Politicizing 9-11

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IT seems “politicize” is the new four-letter-word in Washington, D.C. Immediately after President George W. Bush gave his address on the fifth anniversary of 9-11, his critics began accusing him of “politicizing the moment” by using the occasion to talk up his commitment to the war in Iraq. What did they expect? Bush is a politician. By definition, anything he says is “politicizing.” If they don’t agree with him, that’s one thing. But a ridiculous charge by the Democratic leadership that the country’s No. 1 politician is politicizing the tragedy only has the result of continuing the politicization of the tragedy. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsSomehow during this tense election season it became a grave offense to “politicize” things, even if they are inherently political. If a Democratic president had addressed the nation on Monday, surely the GOP would have been waiting in the wings to lodge the same complaint – especially if they were just weeks away from possibly regaining control of Congress. But the truth is that there is no honest way to talk about the impact of Sept. 11 attacks five years ago – and the country’s response to it – by subtracting the political. It is the single-most political event of this generation. Moreover, there’s no better time to examine the country’s actions since the attacks than the anniversary. And if the politicians aren’t up to politicizing, then maybe they aren’t up to the job.last_img

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