Republicans hallucinating

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by James J. Devine

Republican Rudy Giuliani is making a weak attempt at redefining the days of former President George W. Bush, or he is hallucinating.

Giuliani, who was the mayor of New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, said, “We had no domestic attacks under Bush. We’ve had one under Obama.” It’s unlikely that Giuliani forgot what happened on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Giuliani made the preposterous statement as he criticized President Barack Obama’s plan to try attempted bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in a criminal court and his decision to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, during a Jan. 8, 2010 appearence on Good Morning America.

The anthrax scare.
Shortly after 9/11, letters laced with anthrax began appearing in the U.S. mail. Letters went to U.S. senators and news organizations. Before it was over, five Americans were killed and another 17 were injured. “The nation was terrorized in what became the worst biological attacks in U.S. history,” according to the FBI.

The shoe bomber.
In December 2001, admitted al-Qaida member Richard Reid boarded a plane in Miami with plastic explosives packed in special hollowed-out shoes. The bomb failed to ignite properly and no passengers were hurt. The incident, however, led to Americans having to remove their shoes during airport security screening.

The D.C. sniper case.
John Allen Muhammad was convicted on capital terrorism charges for his part in the shooting of 16 people in and around the D.C.-area in September and October 2002. Muhammad was executed last year. His 17-year-old accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, was sentenced to life in prison.

LAX El Al ticket counter attack
Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at an El Al Airlines ticket counter at Los Angeles International Airport in 2002, killing two people and wounding four others before being shot dead. A 2004 Justice Department report that Hadayet’s case had been “officially designated as an act of international terrorism.”

Campus attack at UNC.
In March 2006, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate drove an SUV onto campus, striking nine pedestrians. Reza Taheri-azar reportedly stated in a letter: “I was aiming to follow in the footsteps of one of my role models, Mohammad Atta, one of the 9/11/01 hijackers, who obtained a doctorate degree.”

It could be dismissed as a mistake, rather then myth making but Giuliani’s remark echoed a recent claim by former Bush press secretary Dana Perino, suggesting that there is another GOP effort afoot to present lies as fact.

On November 24, 2009, while appearing on the Hannity show on Fox News Channel, Perino asserted that “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.”

GOP strategist Mary Matalin also recently said the Bush administration “inherited the most tragic attack on our soil in our nation’s history,” implying that the 9/11 attacks resulted from mistakes by the Clinton administration.

The Sept. 11 attacks, which toppled New York’s World Trade Center and killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, took place eight months into the Bush presidency.

Those who suggest we destroy the Constitution ought to use their heads instead, because preserving our way of life is the reason to combat terror. Republicans, who accuse Democrats of being too soft, want to rewrite history and surrender our way of life.


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