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“Re­call that not long ago, the first item on the bill of in­dict­ment against the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion was that it was ‘ex­ploit­ing’ 9/11 to en­act its agenda,” Jonah Gold­berg writes in the Los An­ge­les Times.

“Al Gore shrieked that Pres­i­dent Bush ‘played on our fears’ to get his way. In re­sponse to nearly ev­ery Bush pol­icy pro­posal, from the Patriot Act to the top­pling of Sad­dam Hus­sein, crit­ics would cat­er­waul that Bush was tak­ing ad­van­tage of the coun­try’s fear of ter­ror­ism,” Mr. Gold­berg said.

“The Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion al­ways de­nied this, and rightly so. If the pres­i­dent ad­mit­ted that he was us­ing a na­tional calamity for nar­row par­ti­san or ide­o­log­i­cal ad­van­tage, it would be ou­tra­geous. In­deed, ev­ery time Karl Rove or some other ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial said any­thing that could be even re­motely in­ter­preted as us­ing the war or 9/11 for par­ti­san or ide­o­log­i­cal gain, the ed­i­to­rial pages and Demo­cratic news-release fac­to­ries churned into over­drive with righ­teous in­dig­na­tion.

“Well, now we have the pres­i­dent, along with his chief aides, ad­mit­ting — boast­ing! — that they want to ex­ploit a na­tional emer­gency for their pre-ex­ist­ing agenda, and there’s no scan­dal. No one even calls it a gaffe. No, they call it lead­er­ship.”

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