I see Jeff is doing his due diligence in advancing Donald Trump’s narrative which blames President Bush for the September 11th attacks happening under his watch.
Jeff focuses his attention on Jeb Bush’s statement that if Trump would blame George W. Bush for 9/11 this week that he would blame FDR for Pearl Harbor next week. He argues that FDR should be blamed for Pearl Habor citing Tom Dewey’s statement that FDR “instead of being re-elected he ought to be impeached.” Except as Jeff acknowledges, Dewey never made the statements in public. All things considered, Dewey was right to follow George C. Marshall’s advice and keep his damn mouth shut. If he hadn’t, I strongly suspect that Dewey not only would not have won those 99 electoral votes or carried 12 states in 1944, but would have been run out of the country on a rail. In any case, it’s good to see that Jeff has a newfound admiration for Dewey.
Central to Jeff’s FDR/Pearl Harbor argument is that FDR knew Pearl Harbor was going to be attacked beforehand. The same simply cannot be said for President Bush where it concerned the attacks of September 11, 2001. Oh, I know there are people who make those arguments, but they are the arguments of those who prefer conspiracy theories to coherent logic and reason. But I trust Jeff would not be one to subscribe to such conspiracy theories.
Let me put this another way. In recent weeks, Israel has been under siege by Palestinians wantonly stabbing Israelis in public. If we apply Donald Trump’s reasoning (and by extension Jeff’s), these acts of violence would be Benjamin Netanyahu’s fault because they happened under his watch. The only people who bear responsibility for the act of stabbing Jews are Palestinians and the Palestinian Authority which incited them to do so. Aside from killing the perpetrators, the task for Netanyahu now is to find a way to put a stop to it. If he doesn’t find a way to stop it then there is a basis for criticism. But to criticize Netanyahu for the actual stabbings would be as dumb as blaming Bush for Mohamed Atta navigating an airplane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Whether its Pearl Harbor or 9/11, this blame game is just plain useless.
I hate to break it to Jeff, but part of being a leader is how one responds to a crisis. If Donald Trump is elected President and can respond effectively to a 9/11 like crisis then more power thim. But Donald Trump says 9/11 wouldn’t have happened under his watch because he would be “extremely, extremely tough” on illegal immigration. Yet as I have pointed out previously, Mohamed Atta was in this country legally on 9/11 while the surviving Boston Marathon bomber was a naturalized American citizen and the Fort Hood shooter and born and raised here in the U.S.A. Donald Trump can shut down the border all he wants. It doesn’t guarantee we won’t be attacked again. If Trump is elected President and we are attacked again, I hope Jeff is prepared to hold him to the same standards he has set for George W. Bush and FDR.
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