Thursday, May 16, 2013

Here's what Republicans hate more than Muslim terrorists

Terrorism became a magic word for Republicans after 9/11. The Bush administration declared war on “terrorism,” at least when it's perpetrated by Muslims. Never mind that a country can’t really declare war on a tactic, propaganda-wise, it worked like a charm.

Waving bloody shirts from the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks and using a color-coded scale to keep Americans jittery, a Republican White House seized new power to spy on virtually anybody, any time. It allowed for Bush to invade countries without asking taxpayers to foot the bill. It provided cover for Bush to deal out death and torture as he pleased.

Now, a dozen years after 9/11, many Republicans seem obsessed with Benghazi. Once again, they're spewing angry words about terrorism and religion.

Why?

Because it seems the Obama administration didn‘t cite last year's raid that killed four Americans as an act of “terrorism“ with the proper verve. In the immediate aftermath of the Benghazi attack, apparently Obama didn't rant at the terrorists with the sort of blustery passion many Republicans demand of a president.

Moreover, the State Dept., Pentagon, CIA, etc., weren't on a worldwide full-blown alert for an attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11. So in GOP-vision Obama was not only disrespecting the so-called "lessons" of 9/11, he pretty much invited the Benghazi attack.

The only thing such Republicans hate more than Muslim terrorists is the prospect of their magic word losing its power to provoke knee-jerk anger and fear.

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