Friday, September 12, 2008

Just Shoot Me Now -- Part One

It was reassuring -- in a Nightmare on Elm Street sort of way -- that Sarah Palin, in what can be considered her first foreign-policy address, repeated the discredited Bush administration mantra that the war in Iraq is being fought in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Even the president himself has rejected his oft-repeated contention that the Al Qaeda hijackers came from Iraq, but this did not prevent John McCain's running mate from trotting out the canard in a speech yesterday to an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that includes her son.

Although neocon pundits like William Kristol rushed to defend their new darling, Palin could not have been more unambiguous in declaring that the departing brigade will "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."

Photograph by Al Grillo/The Associated Press

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