James Taranto takes George McGovern
to task, linking this
Yahoo News story (emphasis in original):
It turns out that the group with which McGovern is meeting is "the Congressional Progressive Caucus, a 62-member group led by Reps. Lynn Woolsey and Barbara Lee." Rep. Lee was the only member of Congress to vote against authorizing military action against al Qaeda in 2001.
Still, 62 Democrats are enough to make up slightly over one-fourth of the new congressional majority, and it's mildly unsettling to consider that such a significant faction would agree with nonsense such as this:
McGovern told the audience Thursday that the Iraq and Vietnam wars were equally "foolish " and that the current threat of terrorism developed because--not before--the United States went into Iraq.
McGovern must have a really short memory. For his information, here's a timeline:
- Dec. 29, 1992: Al Qaeda bombs a hotel in Aden, Yemen, and attempts to bomb a second one, unsuccessfully targeting U.S. Marines staying there.
- Feb. 26, 1993: Al Qaeda bombs World Trade Center, killing six adults and an unborn child.
- Feb. 22, 1998: Osama bin Laden issues a fatwa declaring war on the U.S.
- Aug. 7, 1998: Al Qaeda bombs U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, killing more than 220.
- Oct. 12, 2000: Al Qaeda attacks USS Cole in Aden, killing 17 sailors.
- Sept. 11, 2001: Al Qaeda attacks World Trade Center and Pentagon with hijacked planes, killing some 3,000 people, mostly civilians.
- December 2002: George McGovern, in an essay for Harper's, blames America for terrorism.
- March 20, 2003: Operation Iraqi Freedom begins.
Labels: Middle East, Politics, War on Terror