Democrats, after taking it on the chin over Sen. Dick Durbin's remarks comparing U.S. interrogation tactics at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to those used by Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, are trying to change the subject by jumping all over White House deputy chief of staff Karl Rove.
In a speech last Wednesday to the Conservative Party of New York, Rove drew what he said was a distinction "between conservatives and liberals" in the area of national security. He said, "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and 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."
Rove added, "Conservatives believed it was time to unleash the might and power of the United States military against the Taliban . liberals believed it was time to submit a petition."
Democrats cried foul, and worse, but Rove wasn't talking about Democrats, not all of whom are liberal. He was talking about liberals - and he was right, at least about some of the more prominent ones.
Liberal groups opposed military action against the Taliban following the 9/11 attacks. MoveOn.org circulated a petition appealing to the president to use "moderation and restraint in responding to the recent terrorist attacks against the United States." And billionaire George Soros said, "War is a false and misleading metaphor in the context of combating terrorism."
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Democrat from Ohio and also a liberal, said, "Afghanistan may be an incubator of terrorism, but it doesn't follow that we bomb Afghanistan." Now there is a man in need of therapy.
That great spiritual guru and camera-chaser, the Rev. Al Sharpton, engaged in liberalism's favorite pastime: Blame America first. Sharpton said the attacks on the World Trade Center were evidence that "America is beginning to reap what it has sown."
Rove didn't mention Democrats, so if the Democratic leadership responded to his critique of liberals, I guess those feigning outrage must be considered liberals.
Just to complete the connection between the liberals and the Democratic Party, last March Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Dick Durbin participated in a Washington rally with MoveOn.org. Durbin and Reid were joined by Sens. Edward Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Chuck Schumer and Robert Byrd. Byrd raised $800,000 through MoveOn.org for a possible re-election campaign next year.
The Roll Call newspaper reported in April that Democratic House Leader Nancy Pelosi and/or members of her staff "have calls and meetings on a weekly basis with representatives of MoveOn."
Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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