There is a school of thought that questions whether or not the Bush administration should have ever pivoted to Iraq in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. There are even reasonable experts who wonder why we are still fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan after all these years. And we would even listen to people who believe that we would have been better off sending squads of special forces into Afghanistan after the attacks rather than attempt to take out the ruling Islamists.
There is no “one right way” to view the aftereffects of 9/11. Even in hindsight, though, we tend to believe that Bush did what he thought was right. He was, after all, dealing with an attack with no real precedent in American history.
But it’s rare that we hear anyone express the opinion that the United States, in the wake of the worst terrorist attack in history, should have taken no military action whatsoever. We were attacked on our soil by a foreign aggressor. A terrorist named Osama bin Laden and his goons in al-Qaeda, who were at the time under the full protection of the Taliban. It made perfect sense to go in with all guns blazing to make mincemeat out of a quasi-government that was giving safe harbor to Islamic terrorists. In fact, it would have been an act of impeachable incompetence for George W. Bush to do anything less.
But hey, there’s always someone dumb enough to say the things that others won’t. And these days, that person always seems to be Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The twit from NYC was defending Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitic comments by responding to Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA), who tweeted his disgust with them.
“It is disturbing that Rep. Omar continues to perpetuate hurtful anti-Semitic stereotypes that misrepresent our Jewish community. Additionally, questioning support for the U.S.-Israel relationship is unacceptable,” Vargas tweeted. “Israel has and remains a stalwart ally of the United States because of our countries’ shared interests and values. I condemn her remarks and believe she should apologize for her offensive comments.”
“I‘m curious if Rep. Vargas will further explain his stance here that it’s unacceptable to even *question* US foreign policy,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Plenty of Dem members have asserted that discussion + debate on this issue is fair and merited. Is this stance a departure from that?”
She continued: “I remember a time when it was ‘unacceptable’ to question the Iraq War. All of Congress was wrong, including both GOP & Dem Party, and led my generation into a disastrous + wrong war that virtually all would come to regret, except for the one member who stood up: Barbara Lee.”
But then, when other users reminded her that she was thinking of the war in Afghanistan, Ocasio-Cortez doubled down and said that was the one she meant. “But honestly,” she said, “we shouldn’t have been in either.”
The Democrats have really gotten themselves a doozie of a star in AOC. Between her, Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, they will have exposed this party’s truths down to the bitter core by the end of the year. Only a matter of time before one of them actually defends Bin Laden himself.