I was perusing my Facebook wall today when I noticed that a private citizen had posted a response to the President’s address on health care. “Oh, it’s Sarah,” I thought. “This ought to be good.”
Sarah is one of my Facebook friends, and while she knows very little about health care, her rants on the subject are frequently entertaining.
This one was shaping up to be a disappointment, however, a lame rehash of things that Republican politicians have been saying. Then, right towards the end, she brung it, and brung it good:
Finally, President Obama delivered an offhand applause line tonight about the cost of the War on Terror. As we approach the anniversary of the September 11th attacks and honor those who died that day and those who have died since in the War on Terror, in order to secure our freedoms, we need to remember their sacrifices and not demonize them as having had too high a price tag.
I’m pretty familiar with the President’s speech, and I don’t remember the “War on Terror” coming up at all. I went back over the transcript, looking for this demonization, and this is the closest thing I could find:
Now, part of the reason I faced a trillion-dollar deficit when I walked in the door of the White House is because too many initiatives over the last decade were not paid for — from the Iraq war to tax breaks for the wealthy. (Applause.) I will not make that same mistake with health care.
Now, even granting that the Republican “mind” equates the Iraq War with 9/11, a talking point that the reality-based community has long since dismissed, I’m hard-pressed to see the demonizing in that statement.
The President did make mention of the war in Afghanistan later in the speech:
Now, add it all up, and the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years — less than we have spent on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and less than the tax cuts for the wealthiest few Americans that Congress passed at the beginning of the previous administration. (Applause.)
Again, Sarah, I’m not seeing it.
What I am seeing is a pretty offensive attempt by a former politician to score political points by exploiting one of our nation’s greatest tragedies. Of course, it makes more sense when you realize that, as David Corn reports today, Palin has joined forces with the neocons to try and mess up Afghanistan as badly as they did Iraq.
I have been the first person to defend Sarah Palin when she has been treated unfairly, despite my nearly full disagreement with her on just about everything, but this is indefensible.
The fact that no-one else seems to have noticed is a testament to her newly-found private citizen-hood. She’s quickly proving that, as a leader, she’s a pretty good Facebook friend.
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