June 27, 2005
I might have my sea legs, back. Never let it be said that my depressions are short lived.
It seems that Current Administration is betting that the American public cannot remember that it was men from Saudi Arabia who flew jets into the World Trade Center.
When responding to analogies drawn between this country's disenchantment with the war in Iraq and the disenchantment we once felt with the war in Vietman, Whit Ayres, a Republican pollster based in Alexandria, Va, responded, history is a poor guide when looking at Iraq and the war on terror. The key difference, he says, is that the US was attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and that has profoundly affected the way Americans see their own security.
"9/11 changed the lens through which we view the world," says Ayres. "Vietnam never attacked the US, and 9/11 showed Americans what happens if we're not aggressive in going after this enemy. That provides this president far more latitude to maneuver."
Again, the men who attacked this country were from Saudi Arabia -- not Iraq.