“… In other words, we said to Osama bin Laden we think getting rid of Saddam Hussein is seven times more important than dealing with you. – President Bill Clinton (2006)
POLITICO GRABBED the RNC platform that was mistakenly uploaded on to the Internet. Republicans aren’t claiming it’s the final language. This is how it begins:
Trying to recapture Ronald Reagan in a Todd Akin era, the right, who controls the party platform and who is nominated, continues to hold on to an antiquated notion that the Republican Party is the national security title holder. It’s a fantasy that demands they forget George W. Bush existed and that Dick Cheney’s torture policy didn’t disgrace our country, but also crimps where these two men can travel in the world for fear they’ll be confronted as war criminals. Henry Kissinger still has the same problems. It also ignores that Mr. Reagan got very lucky, because he should have been impeached for Iran-Contra, which was clearly illegal and a gross violation of Reagan’s powers.
It must be something living amid the Republican Party in the era of Todd Akin, whose philosophy is represented through Mitt Romney’s popular vice presidential selection, Paul Ryan, the next generation Reagan, who actually doesn’t represent anything Reagan represented, because the Gipper couldn’t get nominated in today’s Republican Party. So, the only way to immortalize the man who revitalized conservatism after the Barry Goldwater calamity is to rewrite him as a fictional character, which is exactly what’s happening today.
Republicans can’t accept and won’t grapple with the reality that George W. Bush never made Osama bin Laden a priority after Gen. Tommy Franks blew it at Tora Bora. Bush was besotted by neoconservative misadventurism that had America in a needless war in Iraq, with the choice to ignore Afghanistan causing the current struggles Pres. Obama is having there today. That Bush waged his scattershot foreign policy off the books, while thinking cutting taxes at a time of deep military involvement was a good idea, should make the Republican marketing slogan of “peace through strength” something that is derisively covered in the media as a complete and total fantasy that you have to be inside the Republican bubble to believe.