism as criminal activity, thereby removing the political implications which gives terrorist activities much of its drive. He captured the attackers of the “first” attack, put them on trial, convicted them and jailed them. (For more details on how well Clinton did against terrorism, go on and read Richard Clarke’s Against All Enemies. It’s an oldie, but a goodie).

Compare this to Bush who from the moment he stepped into office, ignored Bin Laden, ignored a PDB that warned of OBL attacks, and the method used. Failed to, after the attacks, successfully track down and put to justice the man responsible, and gave the terrorists the political platform they so desperately wanted from the beginning.

Also compare this to “The Mayor” who likewise failed to act appropriately to relocate the emergency command center away from the World Trade Center complex, and did little to coordinate and properly equip emergency response personnel, leading to one of the largest firefighting unions in the country to declare Rudy as the only candidate for the 2008 presidency that they will NOT endorse.

But let’s not quibble, shall we. If we were to be intellectually honest, then we must admit that both the occurence and inadequacies of the initial response to the 9/11 attacks amounted to a huge pie of blame that can be passed around to lots of folks.

But that’s where things get weird. After blaming Clinton, Giuliani remarkably says… it’s wrong… to blame… Clinton?

“I’m not blaming anybody back then,” Giuliani said later in the day at a
campaign stop at a Jewish temple in Rockville, Md. “What I am saying is, I do
blame people after Sept. 11. Now you have to get it.”

Last September, Giuliani defended Clinton’s record amid political bickering
over which president – Clinton or George W. Bush – missed more opportunities to
prevent the Sept. 11 attacks.

“The idea of trying to cast blame on President Clinton is just wrong for
many, many reasons, not the least of which is I don’t think he deserves it,”
Giuliani said during a stop in Florida. “I don’t think President Bush deserves
it. The people who deserve blame for Sept. 11, I think we should remind
ourselves, are the terrorists – the Islamic fanatics – who came here and killed
us and want to come here again and do it.”


OH! I get it! It’s wrong to blame people for September 11th unless you’re running for president and need to throw some red meat to a hostile base. Well, that makes sense, doesn’t it?


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