It seems the hits just keep on coming in BushWorld. Ken Mehlman, the chairman of the RNC, thinks good ‘ol Karl’s sentiment is spot on:
“It’s outrageous that the same Democrats who stood by Dick Durbin’s libeling of our military are now expressing faux outrage over Karl Rove’s statement of historical fact. George Soros, Michael Moore, MoveOn and the hard left were wrong after 9/11, just as it was wrong for Democrat leaders to stand by and remain silent after Dick Durbin made his deplorable comments.”
He also said this gem:
Republican Party Chairman Ken Mehlman, speaking in Puerto Rico, said there was no need to apologize because “what Karl Rove said is true.”
Let me assure you, Ken, that my outrage is real and that the vicious invective, divisive hate-speech and outright lies of Karl Rove are not true. Pointing out that the strategies, tactics and “success” of this Administration’s war in Iraq and on terror have been unmitigated, pinheaded buffoonery is the real statement of fact. Don’t believe me? Listen to Gen. Abizaid, the top American commander in the Persian Gulf:
Abizaid told the panel: “I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago.” As to the overall strength of the insurgency, Abizaid said it was “about the same” as six months ago.
“We see good progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan… But we are realistic. And we know that great change is often accompanied with violence. We are not trying to paint a rosy picture,” Abizaid said.
Or Republican Senator Lindsey Graham (S.C.):
“Public support in my state is turning,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. “People are beginning to question. And I don’t think it’s a blip on the radar screen. We have a chronic problem on our hands.”
“Things aren’t getting better; they’re getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality,” he said. “It’s like they’re just making it up as they go along. The reality is, we’re losing in Iraq.”
Listen, I’m pissed as hell at Rove. I am a democrat and have been forever. (I’m 54) … my two kids who just happen to be in the US Army serving are also democrats. My son and daughter both joined as soon as they possibly could after 9/11.
So far they are both safe from harm (no thanks to Rove…).
My son and daughter both emailed me last night wanting to know just who in the hell the Rove guy is. They both want to plaster his face everywhere around the bases they are stationed. It seems that Rove didn’t know that a good percentage of enlisted folk were Democrats. They like to say around the bases that republicans don’t volunteer.
And even the families of the victims of 9/11 find fault with Mr. Rove’s statement. I would think they would be held in the highest regard on this matter:
As families whose relatives were victims of the 9/11 terror attacks, we believe it is an outrage that any Democrat, any Republican, any conservative, or any liberal stakes a “high ground” position based upon the September 11th death and destruction. Doing so assumes that all those who died and their loved ones would agree. In truth, some would and some would not. By definition the conduct is divisive and, because it is intended to be self-serving and politicizes 9/11, it is offensive. We are calling on Karl Rove to resist his temptations and stop trying to reap political gain in the tragic misfortune of others. His comments are not welcome.
Are we to believe Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman that all of these people, myself included, are traitorous?
Am I aiding and abetting terrorists and America’s enemies?
I cannot say it loud enough: NO!
I love this country and want our troops to come to no harm. My ultimate concern is for their wellbeing and safe return. Were it my decision they wouldn’t have gone to Iraq in the first place. Were it up to me they would be returning home today.
Remind me again how that demonstrates that I hate our troops? The truth is, I love you guys and gals and I want you to know I support you. Hopefully soon we’ll find out, via a Congressional hearing on the Downing Street Memos or an Impeachment trial, whether your were put in harms way unjustly. Because that’s all this sturm and drang is about: providing a smokescreen for the serious allegations of the Downing Street Memos and Dubya’s sinking poll numbers.
So let me state emphatically, one more time for the record, that I’m praying for you every night. If that makes me a traitor, let them come for me and make me a martyr.
In the words of George W. Bush: “Bring it on [Karl]”
While I’m on a roll, please contact your Republican representatives and ask them if Karl Rove and Ken Mehlman speak for them? Do they share the view that you, their constituents, are treasonous troop-haters. If they don’t, then they should be asking for resignations from these two men and publicly excoriating them for their loud-mouthed pig-ignorance.