Rove's Remarks Lay Bare GOP Petulance, Immaturity
When will the Democrats learn how to deal with Karl Rove? Once again, they played right into his pudgy little blood-stained hands by issuing a bleating, defensive response to his claim that they don't really oppose terrorists.
Rove said: ``liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers.'' He also said calls for ``moderation and restraint'' were the response from moveon.org and others with Democratic party ties.
If we overlook Rove's dastardly lies of omission and exaggeration, then it becomes obvious he is essentially correct. Liberals know that understanding terrorists is essential to defeating them efficiently on both the military and ideological fronts. Liberals understand that American PRINCIPLES of due process strengthen the nation, its culture and society rather than weaken it. They also know that moderation and restraint are crucial military and strategic principles that have contributed immensely to America's unprecedented geopolitical success.
As Rove emphasizes, the right wing's response to 9/11 was fundamentally emotional and essentially childish. Indeed, ``conservatives'' like Rove saw no need for understanding and, the record shows, achieved none. Like children, they proved themselves disastrously incapable of moderation and restraint.
Rove's comments were a stunning acknowledgement of the irrational root of our failure to achieve success in Iraq and the region. The emotional need for revenge and to, in Rove's revealing phrase ``brandish steel'' define the Bush administration's response to terrorism.
We need adults in the White House, not petulant, emotionally volatile children. The Democrats should have said this: ``We have but two words for Karl: Grow up!''