So says Gore Vidal on the the History Channel's program on Lincoln tonight. He was contrasting Lincoln's invocation of the war time powers of the President during the Civil War with GWB's invocation of the same powers after 9/11.
This pithily sets up the Left's POV on the last 4 and 1/2 years. There is no more danger to this country after the 9/11 attacks, according to this position, than there is with our problems with seborrhea of the scalp. None at all.
Were our current situation viewed in Vidal's way, use of Presidential wartime powers would be absurd. From my perspective, seeing two massive buildings disappear entombing those who were unable to evacuate them caused me to believe our nation was at war with those who brought forth that loss of life in our nation. That was, indeed, a far greater act of war than the firing on Fort Sumter.
History will tell us whether GWB and Congress were right in their assessment in the aftermath of that event. I believe that the Vidals are as wrong as the Copperheads were in 1864. Time will tell.
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