Political Expediency and Amnesia in the War on Terror

After 9/11 when almost 3,000 American civilians were killed the country wanted to fight back.  Traditional “doves” and Democrats knew it would be political suicide to appear weak, or appear not want to strike back at this attack on our own soil.  To protect their own political ass the Dems voted to support George Bush and his desire to root and yes kill these terrorists.  Now that we have all but forgotten 9/11 and how mad our country was on that day, and in the days immediately afterward, and also because we have been kept safe,  the Democrats are free to fall back into their peacenick type diatribes and doveish ways.  This is because they can now politically afford to do so. I wish some of them had had the political honesty to vote against the powers they granted to the President at the time,  because then they might be considered worthy of respect because of intellectual consistency. They also would have been voted out of office.  This political expediency, and lack of any core held beliefs, is apparently what is currently driving Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Her recent amnesia about being briefed upwards of 30 times about enhanced interrogation techniques, including waterboarding, appears to be more of the same modus operandi of politics over country. When she had to appear tough on terror she  approved those techniques; now that it is politically expedient she forgets and returns to her “I am a amnesiac dove” roots.  Here is a little food for thought which I wonder if Ms. Pelosi might forget voting for, or claim she didn’t know what the resolution meant:

On September 14, 2001, the House of Representatives voted 418 to 1 and the Senate voted 98-0 for resolutions authorizing the President of the United States “to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

How quickly we forget, I hope we find a cure for amnesia sooon.


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