The GOP Memorandum.

You can read it here as well as that site[ThinkProgress.org]’s commentary here.

The attacks we witnessed that day serve as a reminder of the dangers we face as a nation in a post-9/11 world. We can no longer expect oceans between us and our enemies to keep us safe. The plotting and planning taking place in terror camps protected by rogue regimes could no longer go unchecked or unchallenged. In a post-9/11 world, we could no longer allow despots and dictators like the Taliban and Saddam Hussein to ignore international sanctions and resolutions passed by the United Nations Security Council.

So, during this debate we must make clear to the American people that the United States had to take action in the best interests of the security of our nation and the world community. As Republicans who supported military action against Saddam Hussein and terrorists around the globe, the United States had to show our resolve as the world’s premier defender of freedom and liberty before such ideals were preyed upon, rather than after standing witness to their demise at the hands of our enemies.

This is the part I’m mainly concerned over. Let’s examine and get the facts straight. First, this “post-9/11 world” business. What the hell are they talking about? We lived in the post-9/11 world before 9/11. It’s not like Al Qaida had not attacked us before that. It’s not like we didn’t have the intelligence we needed to thwart that attack. The only things that changed on Semptember 11, 2001 was the Manhattan skyline, the lives of tens of thousands of people directly affected, and a completely ill-held false worldview that many still cling to the tattered remnants of today. pre-9/11 was post-9/11, and post-9/11 is not some new era where America does things right, it’s one where America continues to misdirect our resources and efforts in a way incompatible with our laws and our hopes and dreams.

We never could depend on “oceans” to keep us safe. That was why we formed a government: to coordinate our efforts and resources in order to benefit us all. Well, I know I’m not the only one who noticed the failure of that government on 9/11, before 9/11, and after 9/11. But I am not the least bit surprised that the majority of people in the government as well as those who support it blindly are willing to give a pass for that misappropriation of resources. As far as I can tell the only people that responded correctly in the wake of that disaster as well as the disaster in New Orleans last year, were individuals and groups of individuals that were allowed to do their jobs. Firefighters and hospital workers, police and utility workers, were the people that got out and did their work. The leaders act like their hands were tied, and while I admit our leaders are pretty kinky, I’m pretty sure any one of them could have about 100 of their personal aids show up with a key to the handcuffs on a moment’s notice.

As for the UN’s sanctions and resolutions for stemming the behavior of evil, you really have to admit, GOP, that you are playing a game of “I spy.” You say “I spy this government over here is disobeying the international community,” which translates to “we need to police them.” Meanwhile the dozen other violators are allowed to continue their same behaviors. You are not censuring Saudi Arabia for their involvement in terror. You are not implicating yourselves for violation of international law. Where does the buck stop, except for where you point with your giant foam finger made out of $100 bills?

Okay, finally I want to look at this label of “world’s premier defender of freedom and liberty.” Not to piss on your parade, but your “Awesome colossal world’s superhero for shopping and private industry” rhetoric is laughable. First you say we have allies, then you say it’s all us. First you say Saddam was involved in 9/11, so we run to war, then you admit he wasn’t, but we should have gone anyway because Saddam was bad. There’s a far cry between the two. One poses a threat of attack. The other makes his own people suffer. While both are bad, there’s a lot of other places making their own people suffer that you’ve not once suggested we jump headlong into. Meanwhile, again, what about Saudi Arabia? When are we going to bring them to bear for their involvement in the support and funding of terror?

And one thing you don’t state in the memo, GOP. Why all this new invasion of privacy? Why the wiretaps and nipple-clamps? You’ve not shown these will do any good, yet they cost money and weaken the rights of citizens. We with eyes to read and see, we know that you had the information needed to stop 9/11 and fumbled the ball. So why the hell should we think you won’t do it again, even if you have all the information in the world? It seems very dumb and misguided. But don’t be discouraged. I’m sure my fellow citizens don’t feel the same. You’ll all be gladly reelected to your posts in Congress to represent us. Your rhetoric is too strong for the feeble-minded, because more than anything they want to believe that your actions are right, that America is Superman, and all that jazz.