Sunday, September 10, 2006

The Path to the Next 9/11

Sometimes, in spite of itself, ABC's "This Week With George Stephanopoulos" shines a light on liberal thinking that liberal political strategists would prefer remain dark. Today Katrina Vanden Heuvel, the Left's answer to Michael Savage, revealed that her thinking remains firmly stuck in pre-9/11 mode.

Host and former Clinton senior adviser George Stephanopoulos reluctantly turned the Roundtable discussion to ABC's "The Path to 9/11" docudrama miniseries. Unfortunately, panelists Vanden Heuvel, Fareed Zakaria, Martha Raddatz, and token conservative George Will spent most of the limited time talking about Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 911", which Zakaria dismissed as a "polemical" (an odd characterization, since the film continues to be promoted as a "documentary", a form supposedly held to higher standards than "docudramas").

But Vanden Heuvel had already unknowingly exposed the liberal mindset that led to the 9/11 attacks in a previous segment about Bush administration policies in response to 9/11. She somehow managed to conflate Iraq, Guantanamo, CIA renditions, and domestic surveillance with why Islamo-fascists attacked us. It was left to George Will to remind her that none of these things had occurred prior to the 9/11 attack. Then Katrina declared that the Global War on Terror was "hyper-militarized" against a "limited threat".

On September 11, 2001 that threat was "limited" to 2996 citizens of the United States of America.