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Now Ron Fournier wonders if Americans would rally behind Obama after another 9/11 the way we rallied behind Bush, and I think the answer is no -- because Obama has spent his entire time in office flicking boogers at half the country. -- Glenn Reynolds
The Perfesser is commenting on a Megan McArdle piece which says something I thought from January 20, 2009: Sec. Clinton would have made a far better president.
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Posted by John Kranz at August 12, 2014 11:17 AM
I'm going to be the bad guy and go a step further: I do not believe that Americans would rally behind Obama after another 9/11 like they did with Bush, because most Americans I know, including some who voted for Obama and in the main agree with him (yes, hard as it is to believe, I do have some friends in that part of the political spectrum that I haven't already completely alienated), because they understand something that is a critical difference.
When 9/11 happened on Bush's watch, it happened because the terrorists were fanatics that hate The Great Satan that is America. We were friends with Israel, we were (in their misguided fantasies) corrupting the Islamic Middle East with our imperialist Western ways, and all that rigamarole.
If another 9/11 happens, and this one on Obama's watch, people understand that it will be because we have emboldened the bad actors. Every decision we've made in the Middle East had been the wrong one - regime change in Egypt, Qaddafi in Libya, our role in Afghanistan, the pullout from Iraq, our stance in Syria, et cetera, ad nauseum, ad infinitum, amen.
Obama has weakened this nation, and the bad actors know it. To them, we are not seen as compromising or placating; to them, we are seen as vulnerable to attack. We lack will in our national leadership, our borders are more porous than ever, and we're doing nothing about it.
There is a very small but very strident cabal of people in this country who think that 9/11 was Bush's fault: inside job, fire doesn't melt steel, the Jews were forewarned, yada yada yada. If another attack happens now, a very large group of reasonable-minded people will already know that Obama had a hand in making it happen, and they will be right. Those people will rally together for the nation, but in doing so they will make Obama own it.