Condoleezza Rice blames liberal and conservative
Karl Rove ridicules liberals as soft on terrorism, while Donald Rumsfeld admits negotiations with the terrorists in
Liberal politicians, soldiers and NGO activists are furious about Karl Rove's latest remarks. Although all but one member of Congress and even www.MoveOn.org supported the war in Afghanistan after 9/11 and many soldiers consider themselves liberal, President Bush's strategist ridiculed liberals: "Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers." Conservatives, however, "saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war."
White House press secretary Scott McClellan ruled out an apologize because Rove was "simply pointing out the different philosophies when it comes to winning the war on terrorism."
At the same time Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld admitted to Fox News that direct meetings between US officials and insurgent commanders in
In a frank speech at The American University in
For 60 years, my country, the
Dr. Rice's audience did not applause much, was skeptical about the alleged U-turn, questioned her on alleged war crimes against the Palestinians and abuses of the Koran.
Meanwhile Tom DeLay, the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, told The Houston Chronicle that
You know, if
Vice President Dick Cheney says the insurgency is in its "last throes," while Rumsfeld acknowledges on Fox News that "that insurgency could go on for any number of years" and Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel tells U.S. News and World Report "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse. The White House is completely disconnected from reality. [...] It's like they're just making it up as they go along. The reality is that we're losing in
The Atlantic Review considers all these Republican statements quite remarkable. Some Democrats use peculiar rhetoric as well, which will be covered another time. (Unlike Karl Rove, Senator Durbin (D-IL) apologized for his remarks comparing interrogators at
P.S.: One more quote in this "Republican Watch" post: The German chapter of "Republicans Abroad" is furious that the Berlin government ("the former Communist Party and the Social Democratic Party") did not support the Checkpoint Charlie museum's efforts to prevent the demolition of the memorial erected to the victims of the Cold War division of Berlin and Communist oppression of East Germany. Henry Nickel, Chairman of the U.S. Republicans Abroad and resident of
To add insult to injury, the Berlin Magistrate's Court responsible for enforcement, scheduled the demolition to include complete removal of the crosses and Berlin Wall segment on the site to coincide with July 4th, U.S. Independence Day. The BAG subsequently refused to request rescheduling of the eviction despite strong recommendations by members of
Mr Nickel told The Times "It’s a scandal that it has got as far as this."
Excerpt from Catherine Hickley's Bloomberg report:
"We just have to win time,'' Hildebrandt [who is responsible for the memorial] said in a telephone interview. "Checkpoint Charlie is a place that needs a monument to freedom. It's important to show gratitude to the Americans."
Checkpoint Charlie was the site of the October 1961 standoff in the divided city, when Soviet and U.S. tanks, fully loaded and with orders to fire if fired upon, faced each other at a distance of about 100 yards for several hours. The deadlock only ended when U.S. President John F. Kennedy and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev agreed to withdraw the tanks -- one-by-one, five yards at a time.
For the Berlin city government, Hildebrandt's memorial is "not authentic'' and "aesthetically questionable,'' according to Torsten Woehlert, a spokesman for Berlin Culture Senator Thomas Flierl. Flierl, a member of the post-Communist PDS, was an official in the East German government. "It's not appropriate,'' Woehlert said. "Checkpoint Charlie is the place of confrontation between the allies'' rather than the site to mourn victims of the East German regime, he said.
Davids Medienkritik reports that the city government decided to move the scheduled bulldozing back a day after widespread protest from victim's families, American veterans groups and many others, and they organize another demonstration.