Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Leftists Blame Bush/McCain for Yemeni Bomb Attack

In another sign of how unglued members of the radical left have become, prominent netroots bloggers are blaming "Bush/McCain" for today's terrorist bombing of the U.S. embassy in Yemen.

the resident foreign policy expert at Hullabaloo:
Y'know, occasionally I catch some grief by saying I have come truly to despise Bush/McCain and their ideological cronies like Cheney, Addington, Rumsfeld, and so on.

Here's why: Because the Bush/McCain gang is so ignorant violent, mentally disturbed and powerful, they get hundreds of thousands innocent people killed. Sheer moral hygiene makes it imperative that this country say no to four more years of the same.
Matthew Yglesias add this:
I guess I don’t have a grand point to make about this, but it’s a reminder that if you want to curb radicalism it makes more sense to focus on ways to reduce its appeal in the places where radical movements are already strong (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, etc.) rather than, say, by invading Iraq.
Not surprisingly, both of these guys fail to quote the New York Times piece to which they've linked, which indicates:
Yemen has long been viewed as a haven for jihadists. It became a special concern for the United States in 2000, after Al Qaeda operatives rammed the destroyer Cole in Aden harbor, on Yemen’s southern coast, killing 17 American sailors.
The Cole bombing, of course, took place on President Bill Clinton's watch, and was a prime example of the collapse of America's anti-terror policies during the 1990s under Clinton/Gore - whose failed leadership led to the attacks of September 11, 2001

Tristero's wild allegations at Hullabaloo are typical of those who blame the terror on Bush/McCain (while he offers no condemnation of the Islamist nihilists who murdered the 16 innocents in the attack).

Yglesias, on the other hand, has built up his whole foreign policy reputation as a purveyor of 1990s-style "liberal internationalism," an approach he mistakening assumes argues for the near-universal renunciation of the use of military force.

With his apparent "mainstream" foreign policy creds, Yglesias' blind recrimination against the Bush administration might seem counterintuitive, but in fact his comments are completely understandible when we recall that
Yglesias is known to don terrorist garb in solidarity with the sworn enemies of the United States.