What Was That About 9/11?

Evidence continues to abound that the only person who really thinks Rudy Giuliani knows what he is talking about because of 9/11 is, in fact, Rudy Giuliani.  If your sole source of information was what Rudy Giuliani says, you would believe that 9/11 should dictate everything in our lives, Rudy Giuliani was a 9/11 hero, and because of these two facts, Rudy Giuliani should be our leader indefinitely.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, Rudy’s got some stiff competition.

It should not be taken lightly that tomorrow the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, Tom Kean, will not endorse Rudy Giuliani but instead John McCain.  Camp McCain hopes the nod will help boost John McCain’s bona fides in the realm of National Security as well as help broaden and contextualize the National Security debate beyond the black and white boundaries that has characterized it among the Republican field, and in the national debate.

But beyond this, I think this goes as a direct slap in the face of Rudy Giuliani whose campaign continues to place a remarkable amount of rhetorical emphasis on his role as Mayor during 9/11 even after being lampooned by everyone from Stephen Colbert to Joe Biden.

While Tom Kean may not be a big enough name to provide significant help to John McCain’s questionable presidential aspirations, this does help construct a narrative regarding Giuliani.  This combined with the IAFF chosing not to endorse Giuliani (not only did they not endorse him, but they made it clear, before endorsing Dodd, that Giuliani was the only candidate they would not and could not endorse BECAUSE of his role in 9/11), and the flap regarding the Iraq Study Group (Rudy was invited but kicked out because he preferred to deliver paid speeches than to study Iraq) goes to prove that the only thing about Rudy’s National Security policies that is strong is the rhetoric.

4 Responses to “What Was That About 9/11?”

  1. Mark says:

    …Just one thing to add, because I’ve had some experiences with some of the big guns at the IAFF. Their anti-endorsement of Giuliani should not be taken lightly. They are one of the few unions that really tries to focus on which candidate is best for them, rather than which candidate most advances Democratic Party policies. They truly are perfectly comfortable endorsing a Republican if he is going to help firefighters in particular; whether he will help unions in general is a minimal consideration for them.

    The IAFF really does what it can to avoid burning bridges, even with Republicans. So when they come out with harsh words for a candidate like this, it means the candidate has really, really pissed them off.

  2. Thanks Mark. Yeah, I remember when the spokesman came out and said that and it was just, that was HUGE!

  3. Mark says:

    Just out of curiosity, do you know who the rep was for IAFF? Just curious if I know them….

  4. Tom Murphy says:

    see video: CNN/YouTube Republican Debate: Giuliani 9/11 Question

    Giuliani claims, “American foreign policy had nothing to do with the September 11th. September 11th happened because these people who hate us, hate us because of the freedoms that we have.” Giuliani is lying to us.

    “The politicians really are at great fault for not squaring with the American people. We’re being attacked for what we do in the Islamic world, not for who we are or what we believe in or how we live. And there’s a huge burden of guilt to be laid at Mr. Bush, Mr. Clinton, both parties for simply lying to the American people.” – Michael Scheuer, Former CIA Bin Laden Unit Chief

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