Talk ‘Terror’; Win Votes

Although politicians have long railed against using the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks for partisan purposes, a local congressman is advising his Republican colleagues that they should mention the attacks as the House debates the Iraq War and efforts to fight terrorism.

ThinkProgress, a Washington, D.C. think tank, obtained a confidential memo written by U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-West Chester), the House majority leader, that provides detailed talking points for GOP lawmakers. The memo is posted on the Web at Rawstory.

The memo mentions 9/11 seven times in 18 paragraphs. Boehner advises House members to focus on three major themes: “the importance of our actions,” “a portrait of contrasts” and “resolve will triumph over defeat.” The memo’s sections repeatedly refer to the importance of security in a “post-9/11 world” and state an Iraq victory is “the best gift of security we can give to future generations of Americans.”

“Republicans believe victory in Iraq will be an important blow to terrorism and the threat it poses around the world,” Boehner wrote. “Democrats, on the other hand, are prone to waver endlessly about the use of force to protect American ideals. … The attacks we witnessed that day serve as a reminder of the dangers we face as a nation in a post-9/11 world. We can no longer expect oceans between us and our enemies to keep us safe.”

But have Americans ever felt safe during modern history? The memo conveniently omits the fact U.S. citizens lived under the specter of total nuclear annihilation for about 40 years, throughout the Cold War with the former Soviet Union.

Also, the memo’s focus is at odds with a speech then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice was set to deliver Sept. 11, 2001, before the New York and Pentagon attacks occurred. The draft speech, outlining threats to the United States, never mentioned the words “terror” or “terrorism,” instead concentrating on why the nation should build a new missile defense system.

— Kevin Osborne

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2 Comments on “Talk ‘Terror’; Win Votes”

  1. You have given strong evidence the Republicans are as clueless as the Democrats.
    The answer?
    Don’t vote. Voting is something neither party is clueless about. Voting is muscle-relaxer for voters’ sphincters… Nothing more, nothing less.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Kevin – Great item. Thanks for posting.

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