You Grow Up, I'll Move On
A president with some dignity and sense of the greatness of his country would say, good he should go there. Maybe he'll learn something about us and our loss. If we as a country were a person, I'd say grow up. Act like a man*. Have some self-respect. * Yes, outdated language. But I know no non-gendered language that conveys the same meaning.
To which Tigerhawk says, "get a clue".
Technically, of course, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad did not have anything to do with the attacks on 9/11. There is more than a little circumstantial evidence, though, that Iran did. So much so, in fact, that the 9/11 Commission specifically called out the possibility that Iran was an accessory, via Hezbollah, and wrote that it believed that "this topic requires further investigation by the U.S. government" (9/11 Commission Report, 241). Notwithstanding lefty claims that the Bush administration has been promoting war against Iran, there is no public record that it actually followed up on this recommendation. Of course, one rarely hears this criticism from Democrats who otherwise remind us that the Bushies "ignored" the advice of the 9/11 Commission.
The circumstantial evidence supporting Iranian involvement in 9/11 is only one small part of its extended alliance with al Qaeda. Righty bloggers and their readers are very familiar with this history, but it is virtually ignored on the left. We at TigerHawk, however, are blessed to have a loyal stable of lefty readers with open minds. If you are one of those and are interested in Iran's involvement with al Qaeda, start here.
So when Josh Marshall tells us to "grow up" and "act like a man," my retort might be "get a clue," or at least read the 9/11 Commission report before declaring that the president of Iran, who underwrites Hezbollah to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars per year, has "absolutely nothing to do with 9/11."
There's little I can add to Tigerhawk's riposte other than to notice the sudden preference in the Left, amounting almost to an epidemic, to a pretension to maturity and wisdom, even when it is clearly masochism in disguise. We are told to "put the adults back in charge"; to shrug off Iranian attacks on US soldiers with the world-weary maturity of experienced diplomats accustomed to a dirty game. We are told to "move on" and not to linger on morbid thoughts like striking back at an enemy who every week or thereabouts, goes on video to threaten us with destruction. We are told that any attempts to treat the enemy with justifiable harshness amounts to a "hatred of America", a lowering of its moral standing in the world's eyes. And now we are asked to "grow up" and share our pain with Ahmadinejad, as if by making ourselves pitiful enough before enough people we could prevent our enemies from striking us again. There you have the attributes of Leftist adulthood and maturity: cynicism, forgetfulness, vanity and self-pity. They are welcome to them.
I hope it is not out of place to observe that none of those attributes have anything to do with survival in wartime. I know there will be objections to that statement, but not to which aspect: the "survival" part or the "wartime" part.