Sunday, November 02, 2008

Doesn't Anyone Remember Anthrax?

The reporter plays up the ZOMG HE PRAISED BUSH angle, but my pet peeve is a different one.

So it was a bit surprising when Mr. McCain offered praise of President Bush on Sunday, reprising a line he has hardly used, if he has used it at all, since the Republican primary battles ended. It came as Mr. McCain praised Tom Ridge, the former Pennsylvania governor and Homeland Security secretary, who had introduced him.

“I think that Tom Ridge — and President Bush — deserve some credit for the fact there’s not been another attack on the United States of America since 9/11,’’ he said.

We don't know who was responsible for the anthrax attacks, and there are plenty of reasons to think the perp was domestic, not foreign. I know many people disagree with my belief that it was the anthrax attacks, and not 9/11, that drove the nation mad. It's a debatable proposition. Still, I was reading through the beginning of the new David Rees Get Your War On compilation and came across this one which summed it up pretty well:

9/11 was a horribly successful attack by villains. Anthrax was... SUPERVILLAINS. Something else entirely.