Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Only Rudy Can Save Us

Can I ask a really simple question? Why do Republicans keep insisting that America is invulnerable to terrorist attack if they, and only they, are in power? You hear them make this ridiculous boast all the time. Rudy Giuliani is the latest in a long line:

MANCHESTER, N.H. - - Rudy Giuliani said if a Democrat is elected president in 2008, America will be at risk for another terrorist attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.

But if a Republican is elected, he said, especially if it is him, terrorist attacks can be anticipated and stopped.

“If any Republican is elected president - - and I think obviously I would be the best at this - - we will remain on offense and will anticipate what (the terrorists) will do and try to stop them before they do it,” Giuliani said.

The former New York City mayor, currently leading in all national polls for the Republican nomination for president, said Tuesday night that America would ultimately defeat terrorism no matter which party gains the White House.

“But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have?” Giuliani said.

Here's the thing: On 9/11 there was a Republican in the White House. And Republicans controlled Congress. And a Republican, coincidentally Rudy Giuliani, was mayor of the city that was most devastated by the attack.

And another thing while we are on the topic. I'm not blaming George Bush directly for the 9/11 attack but to shift the blame to his political opponents is silly. Republicans act as if Bush had barely sat down at his desk for the first time in the Oval Office when the attacks occurred. In fact, nearly 20% of his first term was under his belt and he had taken vacation the entire month of August prior to 9/11. If Republican intuition on terrorism is so great (as opposed to the cowardly Democrats) why didn't the Bush administration and Republican Congress do something to thwart/prepare for 9/11 once that dastardly and treasonous Clinton was out of the way months and months and months before the September attack?

OK, that was more than one question and ther were rather rhetorical at that. But really, can we stop the stupid fear mongering already?

Update: Obama calls Bullshit on Giuliani.

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