George W. Bush’s swipe at domestic extremism: Who was he talking about?

DM

George W. Bush appeared at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday to honor those who died on 9/11. It was an interesting speech, but not necessarily in a good way. He told the veterans of America’s long wars that their sacrifices weren’t in vain, an obviously false statement now that Biden has given Afghanistan itself and U.S. hi-tech weapons valued at $83B to the Taliban. More provocatively, Bush said that Islamic violent extremists are the same as domestic violent extremists when it comes to their “disregard of human life.” The big question is whether Bush was referring to Antifa and BLM or to the January 6 protesters—and, interestingly, everybody assumes he was speaking about the latter. To Bush’s credit, after the Islamist attack on the Twin Towers, he handled the immediate aftermath with dignity and fortitude. He was also correct to want to bring the war to those who attacked us. After that, though, Bush was wrong in so many ways. I’ll refrain from blaming him for the fake intelligence about Iraq’s WMDs or the Pakistan-related realpolitik that seems to have prevented anyone from delivering a death blow to the Taliban.

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