GOPers: 9/11 Doesn't Really Count as a Terrorist Attack

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about Giuliani's latest lie entitled, 9/11 Doesn't Count. That was sarcastic exaggeration, of course. I really didn't believe that Giuliani, or anyone else for that matter, no matter how crazy or politically ruthless, would ever seriously assert, under any circumstances, that 9/11 didn't count.

Huh. Little did I know:

In late November, Dana Perino, a former Bush press secretary, said, “We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush’s term.” In late December, Mary Matalin, a former senior aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, said, “We inherited the most tragic attack on our own soil in our nation’s history.” She clearly meant Sept. 11, not the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people and until 2001 was the worst terrorist act in this country.

“Republicans tend not to count 9/11 against Bush,” Margaret Carlson, a columnist for Bloomberg News, said Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” “That’s, like, not on his watch because ‘Oh, we didn’t know about that before.’”


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