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Krugman is Right: We Should Be Ashamed of What Happened after 9/11

The far-right is flipping out over Paul Krugman’s remarks about 9/11 today.

What happened after 9/11 — and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not — was deeply shameful. Te [sic] atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue. Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani, and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.

Everything Krugman wrote is true.

Is anyone proud, 10 years later, that we’re still losing lives in Afghanistan? Is anyone proud, 10 years later, of the war launched under false pretenses that killed several hundred thousand innocent Iraqis and killed or wounded 40,000 Americans?

Is anyone proud of the way that 9/11 was used as a club to viciously attack those who fought honorably for this country?

Anyone proud that, in response to 9/11, the United States government broke its own laws and violated its most important treaties?

Anyone proud of Abu Grhaib and Guantanamo?

Anyone proud that since 9/11, we’ve become more of a police state?


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