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Karl Rove, strategist, amnesiac

A Times Editorial
Published June 24, 2005

Before an audience of cheering conservatives this week, Karl Rove lambasted liberals for their "moderation and restraint" in response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war," Rove said. "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers."

What a despicable smear coming from the political right hand of the president of the United States. Democrats are demanding that Rove apologize or resign, but the White House defended his remarks and - get this - accused Rove's critics of engaging in partisan attacks. Only last week Rove was demanding that Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., apologize for comparing U.S. treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay to the methods of Nazis, Stalin and Pol Pot. Durbin apologized. But Rove is hanging tough.

Bush's mastermind strategist apparently is suffering from severe memory failure. Just three days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, both the Senate and the House, with only one dissenting vote, approved a resolution authorizing Bush to execute "all necessary and appropriate force" against the terrorists. After the vote, Bush said in a statement: "I am gratified that the Congress has united so powerfully by taking this action. It sends a clear message - our people are together, and we will prevail."

Maybe it is Rove who needs "therapy and understanding."

[Last modified June 24, 2005, 00:46:17]

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