What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.
A lot of other people behaved badly. How many of our professional pundits — people who should have understood very well what was happening — took the easy way out, turning a blind eye to the corruption and lending their support to the hijacking of the atrocity?
The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
I’m not going to allow comments on this post, for obvious reasons.
If anyone used the War on Terror as a wedge issue, it was the left and people like Krugman, who excoriated George W. Bush for Guantanamo and enhanced interrogation techniques and security and surveillance measures, but have remained silent as a liberal Democratic President, Barack Obama, has continued the same policies.
Is remembering the firefighters who died on 9/11 really an "occasion for shame"? Is remembering the "horse soldiers" who went into Afghanistan in the weeks after the attack to defeat the Taliban really an "occasion for shame"? How about the Seals who killed Osama bin Laden.... an "occasion for shame"? How about bringing Saddam Hussein to justice? How about the purple fingers of Iraqi women voting? How about the thousands of American boys who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan? Are they all just "occasions for shame"?
Sheesh! Krugman is a sick, sick man, and the decadent old nursemaid that is the New York Times needs to change his adult diaper, pronto. He's starting to smell.
Oh, and by the way, the last sentence of the post is the giveaway: Krugman is a coward who doesn't want people to be able to respond with free speech against his traitorous garbage.